LOCALS IN THE NFL

Locals Looking For New Opportunities In The NFL

Aug 31, 2019, 9:29 PM
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LeSean McCoy #25 of the Buffalo Bills scores a touchdown in the third quarter during NFL game action as he takes the ball into the end zone after taking a hit from Jalen Davis #36 of the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field on December 30, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – There are more than 20 players with ties to the state of Utah looking for new opportunities in the NFL after getting cuts from rosters during the final week of August.

There are 26 football players that either played high school or college football in Utah that are waiting to clear waivers and seek out new opportunities in the NFL.

The NFL’s final cut date before the start of the 2019 regular season was August 31.

The cuts were required to take place before the 4 p.m. (EDT) deadline. The maximum number of individuals on a team roster is 53 players.

According to the NFL simultaneous “with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/NonFootball Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.”

The following players are now seeking new clubs in the league. Once a player is cut they are on NFL waivers for 24 hours and are eligible to be picked up by other squads in a designated order. Following that time period, they become free agents.

Former Cougars

DL Corbin Kaufusi – New Orleans Saints

The former BYU defensive lineman was an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft.

OL De’Ondre Wesley – Buffalo Bills

Wesley was waived following an injury settlement with the Bills. He’s also spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts.

DB – Kai Nacua – Indianapolis Colts

The former Cougar ballhawk was recently added to the Colts roster after being waived by the Carolina Panthers.

Former Utes

DL Hunter Dimick – Kansas City Chiefs

The former Utah lineman was recently added to the Chiefs roster. He’s also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

DB Jason Thompson – Philadelphia Eagles

Thompson was waived after being with the Eagles for less than a week. He’s spent time with six other NFL times.

LB Kylie Fitts – Chicago Bears

The former Utah linebacker was a sixth-round draft selection by the Bears in 2018.

LB Jared Norris – Carolina Panthers

Norris’ cut comes after being a member of the Panthers since 2016.

DB Corrion Ballard – Carolina Panthers

Ballard was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft.

DL Stevie Tu’ikolovatu – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tu’ikolovatu has been a member of the Bucs since 2017. He was a former seventh-round pick in the NFL Draft.

OL Salesi Uhatafe – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Uhatafe joined the Bucs after time with the Redskins following a stint with the Salt Lake Stallions. He’s also been a member of the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

DL Pasoni Tasini – Arizona Cardinals

Tasini has been a member of the Cardinals since 2017 when he was signed as an undrafted free agent.

LB Pita Taumoepenu – Arizona Cardinals

Taumoepenu was a former sixth-round pick in the NFL Draft. He was a member of the San Francisco 49ers from 2017-18.

DB Dominique Hatfield – Los Angeles Rams

Hatfield has been a member of the Rams since 2017 when he was signed as an undrafted free agent. He was waived with an injury designation.

OL Jackson Barton – Indianapolis Colts

Barton’s stint was a short one provided he doesn’t make the practice squad. He was a seventh-round selection by the Colts in April’s NFL Draft.

Former Aggies

DB Jalen Davis – Miami Dolphins

Davis’ cut comes after spending the 2018 season in Miami.

WR Hunter Sharp – Cinncinati Bengals

Sharp has bounced around the league since 2016. The Bengals were his fifth NFL squad. Sharp was waived with an injury settlement.

RB Devante Mays – Jacksonville Jaguars

The former 2017 seventh-round selection has spent time with the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns in addition to the Jags.

RB Kerwynn Williams – New Orleans Saints

Williams was a seventh-round selection by the Indianapolis Colts in 2013. The Saints were his seventh NFL team.

WR Jalen Greene – Los Angeles Rams

The former Aggies WR and USC graduate transfer signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2019.

Former Wildcats

OL – Sua Opeta – Philadelphia Eagles

The former Weber State star signed with the Eagles in 2019 as an undrafted free agent.

Former Thunderbirds

LB James Cowser – Oakland Raiders

The former FCS standout was waived after being with the Raiders since 2016.

OL Marquez Tucker – Chicago Bears

Tucker signed with the Bears in 2019 as an undrafted free agent.

DB Josh Thornton – Carolina Panthers

Thornton was an undrafted free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s spent time with the Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, and Houston Texans.

P – Brock Miller – Los Angeles Rams

Miller was signed by the Rams before the team’s first preseason game in 2019.

Former High School Stars

QB Luke Falk – New York Jets (Logan)

The former Logan and Washington State star quarterback was a sixth-round pick in 2018. He’s spent time with the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins in addition to the Jets.

DL Durrant Miles – Atlanta Falcons (Bingham)

The former Bingham standout played in five preseason games with the Falcons. He was an undrafted free agent in 2019 out of Boise State.

LB Porter Gustin – New Orleans Saints (Salem Hills)

The former Salem Hills and USC linebacker signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft.

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