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Former Utah Utes Impress With Big Performances In Week 2 Of NFL Season

Sep 19, 2021, 9:29 PM
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Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (20) runs for a touch down during the NFL Football match between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills on September 19th, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL. (Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Multiple former Utah Utes had excellent performances during Week 2 of the NFL season.

Here is how all of the players with ties to the state of Utah fared during the second week of the season.

Former Utah Utes

Urban Meyer – Head Coach – Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)

The former Utah head coach and the Jaguars suffered a 23-13 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Next Game: vs. Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Kylie Fitts – Defensive Tackle – Arizona Cardinals (2-0)

The former Utah defensive lineman and the Cardinals defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 34-33.

Next Game: @ Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Leki Fotu – Defensive Tackle – Arizona Cardinals (2-0)

The former Utah defensive lineman and the Cardinals defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 34-33.

Next Game: @ Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Tyler Huntley – Quarterback – Baltimore Ravens (1-1)

The former Utah quarterback and the Ravens defeated the Chiefs, 36-35.

Next Game: @ Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Star Lotulelei – Defensive Tackle – Buffalo Bills (1-1)

The former Utah defensive lineman had one tackle in Buffalo’s 35-0 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Next Game: vs. Washington Football Team on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Zack Moss – Running Back – Buffalo Bills (1-1)

The former Utah running back had eight carries for 26 yards and two touchdowns in Buffalo’s 35-0 win over the Miami Dolphins. Moss also had two catches for eight yards.

Next Game: vs. Washington Football Team on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Jaylon Johnson – Cornerback – Chicago Bears (1-1)

The former Utes defensive back had two total tackles, two solo tackles, four pass breakups, and an interception in Chicago’s 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Next Game: @ Cleveland Browns on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Bradlee Anae – Defensive End – Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

The former Utah defensive end had one tackle in Dallas’ 20-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, September 27 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN

Francis Bernard – Linebacker – Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

The former Utah linebacker is currently on the Cowboys’ Reserve/Injured list and did not play in Dallas’ 20-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, September 27 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN

Garett Bolles – Offensive Tackle – Denver Broncos (2-0)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Broncos defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-13.

Next Game: vs. New York Jets on Sunday, September 26 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Tim Patrick – Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos (2-0)

The former Utah receiver had three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown in Denver’s 23-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Next Game: vs. New York Jets on Sunday, September 26 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

John Penisini – Defensive Tackle – Detroit Lions (0-1)

The former Utah defensive lineman and the Lions play the Green Bay Packers on Monday, September 20 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN.

Next Game: vs. Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Julian Blackmon – Safety – Indianapolis Colts (0-2)

The former Utah safety had four total tackles, two solo tackles, and one pass breakup in Indianapolis’ 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Next Game: @ Tennessee Titans on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Sam Tevi – Offensive Tackle – Indianapolis Colts (0-2)

The former Utah offensive lineman suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason and will miss the entire year for the Colts. The Colts suffered a 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Next Game: @ Tennessee Titans on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Terrell Burgess – Safety – Los Angeles Rams (2-0)

The former Utah defensive back and the Rams beat the Indianapolis Colts, 27-24.

Next Game: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, September 26 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Matt Gay – Kicker – Los Angeles Rams (2-0)

The former Utah kicker was 2/2 on field goal attempts and 3/3 on extra-point kicks in the Rams’ 27-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Next Game: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, September 26 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Eric Rowe – Safety – Miami Dolphins (1-1)

The former Utah defensive back had two total tackles and one solo tackle in Miami’s 35-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Next Game: @ Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, September 26 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Chase Hansen – Safety – New Orleans Saints (1-1)

The former Utah defensive back is currently on the Saints’ Reserve/Injured list and did not play in New Orleans’ 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Next Game: @ New England Patriots on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Marcus Williams – Safety – New Orleans Saints (1-1)

The former Utah defensive back had eight total tackles, four solo tackles, and a pass breakup in the Saints’ 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Next Game: @ New England Patriots on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Devontae Booker – Running Back – New York Giants (0-2)

The former Utes running back had two carries for nine yards and one catch for two yards in New York’s 30-29 loss to the Washington Football Team.

Next Game: vs. Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Javelin Guidry – Safety – New York Jets (0-2)

The former Utah defensive back had four total tackles and three solo tackles in New York’s 25-6 loss to the New England Patriots.

