SALT LAKE CITY — Though the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the sports world, including the offseason programs for the NFL, at some point the games will go on.
When they do, a strong contingent of locals will be trying to make an impact in the NFL. A total of 74 players with Utah ties are on NFL active rosters through Friday.
Normally, these athletes would be wrapping up organized team activities around this time, ahead of a break before training camps begin in July. They’ve traded those on-field workouts for virtual sessions.
Later this year, though, the number of locals in the league will dwindle as teams trim their rosters from 90 during the offseason to 53 players on the active roster to start the year.
The 74 Utah ties currently in the NFL is just two fewer than the 76 last season (with one on injured reserve) around this same time.
By comparison, there were 79 local players on NFL rosters in the latter stages of May 2018. The 2017 offseason set the standard in recent years, when there were 90 local players on NFL rosters around this time, paced by a strong contingent of 35 rookies.
This year’s crop of 74 local players includes 23 rookies, with nine draft picks and 14 undrafted free agents.
Here’s a breakdown of those 74 players (note: they can count towards multiple categories):
- 30 who played at the University of Utah (up from 25 last year)
- 15 who played at Utah State (equal to 15 last year)
- 12 who played at BYU (down from 14 last year)
- 4 who played at Weber State (equal to 4 last year)
- 4 who played at Snow College (equal to 4 last year)
- 2 who played at Southern Utah (down from 5 last year)
- 30 who played football at Utah high schools (down from 31 last year)
Here’s a look at each local player in the NFL, listed by team in alphabetical order:
- New Orleans Saints free safety Marcus Williams (43) runs an interception by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston back for a score during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. Jason Behnken, AP
- Cleveland Browns linebacker Sione Takitaki (44) plays against the Washington Redskins during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Cleveland. Ron Schwane, AP
- Miami Dolphins cornerback Eric Rowe (21) cheers after defending New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) in he end zone, during the second half at an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Wilfredo Lee, AP
- Oakland Raiders’ Nevin Lawson, right, breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams’ Alex Bachman, left, during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Rich Pedroncelli, AP
- Denver Broncos offensive tackle Garett Bolles smiles during an NFL preseason football game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Denver. Jack Dempsey, AP
- Miami Dolphins cornerback Eric Rowe, left, and Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, right, pose at midfield after swapping jerseys following an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bill Sikes, AP
- Kansas City Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen (49) intercepts a pass intended for Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, left, during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Ed Zurga, AP
- Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Desmond King (20) congratulate cornerback Michael Davis (43) after Davis intercepted a pass, during the second half at an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Chargers defeated the Dolphins 30-10. Lynne Sladky, AP
- Utah State quarterback Jordan Love works out at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 27, 2020. Love was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the 26th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Charlie Neibergall, AP
- Oakland Raiders offensive guard Jordan Devey (65) and defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) during introductions before an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. D. Ross Cameron, AP
- Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Nick Vigil (59) is congratulated by defensive tackle Andrew Brown (93) after recovering a fumble by Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews during the first half of a NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Baltimore. Vigil signed with the Chargers in the offseason. Gail Burton, AP
- New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill looks to pass during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Carson, Calif. Kelvin Kuo, AP
- Cleveland Browns defensive end Porter Gustin runs during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Cleveland. The Browns won 27-19. David Richard, AP
- New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy smiles on the field during an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit on Aug. 8, 2019. Van Noy signed with the Miami Dolphins during the offseason. Paul Sancya, AP
- Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) breaks through the Arizona Wildcats defense during the game at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Moss was a third-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 202 NFL draft. Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
- Utah Utes defensive back Jaylon Johnson (1) makes a tackle on Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (2) during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Johnson was a second-round pick by the Chicago Bears in the 202 NFL draft. Colter Peterson, Deseret News
- Detroit Lions defensive back Miles Killebrew stands at the bench during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Landover, Md. Mark Tenally, AP
- San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner (54) in action during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Kansas City Chiefs won 31-20. Steve Luciano, AP
- Seattle Seahawks linebacker Cody Barton (57) is seen in coverage against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Seahawks won 17-9. Julio Cortez, AP
- Buffalo Bills cornerback Taron Johnson (24) runs on the field with teammates before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Jeffrey T. Barnes, AP
- Washington Redskins linebacker Nate Orchard, right, blocks a punt attempt by New York Giants punter Riley Dixon during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. Patrick Semansky, AP
- No. 30, CB, Utah State: Davis spent much of the 2019 season on the Cardinals’ practice squad before being promoted to the active roster late in the year. He’ll compete for time behind Patrick Peterson, Robert Alford and Byron Murphy.
- No. 49, OLB, Utah: Fitts played in three games late last season and had four tackles after spending the bulk of 2019 on the Cardinals’ practice squad. He’ll look for snaps in 2020 backing up one of the NFL’s top sack specialists, Chandler Jones.
- No. 95, DT, Utah and Herriman High: Fotu was a fourth-round draft pick by Arizona in late April and joins a Cardinals defensive front full of new faces. He’s joined at defensive tackle by Jordan Phillips, previously with Buffalo, and fellow rookie Rashard Lawrence out of LSU.
- Number not assigned, TE, Utah State and Utah: Following a breakout season in one year at Utah State, Repp joined the Falcons as an undrafted free agent. He’s one of two rookie tight ends on the Atlanta roster whose best bet is trying to make the practice squad this year.
- No. 2, QB, Utah: Huntley signed with Baltimore after going undrafted in April following a standout career at Utah. With 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson entrenched as the starter and veteran Robert Griffin III his likely backup, Huntley will battle for a roster spot — most likely practice squad — with third-year QB Trace McSorley.
