Six Cougars saw action in Week 2 of the NFL’s regular season, with five of those starting for their teams.  Highlights include Taysom Hill with a 47-yard kickoff return, Kyle Van Noy with an interception, and Fred Warner having another double digital tackles outing.  Also, Kai Nacua–who spent the off-season with Baltimore but was cut during the preseason–was re-signed to the Ravens and added to their practice squad.

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 31-20 victory over Buffalo.  He played 21 special teams snaps (70%) and recorded no stats. Season Totals: Two games as a substitute; no stats

John Denney (LS, Miami, No. 92).  Denny was the long snapper in Miami’s 20-12 victory over New York. He played 9 snaps on special teams (36%). Season Totals: Two games as a starter, no stats

Taysom Hill (QB, New Orleans, No. 7).  Hill came in as a substitute in New Orlean’s 21-18 victory over Cleveland. He only made one play, but it was a good one.  He had a 47-yard kickoff return.  After that all other kickoffs were touchbacks.  Hill played 23 snaps on special teams (85%). Season Totals: Two games as a substitute; one kickoff return for 47 yards

Kyle Van Noy (LB, New England, No. 53). Van Noy started at linebacker in New England’s 31-20 loss to Jacksonville.  He recorded five solo tackles, one assisted tackle, one pass defended, and one interception. Van Noy played 64 snaps on defense (90%) and seven more on special teams (25%). Season Totals: Two games as starter; six solo tackles, three assisted tackles, one pass defended, one tackle for loss, one interception.

Fred Warner (LB, San Francisco, No. 48). Warner started again at linebacker in San Francisco’s 30-27 victory over Detroit. He again recorded double digit tackles, with eight solo tackles and two assisted tackles.  Warner played all 77 snaps on defense (100%) and 14 snaps on special teams (41%).  He is currently no. 2 in the NFL with 19 solo tackles and no. 3 in the league in total tackles (22). Season Totals: Two games as starter; 19 solo tackles, three assisted tackle, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hit, one pass defended, one forced fumble.

Jamaal Williams (RB, Green Bay, No. 30).  Williams was the starting running back in Green Bay’s 29-29 tie with Minnesota. He rushed 16 times for 59 yards and had three receptions for 12 yards.  Williams played 47 offensive snaps (61%). Season Totals: Two games as starter; 31 rushes for 106 yards, three receptions for 12 yards.

Injured Reserve

  • Ezekiel Ansah (DE, Detroit, No. 94). Ansah was not active in Detroit’s 30-27 loss to San Francisco. He suffered a minor shoulder injury in last week’s game and practiced on a limited basis on Friday.  He was hopeful to play on Saturday but didn’t make it in.  He should be playing again next week.  SeasonTotals: 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, Baltimore, 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.
  • 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 today 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).
  • Tomasi Laulile (DT, Indianapolis, No. 66).  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 but he is currently an unsigned free agent.
  • 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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