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