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Auburn Tigers in the NFL - Week 8
Defensive Back Jonathan Jones of the New England Patriots
Oct. 31, 2017

Montravius Adams (DT, Green Bay Packers)
Adams did not play as the Packers had a bye in week eight. 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 played for the fifth game in a row, and saw his first offensive snaps of the season recording eight yards on four attempts in the Panther’s 17-3 win over Tampa Bay. Artis-Payne also caught one pass for two yards. 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 saw the field for the seventh game in a row, but did not record a stat in Tampa Bay’s 17-3 loss to the Panthers. The second year Alpharetta, Ga. native has 49 rushing yards though the first eight weeks 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 and the Titans were on a bye this week. He has three tackles on the season. 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 one kickoff for 19 yards and one punt for 20 yards in the Colts' 24-23 loss to Cincinnati. The LaGrange, Ga., native has three receptions for 39 yards, 17 kick returns for 413 yards and 14 punt returns for 66 yards on the season. Bray is averaging 25.8 yards on 47 kick returns for a total of 1,214 yards and 6.9 yards on 42 punt returns for a total of 290 yards in his career. Bray's longest kick return is 60 yards and his longest punt return is 33 yards. Bray has also caught six passes for 75 yards and has seven yards rushing on one attempt.

Josh Bynes (LB, Arizona Cardinals)
Bynes and the Cardinals had a bye in week eight. Bynes has started his seventh NFL season off strong with 15 total tackles (13 solo), one sack and one forced fumble through the first seven games. Bynes signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Over his career, he's amassed 236 tackles (154 solo), 82 assisted tackles, one and a half sacks,14 pass deflections, one interception and three forced fumbles.

Sammie Coates (WR, Cleveland Browns)
Coates had two receptions for 13 yards and made one tackle in the Browns' 33-16 loss to Minnesota. Eight games into his third season, the second-year man from Leroy, Ala., has 25 receptions for 470 yards (an average of 18.8 yards per catch with a long of 72 yards), two touchdowns, four rushes for 14 yards, six kickoff returns for 150 yards and 12 tackles. 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 eighth consecutive start in the Browns' 33-16 loss to Minnesota as he helped pave the way for 276 yards of total offense. Coleman also received a grade of 89.6 from Pro Football Focus for his performance, the highest on the team for the day. The Olive Branch, Miss., native was the first Tiger taken off the board in the 2016 NFL Draft, going 76th overall in the third round. Coleman 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 did not play because of the Ram’s bye in week eight. Countess has 12 total tackles (11 solo) through the first eight weeks 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 and the Cardinals were on a bye this week. Dansby has a season total 37 tackles (29 solo) and one pass deflection through the first eight weeks of the season. The 14-year veteran and 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 1,359 tackles (1,028 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 made one tackle before exiting midgame due to a back injury in the Chiefs 29-19 win over Denver. 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 82 tackles in his career, including 17.5 sacks, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Rudy Ford (DB, Arizona Cardinals)
Ford and the Cardinals were on a bye in week eight. Ford has played in every game this season. The Big Cove, Ala. product 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 and the Jaguars had a bye in week eight. The third-year man from Opelika, Ala., has 25 kick returns for 582 yards (an average of 23.3 yards per kickoff) with a long of 42, has made eight tackles and has nine receptions for 89 yards (an average of 9.9 yards per catch) and a touchdown in his career. Grant also has 53 rushes for 271 yards (an average of 5.1 yards per carry) and a touchdown with a long of 58 yards in his career.

Josh Harris (LS, Atlanta Falcons)
Harris served as a captain and long snapper in Atlanta’s 25-20 win over the Jets. The Carrolton, Ga., native, now in his sixth season, has served as Atlanta's long snapper in all 87 games of his NFL career.

Josh Holsey (DB, Washington Redskins)
Holsey saw the field for the third game in a row, but did not record a stat in the Redskins’ 33-19 loss to Dallas. 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 played a crucial role in the Patriots 21-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The Carrolton, Ga., native assisted former Auburn teammate Brandon King in a safety-forcing tackle, made the game-clinching interception and had two pass breakups. Jones received the highest grade by a Patriot on the day from Pro Football Focus with a grade of 82.8. Eight games into his sophomore season, Jones has 15 tackles, six pass breakups and one interception. Jones 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 teamed up with former Auburn teammate Jonathan Jones to make a pivotal tackle for a safety in the Patriots' 21-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The Alabaster, Ala. native has four tackles and one safety on the season. Eight games into his third season, King has compiled 26 combined tackles, forced one fumble, forced one safety and appeared on special teams. King was picked up by New England after going undrafted in 2015.

