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Auburn Tigers in the NFL - Week 5
Oct. 10, 2017

Montravius Adams (DT, Green Bay Packers)
Adams was inactive Sunday for the Packer’s 35-31 win over Dallas. Adams was selected with the 93rd pick in the third round of the 2017 draft. The Vienna, Ga., native became the 17th Auburn defensive tackle drafted in the common draft era, and the highest defensive tackle picked from Auburn since Nick Fairley was drafted 13th overall in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft.
Cameron Artis-Payne (RB, Carolina Panthers)
Artis-Payne saw the field but did not record a stat in Carolina’s 27-24 win over the Lions. The third-year man out of Harrisburg, Pa., rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns and caught one pass for 11 yards in three games in his second year in 2016. Artis-Payne was the 34th Auburn running back drafted in the common draft era when he was selected by the Panthers in the fifth round of the 2015 draft.
Peyton Barber (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Barber played, but did not record a stat in Tampa Bay’s 19-14 loss to the Patriots. The second year Alpharetta, Ga. native has 49 rushing yards though the first four games of the season. Barber made the Buccaneers' 53-man roster after going undrafted in 2016. The Alpharetta, Ga. native rushed for 223 yards and one touchdown in 2016. Barber also had 28 yards on 5 catches in his rookie season.
Daren Bates (LB, Tennessee Titans)
Bates made two tackles in the Titans' 16-10 loss to Miami. A special teams captain, Bates appeared in 16 games with the Raiders in 2016. The undrafted fifth-year man out of Memphis, Tenn., has compiled 40 tackles, recovered two fumbles and blocked one kick in his career.
Quan Bray (WR, Indianapolis Colts)
Bray returned two punts for seven yards in the Colts' 26-23 win over San Francisco. The LaGrange, Ga., native is averaging 25.3 yards on 38 kick returns for a total of 963 yards and 6.8 yards on 40 punt returns for a total of 270 yards in his career. Bray's longest kick return is 60 yards and his longest punt return is 33 yards. Bray has also caught four passes for 58 yards and has seven yards rushing on one attempt.
Josh Bynes (LB, Arizona Cardinals)
Bynes recorded one assisted tackle in the Cardinal’s 34-7 loss to Philadelphia. Bynes has seen the field in all five games of the season. He has started his seventh NFL season off strong with 13 total tackles (12 solo), one sack and one forced fumble through the first four games. Bynes signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Over his career, he's amassed 233 tackles (153 solo), 81 assisted tackles, one and a half sacks,14 pass deflections, one interception and three forced fumbles.
Sammie Coates (WR, Cleveland Browns)
In his first game back from a hamstring injury, Coates saw the field, but did not record a stat in the Browns' 17-14 loss to the New York Jets. Five games into his third season, the second-year man from Leroy, Ala., has 22 receptions for 446 yards (an average of 20.3 yards per catch) and two touchdowns in his career. Coates became the first Auburn wide receiver drafted since 2007 when the Steelers selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Shon Coleman (OT, Cleveland Browns)
Coleman received his fifth consecutive start in the Browns' 17-14 loss to the New York Jets as he helped pave the way for 419 yards of total offense (279 passing, 140 rushing). Coleman was the first Tiger taken off the board in the 2016 NFL Draft, going 76th overall in the third round. The Olive Branch, Miss., native saw action in seven games during his rookie season. The Browns rushed for 160+ yards in both games he saw action at right tackle. Coleman helped the Browns finish second in the NFL with a 4.89 rushing average, the highest by Cleveland since 1966.
Blake Countess (DB, LA Rams)
Countess had two solo tackles in the Rams’ 16-10 loss to Seattle. The Good Council, MD., native is starting his second year off well with nine total tackles (eight solo) through the first five games of the season. Countess was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 21st pick of the sixth round in the 2016 draft. He was the first Auburn defensive back drafted since Walter McFadden in 2010. He had 20 tackles and 8 assists in his first year in 2016.
Karlos Dansby (LB, Arizona Cardinals)
Dansby started in his fifth straight game of the season and continued his dominant play, recording six total tackles (four solo) in Arizona’s 34-7 loss to the Eagles. The 14-year veteran has 32 total tackles (23 solo) and one pass deflection through the first four games of the year. The former All-SEC linebacker is looking to become only the fifth player to join the elite club with at least 40 sacks and 20 interceptions. The Birmingham, Ala. native has racked up 1,349 tackles (1,017 solo), 42.0 sacks, 19 interceptions (six returned for touchdowns) and 18 forced fumbles during his time with the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.
Nick Fairley (DT, New Orleans Saints)
Fairley will likely miss the entirety of his seventh year in the NFL because of a heart issue. The former first round draft pick and Lombardi Award winner from Mobile, Alabama has racked up 170 tackles (113 solo), 20.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles over his six years in the NFL. [IR]
Dee Ford (LB, Kansas City Chiefs)
