Ziggy got back into the starting lineup this week while Jamaal Williams was just shy of 100 yards total offense in the NFL’s week 13.

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 returned to the starting lineup in Detroit’s 30-16 loss to the L.A. Rams. He recorded one quarterback hurry.  Ansah played 41 defensive snaps (59%) and two snaps on special teams (6%).  Season Totals: Two games as a starter, four as a substitute; eight solo tackles, three assisted tackles, two tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, four sacks

Michael Davis (CB, Los Angeles, No. 43). Davis started at cornerback in LA’s 33-30 victory over Pittsburgh.  He recorded one solo tackle, and one pass defended. Davis played 67 defensive snaps (99%) and seven more on special teams (23%). Season Totals: Five games as a starter, seven games as a substitute; 23 solo tackles, five assisted tackles, three passes defended, one forced fumble

John Denney (LS, Miami, No. 92).  Denney came in as a substitute in Miami’s 21-17 victory over Buffalo.  He had ten snaps at long snapper (40%) and recorded no stats.  Season Totals: 12 games as a substitute; one tackle, three assisted tackles

Taysom Hill (QB, New Orleans, No. 7).  Hill came in as a substitute at quarterback in New Orlean’s 13-10 loss to Dallas  He returned two kickoffs for 47 yards. Hill played 7 snaps on offense (13%) and 18 on special teams (90%).  Season Totals: Three games as starter, nine games as a substitute; 32 rushes for 174 yards, 1 rushing touchdown, three-of-five passing for 64 yards, two receptions for 1 yards, 14 kickoff returns for 348 yards, one punt return for zero yards, four solo tackles, one assisted tackle.

Bleacher Report had a great article about Hill this week.

Kyle Van Noy (LB, New England, No. 53). Van Noy started in New England’s 24-10 victory over Minnesota.  He recorded four solo tackles, one assisted tackle, and one quarterback hurry.  Van Noy played 61 snaps on defense (100%) and four more on special teams (16%).  Season Totals: 12 games as starter; 47 solo tackles, 29 assisted tackles, two passes defended, five quarterback hurries, four 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 40-33 victory over Oakland.  He recorded one solo tackle, one assisted tackle, one pass defended, and one fumble recovery. Sorensen played 37 snaps on defense (49%) and nine more on special teams (28%). Season Totals: Three games as a substitute; five solo tackles, four assisted tackles, one pass defended, one fumble recovery.

Fred Warner (LB, San Francisco, No. 48). Warner started in San Francisco’s 43-16 loss to Seattle.  He recorded two solo tackles, six assisted tackles, and one quarterback hurry. Warner played 57 snaps on defense (98%) and two more on special teams (7%).  He is currently no. 18 in the NFL in total tackles and no. 15 in solo tackles. Season Totals: 12 games as starter; 65 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, six 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 20-17 loss to Arizona.  He rushed seven times for 13 yards, caught four passes for 14 yards, and returned three kickoffs for 72 yards for 99 yards of total offense.  Williams played 38 snaps on offense (50%) and six on special teams (19%). Season Totals: Five games as starter, seven as substitute; 82 rushes for 293 yards and one touchdown, 14 receptions for 91 yards, four kickoff returns for 96 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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