BYU Football: Pro Tracker, NFL Week 14; Philadelphia Eagles sign Craig Bills

The BYU Football pro tracker gives you week-by-week summaries and statistics for all BYU alumni currently playing professional football. 

Of note this week: The Philadelphia Eagles released cornerback Mike Lee to make room for BYU safety Craig Bills (UFA, 2015).  There is no obvious need for an additional safety on the roster so the signing was a surprise.  Bills is the 12th player from BYU’s class of 2015 to get a chance to make an NFL roster–there are currently two from the Class of 2015 on NFL rosters and another three on practice squads.  Elsewhere in the NFL Ziggy maintains his #2 spot for NFL season leaders in sacks by recording another one this week to take him to 13.5.   Fua, Sorensen, Ansah, and Unga all record tackles.  All NFL Week 13 and 2015 pro stats for former Cougs are outlined below.

Stat Lines (alphabetical)

  • Ziggy Ansah (DE, Detroit Lions, 3rd season). Ziggy had a solo tackle, an assisted tackle, and 1.0 sacks in Detroit’s loss to the Rams. He played 37 defensive snaps (67%) and six snaps on special teams (24%). He is currently tied with J.J. Watt for #2 in the NFL with 13.5 total sacks this season, just behind Khalil Mack (14.0). Season Stats (13 games): 37 tackles (31 solo, 6 assists), 13.5 sacks, 4 FF, 1 FR, 4 TFL.
  • John Denney (LS, Miami Dolphins, 11th season). Denney recorded no stats but had 11 snaps (34%) as the deep snapper in Miami’s loss to the Giants on Monday night.
  • Alani Fua (LB, Arizona Cardinals, UDFA rookie). Fua had one solo tackle in Arizona’s win over the Vikings.  He played five defensive snaps (7%) and 16 special teams snaps (64%).  Season Stats (13 games): 5 solo tackles, two assisted tackles, one fumble recovery.
  • Dennis Pitta (TE, Baltimore Ravens, 6th season). Pitta is currently on the injured list (hip).
  • Dallas Reynolds (G, New York Giants, 4th season). Reynolds played 12 offensive snaps at the center position (18%) and 11 snaps (34%) for special teams in New York’s win over Miami.
  • Daniel Sorensen (DB, Kansas City Chiefs, 2nd season). Sorensen continued to play well, recording three solo tackles in Kansas City’s win over the Chargers.  He played 43 defensive snaps (64%, a career high) and 16 special teams snaps (84%). Season stats (13 games): 13 solo tackles, two assisted tackles, 1 pass deflection, 1 sack.
  • Uani (Devin) Unga (LB, New York Giants, 2nd season). Uani had two solo tackles and one assisted tackle in New York’s win over Miami. He played 22 defensive snaps (33%) and 9 special teams snaps (28%). Season stats (9 games): 54 tackles (39 Solo, 15 Assisted), 2 TFL (STF), 4 PD, 2 FF, 2 INT.
  • Kyle Van Noy (LB, Detroit Lions, 2nd season).  Van Noy recorded no stats in Detroit’s loss to the Packers.  He played 11 defensive snaps (20%) and 16 special teams snaps (64%). Season stats (12 games): 6 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, one sack, one TFL
  • De’Ondre Wesley (OT, Baltimore Ravens, rookie season). Wesley played two special teams snaps (8%) in the Raven’s loss to Seattle.

Players on NFL practice squads

  • Craig Bills (S, Philadelphia Eagles, rookie season). Signed to the practice squad on December 14th.
  • Hebron Fangupo (DL, 3rd season). Started the season on the Kansas City Chief’s practice squad but was cut on November 18th.
  • Rob Daniel (CB, Green Bay Packers, rookie season).
  • Paul Lasike (RB, Chicago Bears, rookie season).

Players in the Canadian Football League (CFL) – Season has now concluded

  • John Beck (QB, BC Lions, 2nd season). The Lions season has concluded and Beck has announced he will retire from playing football. Season stats: 50-79 (.633) passing for 498 yards, four TDs, and four INTs.  3 carries for 32 yards.  QB rating of 76.9.
  • Austin Collie (WR, BC Lions, 1st season).  Season stats: 43 receptions for 439 yards (10.2 ave.) and seven TDs; 1-1 passing for 21 yards and one touchdown; one tackle.
  • Cody Hoffman (WR, Montreal Alouettes, 1st season). The Alouettes season has concluded.  Season stats: six receptions for 104 yards (17.3 ave.) and one TD.
  • Quinn Lawlor (OL, Montreal Alouettes, 1st season).

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