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NFL locals watch: 22 with Utah ties make 2016 debut in first night of preseason play

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NFL play arrived Thursday night, as six games kicked off preseason play.

For many with Utah ties, that meant the chance to impress their respective coaching staff before team cuts later this month.

All totaled, 22 with local ties took their first NFL snaps of the 2016 season on Thursday night. Six others, for a variety of reasons, did not play in the night's action.

Many more will have their chance to play Friday, with five more games on the docket.

Here's a look at how those with Utah ties performed in Thursday's play:

Broncos 22, Bears 0

Devontae Booker (Utah), RB, Denver: Booker, a fourth-round draft pick this season, made his NFL debut and had four carries for 11 yards. That included running around right end for six yards on his first professional carry, his longest run of the night. Booker also caught a pass for eight yards on first-and-10 that helped set up a 44-yard field goal on the next Broncos drive.

Booker played 22 offensive snaps, second among Denver running backs. He also had a six-yard run and a 4-yard reception wiped out by penalty.

David Moala (Utah State), NT, Denver: Moala came on as a substitute but did not record any statistics. He played seven defensive snaps.

Sam Brenner (Utah), C, Denver: Brenner is on injured reserve for the Broncos.

Paul Lasike (BYU), RB/FB, Chicago: Lasike came on as a substitute but did not record any statistics. He played five offensive snaps and nine on special teams.

Patrick Scales (Utah State and Weber High), LS, Chicago: Scales played four snaps on special teams for the Bears, all on punts, as he split the long-snapping duties with a teammate.

Ravens 22, Panthers 19

Kaelin Clay (Utah), WR/PR, Baltimore: Clay had a tough night, losing a fumble on his lone punt return attempt in the third quarter. He was credited with a tackle on the play. Clay, who played seven offensive snaps and one on special teams, was targeted for one pass with no catches.

Will Davis (Utah State), SS, Baltimore: Davis came on as a substitute and had one tackle and a pass deflection on a third-and-5 pass. He played 48 defensive snaps, fourth-highest on the Ravens, and four on special teams. He also had a tackle wiped out by a penalty.

Bronson Kaufusi (BYU), DE, Baltimore: Kaufusi is on injured reserve after breaking his ankle.

Dennis Pitta (BYU), TE, Baltimore: Pitta, still coming back from hip injuries, did not record any statistics and was not credited with any offensive snaps.

Steve Smith Sr. (Utah), WR, Baltimore: Smith, an expected starter, remains on the physically unable to perform list with a torn achilles.

Eric Weddle (Utah), SS, Baltimore: Weddle started at strong safety for the Ravens and had three tackles, including two solo. All three tackles came on Carolina’s first drive. He played 13 snaps on defense and one on special teams.

De’Ondre Wesley (BYU), OT, Baltimore: Wesley came on as a substitute and saw substantial work. He played 36 snaps on offense, tied for the most among the team’s offensive linemen, and also played two special teams snaps.

Chuck Jacobs (Utah State), WR, Baltimore: Jacobs came on as a substitute but did not record any statistics. He played 11 snaps on offense and three on special teams.

Brian Blechen (Utah), LB, Carolina: Blechen came on as a substitute and tied for the third-most tackles on the team with three, all solo. His first tackle prevented a touchdown, coming at the Carolina 1. Blechen played 26 defensive snaps, third among Panther linebackers, and seven special teams snaps.

Tyler Larsen (Utah State and Jordan High), C, Carolina: Larsen came on as a substitute and saw extensive action. He played 54 snaps — or 74 percent of the Panthers’ offensive plays — the most offensive snaps by a Carolina player.

Star Lotulelei (Utah and Bingham High), DT, Carolina: Lotulelei started for the Panthers at left defensive tackle and played a total of nine defensive snaps.

Jared Norris (Utah), LB, Carolina: Norris came on as a substitute but did not record any statistics. He played 13 snaps on defense and 12 on special teams.

Paul Soliai (Utah), DT, Carolina: Soliai came on as a substitute but did not record any statistics. The veteran played 10 snaps on defense.

Falcons 23, Redskins 17

Jordan Leslie (BYU), WR, Atlanta: Leslie made his first catch as a pro, a 13-yarder on second-and-20 in the third quarter that, combined with a penalty, gave the Falcons a first down. He was also targeted on another pass. He played 19 snaps on offense and three on special teams.

Derrick Shelby (Utah), DE, Atlanta: Shelby started at defensive end for the Falcons. He did not record any statistics for his new team. He played 19 defensive snaps and three on special teams.

Kendal Thompson (Utah), WR, Washington: Thompson came on as a substitute but did not record any statistics. He played five offensive snaps.

Stephen Paea (Timpview High), DT, Washington: Paea came on as a substitute but did not record any statistics. He played 21 defensive snaps and was flagged for roughing the passer in the third quarter.

D.J. Tialavea (Utah State and West Jordan High), TE, Atlanta: Tialavea came on as a substitute and made a four-yard catch in the second quarter, but it was wiped out by a penalty. He played 17 snaps on offense and 13 on special teams.

Devonte Johnson (Weber State), CB, Atlanta: Johnson came on as a substitute but did not record any statistics. He played 19 snaps on defense and one on special teams.

Eagles 17, Buccaneers 9

Hunter Sharp (Utah State), WR, Philadelphia: Sharp did not record any statistics and was not credited with any offensive snaps.

Eric Rowe (Utah), CB, Philadelphia: Rowe came on as a substitute but did not record any statistics. He played 30 snaps on defense and 10 on special teams.

Patriots 34, Saints 22

Sione Houma (Highland High), RB, New Orleans: Houma came on as a substitute for the Saints and recorded an eight-yard catch in the fourth quarter. His catch came on second-and-12 inside the Patriots red zone and set up a four-yard TD run the next play. Houma played seven snaps on offense.

Jets 17, Jaguars 13

Trevor Reilly (Utah), LB, New York: Reilly, who is dealing with a leg injury, was not active for the Jets’ victory.

Friday’s schedule

Miami at New York Giants, 5 p.m. MT

Locals involved, Miami: John Denney, LS, BYU; Koa Misi, LB, Utah; Zach Vigil, LB, Utah State and Clearfield High

Locals involved, N.Y. Giants: Uani ‘Unga, MLB, BYU (on injured reserve)

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. (NFL Network)

Locals involved, Detroit: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU; Miles Killebrew, SS, Southern Utah; Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State; Haloti Ngata, DT, Highland High; Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU

Minnesota at Cincinnati, 5:30 p.m.

Locals involved, Minnesota: Matt Asiata, RB, Utah and Hunter High

Locals involved, Cincinnati: Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State and Fremont High

Cleveland at Green Bay, 6 p.m.

Locals involved, Cleveland: Paul Kruger, OLB, Utah and Timpanogos High; Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah and Highland High

Locals involved, Green Bay: Robertson Daniel, CB, BYU; Marwin Evans, S, Utah State; Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State

Oakland at Arizona, 8 p.m. (NFL Network)

Locals involved, Oakland: James Cowser, DE, Southern Utah and Davis High; Keith McGill, CB, Utah; Donald Penn, T, Utah State; Sean Smith, CB, Utah

Locals involved, Arizona: Alani Fua, ILB, BYU; Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State

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