BYU FB Pro Tracker: NFL Week 6 was a quiet one for BYU alumni

Five Cougars saw action in Week 6 of the NFL’s regular season.  It was a quiet week, but Michael Davis had his best outing of the season for LA with four tackles, while Jamaal Williams and Fred Warner met up against one another in Monday Night Football.

Below are the summaries, statistics, and snap counts for each of the BYU alumni that played this week, as well as an update on the status of other unsigned players.

Michael Davis (CB, Los Angeles, No. 43). Davis came in as a substitute in L.A.’s 38-14 victory over Cleveland.  He recorded had three solo tackles at cornerback and an assisted tackle on special teams.  Davis got the most playign time he’s had so far this season, with 22 snaps on defense (30%) and 20 snaps on special teams snaps (69%). Season Totals: Six games as a substitute; four solo tackles, two assisted tackles, one forced fumble.

John Denney (LS, Miami, No. 92).  Denny was the long snapper in Miami’s 31-28 victory over Chicago. He played nine snaps on special teams (32%) and recorded no stats. Season Totals: Six games as a starter; one tackle, three assisted tackles

Taysom Hill (QB, New Orleans, No. 7).  Hill had the week off (Saints bye week) after an outstanding game last week where he had his first rushing TD of the season. Season Totals: Five games as a substitute; 12 rushes for 90 yards, 1 rushing touchdown, one-of-two passing for 10 yards, one reception for -4 yards, seven kickoff returns for 170 yards, one assisted tackle

Kyle Van Noy (LB, New England, No. 53). Van Noy started at linebacker in New England’s 43-40 victory over Kansas City.  He recorded one solo tackle and two assisted tackles. Van Noy played 54 snaps on defense (100%) and eight more on special teams (22%). Season Totals: Six games as starter; 18 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, one pass defended, one quarterback hurry, one tackle for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery.

Fred Warner (LB, San Francisco, No. 48). Warner started again at linebacker in San Francisco’s 33-30 loss to Green Bay. He recorded three solo tackles and one assisted tackle.  Warner played all 71 snaps on defense (100%) and 12 snaps on special teams (36%).  He now ranks no. 7 in the NFL in solo tackles (38) and fell just outside the top ten (no. 11) in total tackles (50).  Season Totals: Six games as starter; 38 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, three tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, two passes defended, one forced fumble.

Jamaal Williams (RB, Green Bay, No. 30).  Williams came in as a substitute running back in Green Bay’s 33-30 victory over San Francisco. He rushed 6 times for 29 yards and had one 10 yard reception.  Williams played 27 offensive snaps (38%) and three more (9%) on special teams. Season Totals: Five games as starter, one as substitute; 59 rushes for 234 yards, eight receptions for 57 yards.

Injured Reserve

  • Ezekiel Ansah (DE, Detroit, No. 94). Ansah is still not active. He suffered a minor shoulder injury in Week one and has practiced on a limited basis.  Season Totals: One game as a starter, three solo tackles, one assisted tackle, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hit, one sack
  • Daniel Sorensen (S, Kansas City, No. 49).  Sorensen suffered a tibial plateau fracture as an MCL injury and lateral meniscus tear in the knee during the preseason.  He underwent surgery in late August and will be re-evaluated at the end of September. Season Totals: No games, no stats

Practice Squads

  • Bronson Kaufusi (DE, New York Jets, No. 92). Preseason Totals: Five games, nine solo tackles, three assisted tackles, three tackle for loss, one pass deflection, three quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery, and one sack.  Kaufusi was waived by Baltimore on September 1st, and was picked up by the New York Jets the following week and added to their practice squad.
  • Tomasi Laulile (DT, New Orleans). Cut by Indianapolis in preseason but picked up by the Saints on September 27. Preseason Totals: Three games, three solo tackles, two assisted tackles, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hurry, one sack. Laulile was waived September 1st by the Colts, and worked out by Houston on September 4th before being signed by New Orleans on September 27.
  • Dallin Leavitt (S, Oakland, No. 45). Preseason Totals: Four games, 16 solo tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble, one pass defended. Leavitt was waived by the Raiders on September 1st but added to their practice squad the next day.
  • Kai Nacua (S, Baltimore, No. 31). Preseason Totals: Four games, 12 solo tackles, five assisted tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble, one pass defended, one interception for a touchdown.  He was waived by the Ravens on August 31st but was resigned and added to the practice squad.
  • De’Ondre Wesley (OT, Buffalo, No. 74).  Preseason Totals: Three games, no stats.  Wesley was waived by the Bills on September 1st but re-signed the following day and added to the practice squad.

Cut Prior to the Regular Season.

  • Algie Brown (FB, Kansas City, No. 30). Preseason Totals: Two games, no stats.  Was waived by the Chiefs on September 1st and is currently an unsigned free agent.
  • Micah Hannemann (DB, L.A. Chargers, No. 35). Preseason Totals: Four games, six solo tackles, one assisted tackle. He was waived by the Chargers on September 1st and is an unsigned free agent.
  • Tejan Koroma (C, Kansas City). After a promising summer was injured and waived prior to preseason.
  • Harvey Langi (LB, New England, No. 48). Langi suffered an internal laceration after a hit in the first week of the preseason sat the remainder of the preseason due to concerns with his kidney.  He was waived by the Patriots on September 1st and is currently an unsigned free agent.  It has been reported that the Patriots plan to sign him to their practice squad if he clears waivers (and it was reported here that he was, but this is unconfirmed).
  • Jordan Leslie (WR, Denver, No. 19). Preseason Totals: Four games, nine receptions for 110 yards, one touchdown, two tackles.  Leslie was waived by the Broncos on September 1st and is currently an unsigned free agent.
  • Colby Pearson (WR, Atlanta, No. 84). Preseason Totals: Two games, no stats.  Pearson was waived by the Falcons on August 24th and is currently an unsigned free agent.
  • Jonah Trinnaman (WR, New York, No. 9). Preseason totals: One game, no stats. Trinnaman was waived by the Jets on August 30th and is currently an unsigned free agent.

For more information on each of these Pros, click on their names.  It will redirect you to their player profiles which include short summaries of their BYU and NFL careers.  During the season I will update these profiles with week-to-week game summaries and statistics. Note: Not all the profiles are up right now, but I’ll be adding most of them in the next week or two.

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