It was a quiet week for BYU football players in the NFL with a lot of teams having bye weeks.  In the games that did happen BYU had two starters (Michael Davis and Taysom Hill) and three coming in as substitutes (Ziggy Ansah, Daniel Sorensen, and Jamaal Williams)

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.

Ezekiel Ansah (DE, Detroit, No. 94). Ansah came in as a substitute in Detroit’s 20-19 victory over Carolina. He recorded one solo tackle, one assisted tackle, one nine yard sack, one tackle for loss, and two quarterback hurries.  Ansah played 25 defensive snaps (43%).  Season Totals: One game as a starter, three as a substitute; six solo tackles, two assisted tackles, two tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, three sacks

Michael Davis (CB, Los Angeles, No. 43). Davis started at cornerback in LA’s 23-22 loss to Denver.  He recorded two solo tackles, and one pass defended. he played 56 defensive snaps (100%) and eight more on special teams (31%). Season Totals: Three games as a starter, seven games as a substitute; 19 solo tackles, four assisted tackles, two passes defended, one forced fumble

John Denney (LS, Miami, No. 92).  The Dolphins had a bye week. Season Totals: Ten games as a substitute; one tackle, three assisted tackles

Taysom Hill (QB, New Orleans, No. 7).  After starting the last two games at the tight end position, Hill started this week as a wide receiver in New Orlean’s 48-7 route of Philadelphia.  He rushed three times for four yards, completed 1-of-2 passes for 10 yards, was targeted on a pass, had a punt return for zero yards, and had a solo tackle on special teams. Hill played 13 snaps on offense (19%) and 19 on special teams (68%).  Season Totals: Three games as starter, seven games as a substitute; 30 rushes for 161 yards, 1 rushing touchdown, three-of-five passing for 64 yards, two receptions for 1 yards, 11 kickoff returns for 269 yards, one punt return for zero yards, four solo tackles, one assisted tackle.

Kyle Van Noy (LB, New England, No. 53). New England had a bye week. Season Totals: Ten games as starter; 38 solo tackles, 28 assisted tackles, one pass defended, three quarterback hurries, three tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, one touchdown on a blocked punt.

Daniel Sorensen (S, Kansas City, No. 49).  Sorensen came in as a substitute in Kansas City’s 54-51 loss to LA on Monday night football.  He recorded two solo tackles.  Sorensen played 24 snaps on defense (30%) and 13 more on special teams (30%). Season Totals: Two games as a substitute; four solo tackles, three assisted tackles

Fred Warner (LB, San Francisco, No. 48). San Francisco had a bye week.  Season Totals: Ten games as starter; 58 solo tackles, 19 assisted tackles, three tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, five passes defended, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery.

Jamaal Williams (RB, Green Bay, No. 30). Williams came in as a substitute in Green Bay’s 27-24 loss to Seattle.  He had one rush for five yards.  Williams played four snaps on offense (8%) and six on special teams (19%). Season Totals: Five games as starter, five as substitute; 74 rushes for 275 yards and one touchdown, ten receptions for 77 yards.

Injured Reserve

  • None currently on IR

Practice Squads

  • Micah Hannemann (DB, L.A. Chargers, No. 35). It has been reported that Hannemann was signed to the Chargers practice squad on October 21. Preseason Totals: Four games, six solo tackles, one assisted tackle. He was waived by the Chargers on September 1st and then re-signed to the practice squad on October 21st.
  • 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.
  • Harvey Langi (LB, New York Jets, 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 was picked up by New York and added to their practice squad in October.
  • 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.
  • Tejan Koroma (C, Kansas City). After a promising summer was injured and waived prior to preseason.
  • 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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