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NFL locals cuts tracker: Undrafted rookies Andre James, Bryan Mone in, draft pick Jackson Barton out as 26 Utah ties waived during final cutdown

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Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Andre James (68) during an an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. The Raiders won 33-26.

Rick Scuteri, AP

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah NFL ties felt the impact of Saturday’s final cutdown deadline — 26 locals were waived as teams trimmed down to an initial 53-man active roster for the start of the regular season.

Amid the negative news, though, were a pair of local positive stories. Offensive tackle Andre James, a Herriman High product, and defensive tackle Bryan Mone, a Highland High alum, were two rookies who went undrafted but made regular-season rosters, James with Oakland and Mone with Seattle.


Seattle Seahawks’ Bryan Mone stands on the field at an NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Renton, Wash.

Elaine Thompson, AP

James was a three-year starter at UCLA who left for the NFL following his redshirt junior season, then signed as an undrafted free agent with the Raiders. Mone started 18 games for Michigan and had 44 career tackles from his nose tackle position before signing with the Seahawks.

James celebrated making the 53-man roster by tweeting: “Blessed for opportunity’s they said I’d never see.. #Undrafted #4Pops #RaiderNation.”

“Defensive tackle Bryan Mone is the only undrafted rookie to make Seahawks’ initial 53-man roster. Team is clearly high on him as a run stuffer,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seahawks reporter Ben Arthur wrote on Twitter.

One Utah tie who was drafted this year — Utah and Brighton High offensive tackle Jackson Barton — wasn’t so lucky, as the seventh-round pick was waived by Indianapolis.


Buffalo Bills’ Darryl Johnson (92) is blocked by Indianapolis Colts’ Jackson Barton (71) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills won 24-16.

David Dermer, AP

He was one of nine locals taken in this year’s draft, including five Utes. All three drafted by Seattle — Utah safety Marquise Blair, Utah and Brighton High linebacker Cody Barton, Jackson’s brother, and Cedar and Westlake High’s John Ursua, a wideout — made the Seahawks roster along with Mone.

Of the 26 Utah ties who were waived, two had an injury designation — cornerback Dominique Hatfield (Utah) with the Rams and safety Kai Nacua (BYU) with the Colts — meaning that if they clear waivers, Hatfield and Nacua will revert to injured reserve with their respective teams.

Two other locals were placed on injured reserve — former Utah State and Timpview High tight end Dax Raymond with Chicago and former Highland High cornerback Fish Smithson with Baltimore.

Also, former Utah State cornerback Nevin Lawson was placed on the reserve/suspended list by Oakland for four games, stemming from violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances this offseason.

Following cutdowns, 45 locals made NFL active rosters, though teams will continue to retool their rosters beginning Sunday as they make waiver requests or sign now-available players to fill areas of concern. Also, teams can sign as many as 10 players to their practice squads beginning Sunday at noon ET.

Of those 45 on active rosters, the University of Utah led the way with 14 players, BYU had 11, Utah State 10, Southern Utah two and Weber State one, while seven others played high school in Utah and college ball out of state.

Here’s a look at the locals who were waived or a part of a transaction this weekend:

NFL locals involved in transactions during final cutdowns
Name Pos. Waived/released by College High school Junior college Notes
Pasoni Tasini DT Arizona Cardinals Utah N/A Snow
Pita Taumoepenu LB Arizona Cardinals Utah Timpview
Durrant Miles DE Atlanta Falcons Boise State Bingham
Fish Smithson CB Baltimore Ravens Kansas Highland Placed on injured reserve
Corrion Ballard S Carolina Panthers Utah N/A
Jared Norris LB Carolina Panthers Utah N/A
Josh Thornton CB Carolina Panthers SUU N/A
Kylie Fitts OLB Chicago Bears Utah N/A
Dax Raymond TE Chicago Bears Utah State Timpview Placed on injured reserve
Marquez Tucker OG Chicago Bears SUU N/A
Hunter Sharp WR Cincinnati Bengals Utah State N/A
Jackson Barton OT Indianapolis Colts Utah Brighton
Kai Nacua S Indianapolis Colts BYU N/A With injury designation
Devante Mays RB Jacksonville Jaguars Utah State N/A
Hunter Dimick DL Kansas City Chiefs Utah Syracuse
Jalen Greene WR Los Angeles Rams Utah State N/A
Dominique Hatfield CB Los Angeles Rams Utah N/A With injury designation
Brock Miller P Los Angeles Rams SUU N/A
Jalen Davis CB Miami Dolphins Utah State N/A
Porter Gustin DE/LB New Orleans Saints USC Salem Hills
Corbin Kaufusi DE New Orleans Saints BYU Timpview
Kerwynn Williams RB New Orleans Saints Utah State N/A
Luke Falk QB New York Jets Washington State Logan
James Cowser DE/LB Oakland Raiders SUU Davis
Nevin Lawson CB Oakland Raiders Utah State N/A Placed on reserve/suspended list
Sua Opeta OG Philadelphia Eagles Weber State Stansbury
Jason Thompson S Philadelphia Eagles Utah N/A
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu DL Tampa Bay Buccaneers Utah/USC East
Salesi Uhatafe OG Tampa Bay Buccaneers Utah N/A

Here’s a look at the 45 Utah ties who made initial 53-man rosters:

NFL locals currently on active rosters
Name Pos. NFL College High School Junior College
Ezekiel Ansah DE Seattle Seahawks BYU N/A
Michael Davis CB Los Angeles Chargers BYU N/A
John Denney LS Miami Dolphins BYU N/A
Taysom Hill QB New Orleans Saints BYU N/A
Bronson Kaufusi DE New York Jets BYU Timpview
Harvey Langi LB New York Jets BYU/Utah Bingham
Daniel Sorensen S Kansas City Chiefs BYU N/A
Sione Takitaki LB Cleveland Browns BYU N/A
Kyle Van Noy LB New England Patriots BYU N/A
Fred Warner LB San Francisco 49ers BYU N/A
Jamaal Williams RB Green Bay Packers BYU N/A
Cody Barton LB Seattle Seahawks Utah Brighton
Tony Bergstrom OL Washington Redskins Utah Skyline
Marquise Blair S Seattle Seahawks Utah N/A
Garett Bolles OT Denver Broncos Utah Westlake Snow
Devontae Booker RB Denver Broncos Utah N/A
Matt Gay K Tampa Bay Buccaneers Utah Orem
Star Lotulelei DT Buffalo Bills Utah Bingham Snow
Nate Orchard DL Miami Dolphins Utah Highland
Tim Patrick WR Denver Broncos Utah N/A
Eric Rowe CB Miami Dolphins Utah N/A
Sam Tevi OT Los Angeles Chargers Utah N/A
Marcus Williams FS New Orleans Saints Utah N/A
Mitch Wishnowsky P San Francisco 49ers Utah N/A
Eric Weddle FS Los Angeles Rams Utah N/A
Maurice Alexander LB Buffalo Bills Utah State N/A
Kyler Fackrell LB Green Bay Packers Utah State N/A
Tyler Larsen OL Carolina Panthers Utah State Jordan
Dallin Leavitt S Oakland Raiders Utah State/BYU N/A
JoJo Natson WR/PR Los Angeles Rams Utah State N/A
Donald Penn OT Washington Redskins Utah State N/A
Patrick Scales LS Chicago Bears Utah State Weber
Darwin Thompson RB Kansas City Chiefs Utah State N/A
Nick Vigil LB Cincinnati Bengals Utah State Fremont
Bobby Wagner MLB Seattle Seahawks Utah State N/A
Miles Killebrew S/LB Detroit Lions SUU N/A
LeShaun Sims CB Tennessee Titans SUU N/A
Taron Johnson CB Buffalo Bills Weber State N/A
Jordan Devey OL Oakland Raiders Memphis American Fork Snow
Kaden Elliss LB New Orleans Saints Idaho Judge Memorial
Andre James OT Oakland Raiders UCLA Herriman
Bryan Mone DT Seattle Seahawks Michigan Highland
Dalton Schultz TE Dallas Cowboys Stanford Bingham
Xavier Su'a-Filo OG Dallas Cowboys UCLA Timpview
John Ursua WR Seattle Seahawks Hawaii Cedar/Westlake