Next Game: @ Denver Broncos on Sunday, September 26 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Mitch Wishnowsky – Punter – San Francisco 49ers (2-0)

The former Utah punter punted the ball five times with an average of 45.2 yards per kick in San Francisco’s 17-11 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Next Game: vs. Green Bay Packers on Sunday, September 26 at 6:20 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Cody Barton – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks (1-1)

The former Utah linebacker had three total tackles and one solo tackle in Seattle’s 33-30 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Next Game: @ Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, September 26 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Marquise Blair – Safety – Seattle Seahawks (1-1)

The former Utah defensive back and the Seahawks suffered a 33-30 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Next Game: @ Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, September 26 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Jared Norris – Linebacker – Washington Football Team (1-1)

The former Utah linebacker played 20 snaps on special teams during Washington’s 30-29 win over the New York Giants.

Next Game: @ Buffalo Bills on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • Darrin Paulo – Detroit Lions
  • Jackson Barton – New York Giants

Former BYU Cougars

Andy Reid – Head Coach – Kansas City Chiefs (1-1)

The former BYU player and graduate assistant and the Chiefs suffered a 36-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Next Game: vs. Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Ty’Son Williams – Running Back – Baltimore Ravens (1-1)

The former BYU running back had 13 carries for 77 yards and two catches for 16 yards in Baltimore’s 36-35 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Next Game: @ Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Brady Christensen – Offensive Tackle – Carolina Panthers (2-0)

The former BYU offensive lineman and the Panthers defeated the New Orleans Saints, 26-7.

Next Game: @ Houston Texans on Thursday, September 23 at 6:20 p.m. (MDT) on the NFL Network

Khyiris Tonga – Defensive Tackle – Chicago Bears (1-1)

The former BYU defensive lineman and the Bears beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-17.

Next Game: @ Cleveland Browns on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Sione Takitaki – Linebacker – Cleveland Browns (1-1)

The former BYU linebacker had two total tackles, one solo tackle, one tackle for loss, and a fumble recovery in Cleveland’s 31-21 win over the Houston Texans.

Next Game: vs. Chicago Bears on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Jamaal Williams – Running Back – Detroit Lions (0-1)

The former BYU running back and the Lions play the Green Bay Packers on Monday, September 20 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN.

Next Game: vs. Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Daniel Sorensen – Safety – Kansas City Chiefs (1-1)

The former BYU defensive back had 10 total tackles, seven solo tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, and a quarterback hit in the Chiefs’ 36-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Next Game: vs. Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Zayne Anderson – Safety – Kansas City Chiefs (1-1)

The former BYU defensive back and the Chiefs suffered a 36-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Next Game: vs. Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Michael Davis – Cornerback – Los Angeles Chargers (1-1)

The former BYU defensive back has six total tackles and four solo tackles in the Chargers’ 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Next Game: @ Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Kyle Van Noy – Linebacker – New England Patriots (1-1)

The former BYU linebacker was inactive for New England’s 25-6 win over the New York Jets.

Next Game: vs. New Orleans Saints on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Harvey Langi – Linebacker – New England Patriots (1-1)

The former BYU linebacker and the Patriots beat the New York Jets, 25-6.

Next Game: vs. New Orleans Saints on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Taysom Hill – Quarterback – New Orleans Saints (1-1)

The former BYU quarterback had two carries for 16 yards in the Saints’ 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Next Game: @ New England Patriots on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Zach Wilson – Quarterback – New York Jets (0-2)

The former BYU quarterback was 19/33 passing for 210 yards and four interceptions in New York’s 25-6 loss to the New England Patriots. Wilson also ran the ball three times for 19 yards.

Next Game: @ Denver Broncos on Sunday, September 26 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Fred Warner – Linebacker – San Francisco 49ers (2-0)

The former BYU linebacker had seven total tackles, five solo tackles, and a tackle for loss in San Francisco’s 17-11 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Next Game: vs. Green Bay Packers on Sunday, September 26 at 6:20 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Dax Milne – Wide Receiver – Washington Football Team (1-1)

The former BYU wide receiver played four snaps on offense in Washington’s 30-29 win over the New York Giants.

Next Game: @ Buffalo Bills on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • Bronson Kaufusi – Green Bay Packers
  • Chris Wilcox – Indianapolis Colts
  • Matt Bushman – Las Vegas Raiders
  • Troy Warner – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Former Utah State Aggies

Patrick Scales – Long Snapper – Chicago Bears (1-1)

The former Aggie long snapper and the Bears beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-17.