Ford was sidelined for the second straight week by a lower back injury in the Chiefs 29-20 win over Washington. The Odenville, Ala., native had 38 tackles (25 solo), 10 sacks and a forced fumble last season. Ford became the highest-drafted Auburn defensive end since Gerald Robinson in 1986 when the Chiefs selected him 23rd overall in the 2014 draft. Ford has 76 tackles in his career including 16.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Rudy Ford (DB, Arizona Cardinals)
Ford played in his fifth straight game for the Cardinal’s in their 34-7 loss Sunday to Philadelphia. Ford was drafted with the 24th pick of the sixth round by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2017 NFL draft. He and Joshua Holsey are the first pair of defensive backs from Auburn to be drafted in the same year since Pat Lee and Jonathan Wilhite in 2008.
Corey Grant (RB, Jacksonville Jaguars)
Grant made two tackles in the Jaguars' 30-9 win over Pittsburgh. Grant led the AFC in rushing throughout the preseason with 191 yards on 22 carries, including a 79-yard touchdown run against New England and a fake punt for 51 yards. The third-year man from Opelika, Ala., is averaging 23.3 yards on 25 kick returns in his career with a long of 42, has made seven tackles and has eight receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. Grant also has 263 yards and a touchdown with a long of 58 yards on the ground in his career.
Josh Harris (LS, Atlanta Falcons)
The Falcons were on a bye in week five. The Carrolton, Ga., native, now in his sixth season, has served as Atlanta's long snapper in all 84 games of his NFL career.
Josh Holsey (DB, Washington Redskins)
Washington had a bye in week five. Holsey was drafted with the 17th pick of the seventh round in the 2017 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins. He and Rudy Ford are the first pair of defensive backs from Auburn to be drafted in the same year since Pat Lee and Jonathan Wilhite in 2008.
Jonathan Jones (DB, New England Patriots)
Jones made one tackle and had a pass breakup in the Patriots 19-14 win over Tampa Bay, bringing him up to 10 tackles and three pass breakups on the season. The Carrolton, Ga., native made the Patriots' 53-man roster after going undrafted in 2016. Jones went on to make 14 tackles, force two fumbles and defend one pass in his rookie season.  
Brandon King (DB, New England Patriots)
King saw the field, but did not record a stat in the Patriots' 19-14 win over Tampa Bay. King has compiled 23 combined tackles, forced one fumble and appeared on special teams three games into his third season. The Alabaster, Ala. native was picked up by New England after going undrafted in 2015.
DaVonte Lambert (DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Lambert did not play again in the Buccaneers’ 19-14 loss to New England. Lambert has not yet played in the 2017 after being placed on the IR because of a dislocated wrist shortly before the season began. Lambert has recorded 14 tackles (9 solo) in his one year as a Buccaneer. Lambert made the Buccaneers 53-man roster after not being drafted in 2016. The Keysville, Ga., native had 48 career tackles at Auburn.
Chris Landrum (LB, San Diego Chargers)
Landrum did not play in the Chargers’ 27-22 win over the New York Giants as he will likely be on the Chargers’ injury reserve for the season because of a shoulder injury. In his rookie season, the Meridian, Miss., native saw action in 10 games, recording four tackles and a sack.
Devaroe Lawrence (DT, New Orleans Saints)
Lawrence signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent this offseason. The Greenville, S.C. native did not play in the Saints 20-0 win over Miami as he is currently on the IR, but is looking for playing time after recovery. Lawrence made 45 career tackles during his time on The Plains.
Carl Lawson (DE, Cincinnati Bengals)
Lawson tallied a sack as the Bengals took down Buffalo 20-16, bringing him up to five tackles and three and a half sacks on the season. The Alpharetta, Ga., native has achieved one of the highest pass rushing grades this season by pro football focus with an 84.1, and has a whopping 25 quarterback pressures early into the season. Lawson was drafted with the ninth pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He is the first Auburn defensive end drafted since Dee Ford was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 23rd pick of the first round in the 2014 NFL draft.
Ricardo Louis (WR, Cleveland Browns)
Louis tied his career high of five receptions for 71 yards in the Browns' 17-14 loss to the New York Jets, bringing him up to 15 receptions for 204 yards on the season. During his rookie season, Louis caught 18 passes for 205 yards (11.4 yards per catch) while making three starts. The Miami, Fla., native also had nine kick returns for 164 yards, nine tackles, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in his rookie season. The Browns selected Louis in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Louis and Sammie Coates (2015 third round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers) were the first pair of Auburn wide receivers to be drafted in consecutive years since Ben Obamanu (2006), Devin Aromashodu (2006) and Courtney Taylor (2007).  
Video: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap3000000858231/Hogan-connects-with-Ricardo-Louis-for-a-20-yard-gain?icampaign=%22search-video-ricardo+louis%22