DaVonte Lambert (DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Lambert did not play in the Buccaneers’ 17-3 loss to Carolina. Lambert has not yet played in 2017 after being placed on the IR. 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’ 21-13 loss to New England 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 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 continued to impress in the Bengals’ 24-23 win over Indianapolis, making one sack to bring his season total to four and a half. The Alpharetta, Ga., native has seven total tackles seven games into his career. Lawson is tied for second in highest pass rush productivity grades in the NFL by Pro Football Focus with a 15.9. The All-SEC performer 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)
In his sixth consecutive start on the season, Louis hauled in two receptions for 42 yards in the Browns' 33-16 loss to Minnesota. The pair of catches brought the sophomore up to 23 receptions for 292 receiving yards (an average of 12.7 yards per catch) on the year. During his rookie season, Louis caught 18 passes for 205 yards (an average of 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).

Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers)
Newton completed 18 of 32 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown in the Panther’s 17-3 week eight win over Tampa Bay. Newton also rushed 11 times for 44 yards. Newton has led his team to a 5-3 start by completing 166-263 passes for 1,841 yards and 10 touchdowns, while rushing 60 times for 255 yards and three touchdowns through the first eight games of the 2017 season. He is returning for his seventh season in the NFL as a Carolina Panther coming off of shoulder surgery this offseason. Last season, Newton passed for 3,509 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he also rushed for 359 yards and five touchdowns. Since 2011, he holds the NFL record for most rushing touchdowns (51 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 145 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 23,459 yards through the air with 145 touchdowns and has 3,777 yards on the ground with 51 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 kicked off once in the Dolphins' 40-0 loss to Baltimore. The Jupiter, Fla., native is 8-for-9 on field goals with a long of 54 yards, 8-for-10 on extra points and has 12 touchbacks this season. Parkey has converted 63-of-74 field goal attempts with a long of 54 yards and is 89-for-92 on extra points in his career. Parkey has also averaged 63.8 yards per kickoff with 95 touchbacks and even three tackles after the sixth 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 helped pave the way for the Texans’ 479 yards of offense and 38 points in their 41-38 loss to Seattle. Prosch has a 64.2 rating by Pro Football Focus, one of the highest ratings on the Texans and seventh-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 three receptions for 48 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 missed the Lions’ 20-15 loss to Pittsburgh due to injury. Robinson has started in 48 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 made three tackles in his sixth start of the season as the Bengals defeated Indianapolis 24-23. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has 19 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 289 tackles, eight and a half sacks and one interception in his ten-year career.

Neiko Thorpe (DB, Seattle Seahawks)
Thorpe played in his fifth game of the season and recorded one assisted tackle in the Seahawks’ 41-38 win over Houston. Thorpe, in his second season as a Seahawk, has recorded four tackles (three solo) and a fumble recovery, playing in five games. Last season, he appeared in 15 games and compiled 19 tackles (13 solo). Thorpe has made 76 tackles (65 solo) in his NFL career over 5 seasons with the Seahawks, Raiders and Chiefs.

C.J. Uzomah (TE, Cincinnati Bengals)
Uzomah made his third consecutive start of the season in the Bengals’ 24-23 win over Indianapolis. Although he did not record a stat, he served mainly as a blocker and helped pave the way for 276 yards. Uzomah has three receptions for 39 yards on the season. 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.

Christian Westerman (OG, Cincinnati Bengals)
Westerman did not see the field in the Bengals’ 24-23 win over Indianapolis. 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.

Jermaine Whitehead, (FS, Green Bay Packers)
Whitehead and the Packers had a bye in week eight. Whitehead was called up to the Packers’ active roster in week seven and played his first career NFL game that week. Whitehead signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Whitehead split time in his rookie season between the 49ers and Ravens, but has been with the Packers since 2016. Whitehead recorded 218 tackles, nine interceptions and two touchdowns in his three years as a starter for Auburn.


Other former Tigers on NFL practice squads:  Cassanova McKinzy (Rams), Chad Slade (Texans), Gimel President (Texans), Gabe Wright (Dolphins), Angelo Blackson (Patriots)

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

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