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Auburn Tigers in the NFL - Week 12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber (25) gets around Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) for a touchdown during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 28, 2017

Montravius Adams (DT, Green Bay Packers)
Adams, playing in the fourth game of his career, recorded the first career tackle in the Packers’ 31-28 loss to Pittsburgh Sunday night. 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 had one carry in the Panthers’ 35-27 win over the New York Jets. The third-year man out of Harrisburg, Pa., now has 79 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and one catch for two yards while appearing in eight games through week 12.  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 was limited to seven yards on five carries, but found the end zone twice, the second and third touchdowns of his career, in Tampa Bay’s 34-20 loss to the Falcons Sunday. The second-year Alpharetta, Ga. native has 88 rushing yards, two touchdowns and 31 receiving yards though the first 12 weeks of the season. Barber made the Buccaneers' 53-man roster after going undrafted in 2016, and rushed for 223 yards and one touchdown in his rookie season. Barber also had 28 yards on five catches last year.
Video: http://www.buccaneers.com/videos/videos/Highlight-Peyton-Barbers-Second-Touchdown/40f0b7e4-3e35-48dd-b492-e1068c0a5e1d


 

 

Daren Bates (LB, Tennessee Titans)
Bates saw the field, but did not record a stat in the Titans' 20-16 win over Indianapolis. Bates has six 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 43 tackles, recovered two fumbles, returned one of them for a touchdown, defended one pass and has blocked one kick in his career.


Angelo Blackson (DT, Houston Texans)
Blackson saw the field, but did not record a stat in the Texans' 23-16 loss to Baltimore. 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 in his career. Blackson was drafted in the fourth round with the 100th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He 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 was placed on the Colts' injury reserve after week nine. The LaGrange, Ga., native had 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 had one of his best games of the season in the Cardinals’ 27-24 win over Jacksonville, recording nine tackles (eight solo), something he has only done four times in his seven-year career, while also recording his second forced fumble of the season. Bynes has seen the field in every game of his seventh NFL season, racking up 25 total tackles (22 solo), one sack and two forced fumbles. Bynes signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Over his career, he's amassed 246 tackles (163 solo), 83 assisted tackles, 1.5 sacks, 14 pass deflections, one interception and four forced fumbles.
Video: http://www.nfl.com/m/share?p=%2Fvideos%2Fnfl-game-highlights%2F0ap3000000883255%2FJosh-Bynes-strips-Chris-Ivory-Karlos-Dansby-recovers-fumble

Sammie Coates (WR, Cleveland Browns)
Coates was sidelined by an injury in the Browns' 30-16 loss to Cincinnati. Despite battling injuries, Coates has five receptions for 62 yards and four tackles on the season. The third-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 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)
In his 11th consecutive start of the season, Coleman helped pave the way for 405 yards of total offense in the Browns' 30-16 loss to Cincinnati. 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 continued to expand his role in the Rams’ defense playing 36 snaps and recording one solo tackle in their 26-20 win over New Orleans. The second-year man out of Baltimore, Md. has amassed 19 total tackles (15 solo) and one interception through the first 11 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 three solo tackles, a pass deflection and recovered a fumble forced by fellow Auburn alum, Josh Bynes, in the Cardinals’ 27-24 win over Jacksonville. Dansby has a season total of 63 tackles (48 solo), one sack, three pass deflections and one interception. Dansby earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in week nine following a seven-tackle performance that included a sack, a tackle for loss, two passes defended and his 20th-career interception. This season, Dansby became one of just five players in NFL history to join the 40/20 club (40 sacks and 20 interceptions).The Birmingham, Ala. native has racked up 1,385 tackles (1,047 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 was sidelined by an injury in the Chiefs’ 16-10 loss to Buffalo. 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 was held out for the first time this season due to a knee injury. The rookie cornerback out of Big Cove, Ala. has seen action in all but one game this season, recording five tackles through week 11.  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 continued to shine on special teams, taking one kickoff for a career-best 68 yards in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars' 27-24 loss to Arizona. He 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 this season. Grant is also averaging 57 yards per fake punt this season on two attempts. 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 also has three receptions for 41 yards (an average of 13.7 yards per catch), eight kick returns for 242 yards (an average of 30.3 yards per return) and three tackles on the season. The third-year man from Opelika, Ala., has 29 kick returns for 730 yards (an average of 25.2 yards per kickoff) with a long of 68, has made nine 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-game-highlights/0ap3000000883554/Corey-Grant-goes-68-yards-for-a-HUGE-kick-return?icampaign=%22search-video-corey+grant%22


Josh Harris (LS, Atlanta Falcons)
Harris served as a captain and long snapper in Atlanta's 34-20 win over the Buccaneers.  The Carrolton, Ga., native, now in his sixth season, has served as Atlanta's long snapper in all 91 games of his NFL career.