Next Game: @ Cleveland Browns on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Jalen Davis – Cornerback – Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)

The former Utah State defensive back and the Bengals suffered a 20-17 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Next Game: @ Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Jordan Love – Quarterback – Green Bay Packers (0-1)

The former Utah State quarterback and the Packers hosted the Detroit Lions on Monday, September 20 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN.

Next Game: @ San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, September 26 at 6:20 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Dallin Leavitt – Cornerback – Las Vegas Raiders (2-0)

The former Utah State defensive back had two total tackles and one solo tackle in Las Vegas’ 26-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Game: vs. Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 26 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Nevin Lawson – Cornerback – Las Vegas Raiders (2-0)

The former Utah State defensive back is currently on the Reserve/Suspended list by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and did not play in Las Vegas’ 26-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Game: vs. Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 26 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Kyler Fackrell – Linebacker – Los Angeles Chargers (1-1)

The former USU linebacker had one total tackle, one solo tackle, one sack, and a quarterback hit in the Chargers’ 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Next Game: @ Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Nick Vigil – Linebacker – Minnesota Vikings (0-2)

The former Utah State linebacker had had eight total tackles, four solo tackles, one pass breakup, an interception, and a touchdown in Minnesota’s 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Next Game: vs. Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, September 26 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Bobby Wagner – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks (1-1)

The former Utah State linebacker had 20 total tackles, 16 solo tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, and two quarterback hits in Seattle’s 33-30 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Next Game: @ Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, September 26 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Tyler Larsen – Center – Washington Football Team (1-1)

The former USU offensive lineman and Washington defeated the New York Giants, 30-29.

Next Game: @ Buffalo Bills on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • JoJo Natson – Cleveland Browns

Former Weber State Wildcats

Taron Johnson – Cornerback – Buffalo Bills (1-1)

The former Weber State defensive back had four total tackles, three solo tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, two pass breakups, and a quarterback hit in Buffalo’s 35-0 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Next Game: vs. Washington Football Team on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Jonah Williams – Defensive End – Los Angeles Rams (2-0)

The former Weber State defensive end and the Rams beat the Indianapolis Colts, 27-24.

Next Game: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, September 26 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • Sua Opeta – Philadelphia Eagles

Former Southern Utah Thunderbirds

Miles Killebrew – Safety – Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)

The former Thunderbirds safety and the Steelers suffered a 26-17 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Next Game: vs. Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Former High School Players

Xavier Su’a-Filo (Timpview/UCLA) – Offensive Guard – Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)

The former Timpview star and the Bengals suffered a 20-17 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Next Game: @ Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Dalton Schultz (Bingham/Stanford) – Tight End – Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

The former Bingham star had two catches for 18 yards in Dallas’ 20-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, September 27 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN

Simi Fehoko (Brighton/Stanford) – Wide Receiver – Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

The former Brighton star and the Cowboys beat the Los Angeles Chargers, 20-17.

Next Game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, September 27 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN

Penei Sewell (Desert Hills/Oregon) – Offensive Tackle – Detroit Lions (0-1)

The former Desert Hills star and the Lions play the Green Bay Packers on Monday, September 20 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN.

Next Game: vs. Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Jay Tufele (Bingham/USC) – Defensive Tackle – Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)

The former Bingham star was inactive for the Jaguars’ 23-13 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Next Game: vs. Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Marcus Kemp (Layton/Hawaii) – Wide Receiver – Kansas City Chiefs (1-1)

The former Layton star and the Chiefs suffered a 36-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Next Game: vs. Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Alohi Gilman (Orem/Notre Dame) – Safety – Los Angeles Chargers (1-1)

The former Orem star had six total tackles and three solo tackles in the Chargers’ 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Next Game: @ Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Andre James (Herriman/UCLA) – Offensive Tackle – Las Vegas Raiders (2-0)

The former Herriman star and the Raiders beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 26-17.

Next Game: vs. Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 26 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Kaden Elliss (Judge Memorial/Idaho) – Linebacker – New Orleans Saints (1-1)

The former Judge Memorial star had one tackle in the Saints’ 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Next Game: @ New England Patriots on Sunday, September 26 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Bryan Mone (Highland/Michigan) – Defensive Tackle – Seattle Seahawks (1-1)

The former Highland star was inactive for Seattle’s 33-30 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Next Game: @ Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, September 26 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

John Ursua (Westlake/Cedar City/Hawaii) – Wide Receiver – Seattle Seahawks (1-1)

The former Westlake and Cedar City star suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason and will miss the entire year for the Seahawks. Seattle suffered a 33-30 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Next Game: @ Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, September 26 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • Porter Gustin (Salem Hills) – Cleveland Browns

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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