 

 

Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers)
Newton had another stellar performance in Sunday’s 27-24 win over the Lions, completing 26-of-33 passes for 355 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Newton has pushed the Panthers offense into high gear leading them to a 4-1 start to the 2017 season.  Newton is returning for his seventh season in the NFL as a Carolina Panther coming off of shoulder surgery this offseason. In week four, he rushed for his 50th career touchdown, most in NFL history by a quarterback. Last season, Newton passed for 3,509 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he also rushed for 359 yards and five touchdowns.  Since 2011, he has the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL among active quarterbacks (50 TDs), and he is seventh among all active players. He is the first player in Panthers history with 17 300-yard games and is the Panthers career leader with 144 touchdown passes. In 2015,  the College Park, Ga., native became the first player in NFL history to pass for 30 touchdowns and rush for 10 touchdowns in a single season. He is the first player in NFL history to start his career with five consecutive seasons with over 3,000 passing yards and 500 yards rushing. In his career, Newton has compiled 23.009 yards through the air with 144 touchdowns and has 3,656 yards on the ground with 50 touchdowns. The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner became Auburn's fourth No. 1 overall pick when Carolina selected him in the 2011 draft.
 Cody Parkey (PK, Miami Dolphins)
Parkey made one field goal and an extra point in the Dolphins' 16-10 win over Tennessee. The Jupiter, Fla., native has converted 60-of-70 field goal attempts with a long of 54 yards and is 83-for-86 on extra points in his career. Parkey has also averaged 63.7 yards per kickoff with 88 touchbacks and even three tackles after the fifth game of his fourth career season. Parkey had one of the best rookie seasons by a kicker in NFL history in 2014 as he set the NFL rookie scoring record with 150 points and was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl.
Jay Prosch (FB, Houston Texans)
Prosch did not record a stat, but helped pave the way for 450 total yards of offense (323 passing and 127 rushing) in the Texans' 42-34 loss to Kansas City. Prosch also has a 61.1 rating by Pro Football Focus, one of the highest ratings on the Texans and ninth highest fullback rating in the NFL. Prosch’s consistent success was validated by the Texans organization with his recently signed three year extension. The Saraland, Ala., native has 10 carries for 42 yards and two catches for 30 yards in his career. On special teams, Prosch has also racked up 17 tackles. The former Tiger H-Back was a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Greg Robinson (OL, Detroit Lions)
Robinson started for the fifth straight week in the Lions’ 27-24 loss to Carolina. He has started in 47 games since he joined the NFL in 2014. The Thibodaux, La., native was drafted second overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, the highest-drafted offensive lineman in Auburn history. He played in all 16 games of his rookie season with 12 starts. He has started in 47 of his 51 games played in his career.
Pat Sims (DL, Cincinnati Bengals)
Sims received his fourth start of the season, but did not record a stat in the Bengals' 20-16 win over Buffalo. Although Sims recorded no stats, he contributed to the Bengals defense holding Buffalo to 221 yards of total offense. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has eight tackles on the season. Sims had 37 tackles and a sack and a half last season. A third-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Sims was the first Auburn defensive tackle drafted at the time since Mike Pelton was drafted in the fifth round by the Chiefs in the 1995 NFL draft. Sims has compiled 278 tackles, eight and a half sacks and one interception in his ten-year career.
Neiko Thorpe (DB, Seattle Seahawks)
Thorpe came back strong after missing two games because of an ankle injury, making an impact on special teams in Seattle’s 16-10 win over the Rams. Thorpe recorded one tackle and recovered a fumble on a muffed punt by the Rams. Thorpe is in his second season as a Seahawk. Last season, he appeared in 15 games and compiled 19 tackles (13 solo). Thorpe has made 74 tackles (64 solo) in his NFL career over 5 seasons with the Seahawks, Raiders and Chiefs.
Video:
http://www.seahawks.com/video/2017/10/08/neiko-thorpe-recovers-rams-muffed-punt-seahawks

C.J. Uzomah (TE, Cincinnati Bengals)
In his first start of the season, Uzomah had one reception for 21 yards in the Bengals' 20-16 win over Buffalo. Uzomah also helped pave the way for 388 yards of total offense ( 323 passing, 65 rushing) for the Bengals as a blocker. The Suwanee, Ga., native had eight starts, one tackle, 25 receptions for 234 yards (average of 9.4 per catch) with a long of 54 yards and a touchdown last season. Uzomah became the first Auburn tight end drafted since Walter Reeves (1989) when the Bengals selected him in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Highlight: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap3000000858027/C-J-Uzomah-maneuvers-past-defenders-at-his-feet

Christian Westerman (OG, Cincinnati Bengals)
Westerman did not see the field in the Bengals' 20-16 win over Buffalo. The Chandler, Ariz., native has seen action in eight preseason games with one start in his first two seasons after being picked up in the fifth round (No. 161 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. In those games, Westerman helped pave the way for 2,452 yards of total offense (1,601 passing, 851 rushing). Westerman is the first guard to be drafted after playing at Auburn since Ben Grubbs was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft.
Other former Tigers on NFL practice squads:  Cassanova McKinzy (Rams), Chad Slade (Texans), Gimel President (Texans), Jermaine Whitehead (Packers), Gabe Wright (Dolphins), Angelo Blackson (Patriots)

Report compiled by Auburn Media Relations student assistants T.J. Stricklin and Joseph Hooven

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