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Auburn Tigers in the NFL - Week 10
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs as Miami Dolphins strong safety Nate Allen (29) defends in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 14, 2017

Montravius Adams (DT, Green Bay Packers)
Adams saw the field for the third time this season, but did not record a stat in the Packers’ 23-16 win over Chicago. 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 a season-high seven carries in Carolina’s 45-21 win over the Dolphins Monday night. Artis-Payne turned those carries into a season-high 68 yards and scored his first touchdown of the season, averaging 9.7 yards per carry and breaking one for 43 yards late in the contest. The third-year man out of Harrisburg, Pa. now has 79 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and one catch for 2 yards playing in seven games through week 10.  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.
Video:http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap3000000877172/Cameron-Artis-Payne-uses-nifty-hesitation-move-on-12-yard-TD?icampaign=%22search-video-cameron+artis+payne%22

Peyton Barber (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Barber had two carries in Tampa Bay’s 15-10 win over the Jets. The second year Alpharetta, Ga. native has 81 rushing yards and 20 receiving yards though the first nine 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 recorded one tackle in the Titans’ 24-20 win over Cincinnati. Bates has five 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 42 tackles, recovered two fumbles, defended one pass and blocked one kick in his career.


Angelo Blackson (DT, Houston Texans)
Blackson recorded two tackles and defended a pass in the Texans’ 33-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Blackson was signed off the Patriots’ practice squad and promoted to the Texans’ active roster last week. In his career, the third-year man out of Bear, Del. has 26 tackles, two and a half sacks, two passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Blackson was drafted in the fourth round with the 100th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Blackson and Gabe Wright became the first defensive tackle tandem to be drafted out of Auburn since Nick Fairley and Zach Clayton in 2011.


Quan Bray (WR, Indianapolis Colts)
Bray is currently on the Colts’ IR. The LaGrange, Ga., native has three receptions for 39 yards, 18 kick returns for 430 yards and 17 punt returns for 90 yards on the season. Bray is averaging 25.6 yards on 48 kick returns for a total of 1,231 yards and 7 yards on 45 punt returns for a total of 314 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 recorded one solo tackle in the Cardinals’ 22-16 loss to Seattle. Bynes has seen the field in every game of his seventh NFL season, recording 16 total tackles (14 solo), one sack and one forced fumble through the first 10 weeks. 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)
In his first start of the season, Coates had two receptions for 38 yards in the Browns’ 38-24 loss to Detroit. 10 games into his third season, the second-year man from Leroy, Ala., has 27 receptions for 508 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.
Highlight: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap3000000875237/DeShone-Kizer-delivers-38-yard-bomb-to-Sammie-Coates?icampaign=%22search-video-sammie+coates%22 


Shon Coleman (OT, Cleveland Browns)
In his ninth consecutive start of the season, Coleman helped pave the way for 413 yards (212 passing, 201 rushing) in the Browns’ 38-24 loss to Detroit. The Olive Branch, Miss., native has been one of the bright spots for the Browns as he’s started every game this season. Coleman 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 continues to be a key part of the Rams’ defense, recording on pass deflection and his first career interception, which was returned 19 yards in Los Angeles’ 33-7 win over the Texans. The second year man out of Baltimore, Md. has amassed 15 total tackles (12 solo) and one interception through the first 10 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)
The 14-year veteran recorded seven tackles (4 solo) in the Cardinals’ 22-16 loss to Seattle. Dansby has a season total of 51 tackles (38 solo), one sack, three pass deflections and one interception through the first ten weeks of the season. Last week, Dansby earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following a seven-tackle performance that included a sack, a tackle for loss, two passes defended and his 20th-career interception. Dansby is now one of just five players in NFL history in the 40/20 club (40 sacks and 20 interceptions). The Birmingham, Ala. native has racked up 1,373 tackles (1,037 solo), 43.0 sacks, 20 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 and Chiefs were on a bye. On the season, Ford has racked up 13 tackles, two sacks, one pass defended and one forced fumble. 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 recorded his third tackle of the season in the Cardinals’ 22-16 loss to Seattle. The rookie cornerback out of Big Cove, Ala. has seen action in every game this season. 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 rushed his second fake punt of the season 56 yards for the first touchdown of the game and returned two kicks for 51 yards in the Jaguars 20-17 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers. During the rush, Grant clocked one of the highest speed totals of the day at 20.43 MPH. Grant is averaging 57 yards per fake punt this season. Those two rushes over 50 yards this season on fourth down match the tally for all other active players combined in their careers in that category. Grant has 20 rushes for 179 yards (an average of 9 yards per carry), including two runs over 50 yards with a long of 58 yards, and a touchdown. Grant also has three receptions for 41, seven kick returns for 174 yards (an average of 24.9 yards per return) and two tackles on the season. The third-year man from Opelika, Ala. has 28 kick returns for 662 yards (an average of 23.6 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 58 rushes for 345 yards (an average of 5.9 yards per carry), including three rushes over 50 yards, and two touchdowns with a long of 58 yards in his career.
Highlight: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-cant-miss-plays/0ap3000000875358/Can-t-Miss-Play-Grant-houses-a-SPECTACULAR-fake-punt-for-TD?icampaign=%22search-video-corey+grant%22 


Josh Harris (LS, Atlanta Falcons)
Harris served as a captain and long snapper in Atlanta’s 27-7 win over the Cowboys. The Carrolton, Ga. native, now in his sixth season, has served as Atlanta's long snapper in all 89 games of his NFL career.


