BYU Cougars in The Pros Tracker: Preseason Week 1

As of Friday there were 23 former BYU athletes listed on active NFL rosters. Here are how each of them performed in the first week of the 2022 NFL preseason. As well as an update on Zach Wilson and which Cougars made it past the first NFL roster cuts of the season.

Standout Performances 

Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta Falcons 

Tyler Allgeier had a stellar performance in his NFL debut for the Atlanta Falcons. Although he only had 3 carries, he made the most of each of those opportunities, as he averaged 8.3 yards per carry and finished with a total of 25 yards.

The most important play that Allgeier made on Friday didn’t show up on the box score though.  Allgeier was a key contributor on the Falcons final touchdown of the game when he picked up a blitzing Lions defender to free fellow rookie QB Desmond Ridder and allow him a few more seconds to complete the go ahead touchdown late in the 4th quarter.

Dax Milne, Washington Commanders 

Dax Milne totaled two receptions for 30 yards and showed off his shiftiness and ability to get yards after the catch in his two receptions for the Washington Commanders Saturday.

Ty’Son Williams, Indianapolis Colts 

The last standout performance for week one of the NFL preseason goes to the only former Cougar that found the endzone this weekend. Current Colts RB Ty’Son Williams had 5 carries for 10 yards and one reception out of the backfield that led to a 15 yard TD in the Colts 27-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

An Update on Zach Wilson 

Zach Wilson reportedly sustained a meniscus tear and bone bruise in the first quarter of Friday’s game vs the Eagles. Initial reports suspected Wilson to be out 2-4 weeks but couldn’t be confirmed until Wilson underwent surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles. ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini offered a post-surgery update on Wilson Tuesday afternoon:

Cougars That Missed the Cut 

The first cut deadline of the 2022 NFL season was Tuesday. Each NFL team had to cut their rosters down from 90 to 85 by 4pm ET. Keep in mind that most of the players who are cut end up being re-signed to practice squads before the season starts. Here are the Cougars that didn’t make it past the first cut.

The San Francisco 49ers cut Tomasi Laulile on Monday. Laulile signed with the 49ers after a solid stint in the USFL with the Houston Gamblers.

Full Stats From all 23 Cougars in the NFL 

  • Atlanta Falcons defeat the Detroit Lions 27-23

Tyler Allgeier 3 Att. for 25 yards Avg. 8.3 yards per attempt. Long of 15.

Jamaal Williams had 2 Att. for 12 yards 

  • Buffalo Bills defeat Indianapolis Colts 27-24

Nei Pau’u had 2 rec for 10 yards.

Ty’Son Williams had 5 carries for 10 yards and 1 rec for 15 yards and TD. 

Samson Nacua had 1 rec for 4 yards.

Chris Wilcox had 6 solo tackles.

  • Carolina Panthers defeat Washington Commanders 23-21

Dax Milne had 2 rec for 30 yards (Long 23).

Brady Christensen saw time at tackle for the Panthers. 

  • New York Jets defeated the Eagles 24-21

Kai Nacua had 1 solo tackle.

Zach Wilson 3-5, 23 Yds. 1 INT.

  • Chicago Bears defeat Kansas City Chiefs 19-14

Zayne Anderson did not record any stats but saw time. 

Matt Bushman was not targeted in the loss to Chicago.

Khyris Tonga finished with one tackle against the Chiefs.

  • Miami Dolphins defeat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14

Troy Warner had 4 solo tackles

  • Houston Texans defeat New Orleans Saints 17-13

Daniel Sorenson 3 solo tackles.

Taysom Hill DNP. 

  • Denver Broncos defeat Dallas Cowboys 17-7

James Empey got time at right tackle for the Cowboys in the 4th quarter. 

  • Los Angeles Rams defeat Los Angeles Chargers 29-22

Michael Davis had 2 solo tackles.

Kyle Van Noy DNP.

  • Cleveland Browns defeat Jacksonville Jaguars 24-13

Sione Takitaki DNP.

  • New York Giants Defeat the New England Patriots 23-21 

Harvey Langi 4 tot tackles 2 asst. 

  • San Francisco 49era defeat Green Bay 28-21 

Fred Warner DNP 

Tomasi Laulile 1 total tackle (Cut by 49ers on Monday) 

Make sure to check back every Tuesday during the NFL preseason to get an update on each of the 23 former Cougars in the NFL. You can also follow the author, Brice Larson (@LarsonSports), on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.

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