And then there were 14-Which former BYU football players made the NFL cuts?

The NFL preseason started with 28 former BYU cougars under contract and fighting for roster spots.  After three weeks that number has been cut in half with 14 making the 53-man rosters on their respective teams and the remaining players hoping to make practice squads or get picked up off waivers by other teams.

The following are preseason summaries for each of the former Cougs:  

Made the 53-man Roster (14)

  • Francis Bernard (LB, Cowboys). Made the Cowboy’s 53-man roster.  Bernard suffered a hamstring injury on the first practice of training camp and didn’t participate in any preseason practices or games.  He could go on IR-Return to rehab his injury until he is eligible to come back, but he’s on the team for now.  
  • Brady Christensen (OL, Panthers).  Made the Panthers 53-man roster.  Preseason totals: three games, no stats.
  • Michael Davis (CB, Chargers). Made the Chargers 53-man roster.  Preseason totals: two games, two tackles.
  • Taysom Hill (QB, Saints). Made the Saints 53-man roster. Preseason totals: two games 19-of-32 passing for 219 yards and one touchdown.
  • Harvey Langi (LB, Patriots). Made the Patriots 53-man roster.  Preseason totals: three games, 22 tackles (four solo), one tackle for loss, one sack, one interception.
  • Dax Milne (WR, Washington). Made the Washington 53-man roster.  Preseason totals: three games, five receptions for 52 yards, one punt return for 19 yards.
  • Daniel Sorensen (S, Chiefs). Made the Chief’s 53-man roster.  Preseason totals: three games, two solo tackles.
  • Sione Takitaki (LB, Browns). Made the Brown’s 53-man roster. Preseason totals: one game, three tackles. Suffered a hamstring injury after the first game.
  • Khyiris Tonga (DT, Bears). Made the Bear’s 53-man roster.  Preseason totals: two games, two tackles, two quarterback hits.
  • Kyle Van Noy (LB, Patriots). Made the Patriots 53-man roster.  Preseason totals: three games, six tackles.
  • Fred Warner (OLB, 49ers). Made the 49ers 53-man roster.  Preseason totals: one game, no stats (was held out of two of the 49ers preseason games).
  • Jamaal Williams (RB, Lions). Made the Lion’s 53-man roster.  Preseason totals: one game, rushed nine times for 15 yards.
  • Ty’Son Williams (RB, Ravens). Made the Ravens 53-man roster.  Preseason totals: three games, 24 carries for 131 yards and one touchdown, eight receptions for 36 yards.
  • Zach Wilson (QB, Jets). Made the Jet’s 53-man roster.  Preseason totals: two games, 15-for-20 passing for 191 yards, two touchdowns. 

Free Agents (18)

  • Zayne Anderson (CB, Chiefs).  Preseason totals: three games, 10 tackles (seven solo).  Waived by the Chiefs August 30th.
  • Ziggy Ansah (DE, 49ers).  Hasn’t re-signed with the 49ers since the summer and isn’t currently attached to a team.
  • Matt Bushman (TE, Raiders). Preseason totals: three games, three receptions for 24 yards.  Waived by the Raiders August 31st.
  • Zac Dawe (DL, Falcons). Preseason totals: three games, four tackles. Waived by the Falcons August 30th.
  • John Denney (LS, Saints). Was at a tryout earlier during preseason week 1 but didn’t appear in any of the Saints preseason games.
  • Kavika Fonua (DB, Panthers).  Had mini-camp invite but was cut from the team over the summer.
  • Chandon Herring (OT, Titans). Preseason totals: three games, no stats.  Waived by the Titans August 30th.
  • Aleva Hifo (WR, Cardinals). Was signed to the Cardinals on August 6th did not play in any preseason games.  Was cut on August 18th.
  • Tristen Hoge (OT, Jets). 24 snaps.  Preseason totals: two games, no stats. Waived by the Jets August 19th.
  • Bronson Kaufusi (TE, Packers). Preseason totals: three games, no stats.  Waived by the Packers on August 31st.
  • Corbin Kaufusi (OT, 49ers). Preseason totals: three games, no stats.  Was waived by the 49ers on August 24th, re-signed on August 27th, and then waived again on August 31st.
  • Isaiah Kaufusi (LB, Colts). Preseason totals: three games, 16 tackles (seven solo), one pass breakup, one tackle for loss. Waived by the Colts August 30th.
  • Dayan Lake (S, Rams). Reached injury settlement after being placed on injured reserve August 6th.
  • Dallin Leavitt (S, Raiders). Preseason totals: three games, six tackles (two solo).  Waived by the Raiders on August 31st.
  • Kai Nacua (S, 49ers). Preseason totals: two games: eight tackles (five solo), one pass defended, one tackle for loss, one sack.  Released by the 49ers on August 27th.
  • Micah Simon (WR, Panthers).  Preseason totals: one game, 0 catches on two targets. Waived by the Panthers August 19th.
  • Troy Warner (S, Rams). Preseason totals: three games, four tackles (one solo). Waived by the Rams August 30th.
  • Chris Wilcox (DB, Buccaneers). Preseason totals: three games, six tackles (one solo). Waived by the Buccaneers on August 31st.

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