Josh Holsey (DB, Washington Redskins)
Holsey saw the field for the fifth game in a row, but did not record a stat in the Redskins’ 38-30 loss to Minnesota. The rookie defensive back out of Fairburn, Ga. 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 four tackles and defended one pass in the Patriots’ 41-16 win over Denver. Jones has forced opposing quarterbacks to have a 22.6 passer rating when throwing his way over the past five weeks, the second lowest rating in the league over that time. Nine games into his sophomore season, Jones has 18 tackles, seven pass breakups and one game-clinching interception. The Carrollton, 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. In his career, Jones now has 32 tackles, eight passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble.


Brandon King (DB, New England Patriots)
King recorded two tackles in the Patriots’ 41-16 win over Denver. The Alabaster, Ala. native has six tackles and one safety on the season. In his career, King has compiled 28 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 continued to miss the season 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 is currently on the Chargers’ IR. 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 and 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 added another sack to his season tally in the Bengals’ 24-20 loss to Tennessee, bringing his season total to five and a half.  Nine games into his rookie season, the Alpharetta, Ga., native has eight tackles total. Lawson is tied for second in highest pass rush productivity grades in the NFL by Pro Football Focus with a 15.9. Lawson also has 10 more pressures than any other rookie pass rusher on the season with 35. 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 had two receptions for 15 yards in the Browns’ 38-24 loss to Detroit. Nine games into his second season, Louis has 25 receptions for 307 yards (an average of 12.3 yards per catch). That total brings him up to 43 receptions for 512 yards (and average of 11.9 yards per catch) in his career. 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 carried the Panthers to their seventh win of the season, leading the offense to record 548 yards, breaking the franchise record in Monday night’s 45-21 blowout win over Miami. Newton completed 21-of-35 passes for 254 yards and a season-high four touchdowns, bringing his career total to 150. Newton also rushed five times for 95 yards, (an average of 19 yards per carry), eclipsing the 4,000-yard mark for his career. Newton has led his team to a 7-3 record by completing 200-of-322 passes for 2,232 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing 74 times for 436 yards and four touchdowns through the first ten weeks of the 2017 season. Newton 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. He holds the NFL record for most rushing touchdowns (51 TDs) among quarterbacks, 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 146 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 24,004 yards through the air with 150 touchdowns and has 4,002 yards on the ground with 52 touchdowns. The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner became Auburn's fourth No. 1 overall pick when Carolina selected him in the 2011 draft.
Highlights: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap3000000877257/Cam-Newton-highlights-Week-10?icampaign=%22search-video-cam+newton%22


Cody Parkey (PK, Miami Dolphins)
Parkey made three extra points in the Dolphins' 45-21 loss to Carolina. The Jupiter, Fla. native is 9-for-10 on field goals with a long of 54 yards, 12-for-15 on extra points and has 13 touchbacks this season. Parkey has converted 64-of-75 field goal attempts with a long of 54 yards and is 93-for-97 on extra points in his career. Parkey has also averaged 63.4 yards per kickoff with 96 touchbacks and even four tackles after the ninth 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)
Making his third start of the season, Prosch helped pave the way for 283 yards of offense in the Texans’ 33-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Prosch has a 74.9 rating by Pro Football Focus, one of the highest ratings on the Texans and fifth highest fullback rating in the NFL. The Saraland, Ala. native has 10 carries for 42 yards and four receptions for 49 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 has been placed on the Lion’s IR after suffering an ankle injury. He 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.


Pat Sims (DL, Cincinnati Bengals)
Sims missed week 10 due to injury. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has 19 tackles on the season. Sims had 37 tackles and 1.5 sacks 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, three pass breakups and one interception in his ten-year career.


Neiko Thorpe (DB, Seattle Seahawks)
Thorpe saw the field, but did not record a stat in Seattle’s 22-16 victory over the Cardinals. Thorpe, in his second season as a Seahawk, has recorded six tackles (four solo) and a fumble recovery through week 10. Last season, he appeared in 15 games and compiled 19 tackles (13 solo). Thorpe has made 78 tackles (66 solo) in his NFL career over 5 seasons with the Seahawks, Raiders and Chiefs.


C.J. Uzomah (TE, Cincinnati Bengals)
Uzomah served mainly as a blocker and helped pave the way for 308 yards of offense in the Bengals’ 24-20 loss to Tennessee. Uzomah has three receptions for 39 yards and three tackles 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’ 24-20 loss to Tennessee. The Chandler, Ariz. native was selected in the fifth round (No. 161 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft, becoming the first Auburn guard to be drafted since Ben Grubbs was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft.


Jermaine Whitehead, (FS, Green Bay Packers)
Whitehead, playing in the third game of his career, recording the first two tackles (one solo) of his career in Green Bay’s 23-16 win over the Bears. 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)

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

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