Utah and BYU Rookies Look to Make NFL Dreams a Reality

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As if college football wasn’t enough entertainment to get us through the depressingly cold winter months, the NFL gives me even more to look forward to at the end of each week.

The biggest reason why I like to watch the NFL is because we get to see how some of our former Utes and Cougars perform at the next level.

Guys like Alex Smith, Eric Weddle, Star Lotulelei, Ziggy Ansah, and Kyle Van Noy, make the NFL even more exciting to watch for me. All of these former college studs are now competing at the highest level of football on the planet, and boy is it fun to see them compete with the best. And fantasy football, that’s cool too.

NFL preseason is finally wrapping up, so I thought it would be cool to see where some of these guys ended up as they look to begin their NFL careers.

Jamaal Williams – Williams has reportedly turned heads since being drafted by the Packers this year. He currently is listed as 2nd on the depth chart heading into the regular season, and I’m hearing he is fighting for 1st squad reps with starting RB Ty Montgomery. Expect him to have a solid role as the backup RB his rookie season.

Taysom Hill – Hill was recently waived by the Green Bay Packers and claimed by the New Orleans Saints off of waivers. Hill will be joining a QB list that only contains Drew Brees and Chase Daniels. Hill had a nice preseason with the Pack playing in 3 games where he threw for 149 yards and 2 TD’s with 0 picks, and also ran for 71 yards and 1 TD. It was rumored that the Pack was going to waive Hill then sign him to the practice squad, but it looks like the Saints beat them to the punch.

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Joe Williams – Williams played well in the preseason and showed his crazy speed at times. From what I’ve read, the Niners are impressed with him, but he’s still a rookie and needs to improve in some areas. He was recently placed on the IR because of an ankle injury.

Harvey Langi – Recently signed to the Patriots practice squad. Langi has a good chance of being called back up to the Patriots 53-man roster if an injury takes place.

Pita Taumoepenu – The Niners must be seeing something they like in Pita, because they recently released their veteran LB Ahmad Brooks, and signed Pita to the 53-man roster. Look for him to have some decent playing time this year as a backup OLB for the Niners.

Jared Norris – Recently signed to Carolina’s 53-man roster. Looks like he has impressed on special teams, and it’s been enough to earn a roster spot.

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Marcus Williams – According to reports, Williams has been showing off his ball-hawking skills and will be a much-needed upgrade for the Saints secondary which finished dead last in passing defense last year. Expect him to have a significant role his rookie year as he is currently listed as the backup free safety on the depth chart.

Tim Patrick – After signing with the Niners at the beginning of training camp, Patrick was recently waived on Friday. I would expect him to land on a practice squad somewhere else.

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Kai Nacua – Nacua originally made the Browns’ 53-man roster, but was waived shortly after. Reports say he will most likely end up on the practice squad for the Browns.

Isaac Asiata – Not surprisingly, Asiata made the 53-man roster for the Dolphins. Because of injuries to the O-line, Asiata was seen as someone who could possibly start at the left guard position, even though he’s a rookie.

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Garett Bolles – Bolles was recently named as the starting left tackle for the Broncos after having a solid training camp and preseason.

Algernon Brown –  Waived by the Seattle Seahawks.


– Jesse Thayne

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