Josh Holsey (DB, Washington Redskins)
Holsey saw the field for the seventh game in a row, but did not record a stat in the Redskins' 20-10 win over the New York Giants. Ford has one tackle so far in his rookie season. The 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 had a big outing for New England, recording nine tackles, including the first sack of his career in the Patriots’ 35-17 win over Miami. Jones has forced opposing quarterbacks to have a 22.6 passer rating when throwing his way over the past seven weeks, the second-lowest rating in the league over that time. 11 games into his sophomore season, Jones has 32 tackles, eight pass breakups, one sack and one game-clinching interception. The Carrollton, Ga., native made the Patriots' 53-man roster after going undrafted in 2016. In his career, Jones now has 46 tackles, nine passes defended, one sack, one interception and a forced fumble.

Brandon King (DB, New England Patriots)
King saw the field, but did not record a stat in the Patriots’ 35-17 win over Miami. 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 did not play in the Buccaneers’ 34-20 loss to Atlanta. Lambert is currently on the Buccaneers' IR. 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 see the field in the Chargers' 28-6 win over Dallas. Landrum 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 has not seen the field yet this season as he is currently on the IR. Lawrence made 45 career tackles during his time on The Plains.

Carl Lawson (DE, Cincinnati Bengals)
Lawson continued to shine in his ability to get to the quarterback, recording 1.5 sacks and two tackles total in the Bengals' 30-16 win over Cleveland. 11 games into his rookie season, the Alpharetta, Ga., native has seven sacks, which leads all rookies and ranks ninth overall in the league, as part of 10 total tackles. 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 an 81.5 overall grade by pro football focus, the sixth-highest rookie rating and highest rookie lineman rating. Lawson also has 10 more pressures than any other rookie pass rusher on the season with 38. 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 received his ninth-consecutive start, but did not record a stat in the Browns' 30-16 loss to Cincinnati. Louis has 26 receptions for 322 yards (an average of 12.4 yards per catch) and one tackle on the season. That total brings him up to 44 receptions for 527 yards (and average of 11.9 yards per catch) and one tackle 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)
Wearing orange and blue cleats to celebrate Auburn’s Iron Bowl victory, Newton led the Panthers to their fourth-consecutive win, topping the Jets 35-27. Newton completed 11-of-28 passes for 168 yards and rushed nine times for 28 yards and a touchdown in the contest. Newton has led his team to an 8-3 record, completing 211-of-350 passes for 2,400 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing 83 times for 464 yards and five touchdowns through week 12 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 24,172 yards through the air with 150 touchdowns and has 4,030 yards on the ground with 53 touchdowns. The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner became Auburn's fourth No. 1 overall pick when Carolina selected him in the 2011 draft.
Video: https://twitter.com/Panthers/status/934856848468873219

Cody Parkey (PK, Miami Dolphins)
Parkey made one field goal and two extra points in the Dolphins' 35-17 loss to New England. The Jupiter, Fla. native is 12-for-13 on field goals with a long of 54 yards, 16-for-19 on extra points and has 18 touchbacks this season. Parkey was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in week two following a four field goal performance, including a game-winning 54 yard kick. Parkey has converted 67-of-78 field goal attempts with a long of 54 yards and is 97-for-101 on extra points in his career. Parkey has also averaged 63.4 yards per kickoff with 101 touchbacks and even four tackles after the 11th 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 fourth start of the season, Prosch helped pave the way for 303 total yards of offense in the Texans' 23-16 loss to Baltimore. Prosch has a 74.6 rating by Pro Football Focus, one of the highest ratings on the Texans and sixth-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 Lions’ IR after suffering an ankle injury. He will likely be on the IR through the end of the season. 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 had one tackle, a crucial sack, in the Bengals' 30-16 win over Cleveland. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has 20 tackles and one sack 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 290 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three pass breakups and one interception in his ten-year career.

Neiko Thorpe (DB, Seattle Seahawks)
Thorpe recorded two solo tackles and one pass deflection in Seattle’s 24-10 win over the 49ers. Thorpe, in his second season as a Seahawk, has recorded eight tackles (six solo), two pass deflections and a fumble recovery through week 12. 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 recorded two tackles in the Bengals' 30-16 win over Denver. Along with his special teams contributions, he also served as a blocker and helped pave the way for 361 yards of offense. Uzomah has three receptions for 39 yards and five 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' 30-16 win over Cleveland. 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. Westerman is the first former Auburn guard to be drafted since Ben Grubbs was taken by the Ravens in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft.

Jermaine Whitehead, (FS, Green Bay Packers)
Whitehead, playing in the fifth game of his NFL career, recorded one solo tackle in the Packers' 31-28 loss to Pittsburgh. Whitehead was called up to the Packers' active roster in week seven and played his first career NFL game that week, and has since recorded four tackles (three solo) in his five games through week 12. 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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