- No. 33, CB, Utah: Nurse turned one solid season starting at Utah last year and parlayed that into an undrafted rookie contract with the Ravens. He’ll have plenty of competition to try and stick in Baltimore, with 10 corners on the Ravens roster, including four rookies, three of which went undrafted.
- Ty’Son Williams, RB, BYU: Following the 2020 NFL draft, it was reported that Williams agreed to sign as an undrafted free agent with Baltimore. That transaction has not become official yet, though; he is not on the Ravens’ current roster and does not count towards the 74 locals on NFL rosters. Williams played just four games for BYU last season as a grad transfer from South Carolina before suffering a torn ACL. He finished 2019 with 49 carries for 264 yards and three touchdowns.
- No. 24, CB, Weber State: Johnson is looking to made strides in his third NFL season after recording 47 tackles, five pass deflections, a forced fumble and a sack in 2019. He started seven games for the Bills last season and is penciled in as the starter at nickel heading into 2020.
- No. 98, DT, Utah, Snow College and Bingham High: Lotulelei’s contract with the Bills — which runs through 2022 — was restructured in February, making his base salary of $1.75 million in 2020 fully guaranteed, with injury guarantees totaling $2.5 million for 2021 added in, per ESPN NFL insider Field Yates. He started every game for Buffalo last season and had 17 tackles, an interception and a pass deflection.
- No. 20, RB, Utah: The Utes’ all-time leading rusher became a Bill when the team drafted him in the third round in April. He’ll team up with Devin Singletary, the team’s second-year starting back in Buffalo, and was tabbed an instant impact rookie by USA Today’s Nate Davis, who wrote, “Definitely potential for a very nifty and highly complementary set of runners.”
- No. 60, OT, Corner Canyon High: Bowen, who played at Ohio State, is the first Corner Canyon alum to reach the NFL after signing with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent. He’ll be competing with three other undrafted rookies for a backup spot on the Carolina offensive line.
- No. 69, C, Utah State and Jordan High: Larsen is headed into a contract year with the Panthers, where he’s played since 2016. He was a reserve lineman, serving as the backup center, in every game for Carolina last season.
- No. 33, CB, Utah: Johnson, a second-round draft pick and the first Ute to be selected in the 2020 NFL draft, could see plenty of playing time early in his career. In Chicago, he’ll vie with Artie Burns and Kevin Toliver for the starting corner spot opposite two-time Pro Bowl Bear Kyle Fuller. “Jaylon is a really intelligent player, plays the game with excellent instincts and awareness, you can see it in the way he plays,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said, per ESPN.
- No. 48, LS, Utah State and Weber High: Scales re-signed with Chicago on a one-year deal this offseason. He is headed into his seventh NFL season and fifth with the Bears.
- No. 38, CB, Southern Utah: Sims joined the Bengals as an unrestricted free agent this offseason after four years with Tennessee. He’s been a special teams ace and reserve corner throughout his career, a role he’s likely to fill in Cincinnati if he makes the active regular-season roster.
- No. 76, OG, Timpview High: Su’a-Filo signed with Cincinnati as an unrestricted free agent in March, his third NFL team in what will be his seventh season in 2020. The former T-Bird could start at left guard for the Bengals — he has started 53 games in his career, including 12 games over the past two seasons in Dallas.
- No. 97, DE, Salem Hills High: Gustin played in six games as a rookie last season, registering 13 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery for Cleveland after being elevated from the team’s practice squad in late November. He’ll likely provide depth at defensive end behind Myles Garrett, who was reinstated in February from an indefinite suspension stemming from an ugly brawl in Week 10.
- No. 19, WR/Ret., Utah State: Natson signed a one-year deal with Cleveland in late March after he was waived by the Rams, where he’s played the past two seasons. He will compete to become a return specialist for the Browns.
- No. 44, LB, BYU: Takitaki heads into his second NFL season looking to play a bigger role at middle linebacker for the Browns — last year’s starter, Joe Schobert, is gone after signing with Jacksonville. Takitaki started one game and made 19 tackles last year, and recently told the Browns’ Best Podcast Available, “I feel like I’ve always been an underdog in my whole story. I just carry that with everything I do.”
- No. 51, DE, Utah: Anae, a fifth-round draft pick, heads to a Dallas team that has veteran depth on the defensive line — including DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford at defensive end. The Utes’ career sack leader could help the Dallas pass rush — no returning player had more than five sacks in 2019 — and should expect to contribute on special teams early in his career.
- No. 44, LB, Utah, BYU and Herriman High: Bernard joined Anae in Dallas after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. He’s one of three rookie linebackers the Cowboys signed after going undrafted, and will likely need to show his value on special teams on a team that has established starters at all three linebacker positions.
- No. 86, TE, Bingham High: Schultz heads into his third pro season with the Cowboys, where he’ll look to provide depth behind Blake Jarwin, who started seven games last season. Schultz played mainly on special teams in 2019 and had one catch for 6 yards.
- No. 72, OT, Utah, Snow College and Westlake High: Bolles is in a contract year with the Broncos after the team did not pick up the fifth-year option for their 2017 first-round selection. He’ll be Denver’s starter at left tackle, a position Bolles has held ever since his rookie season.
- No. 81, WR, Utah: Patrick is back for his third year with the Broncos, after missing half of last season due to injury and finishing 2019 with 16 receptions for 218 yards. He’ll have plenty more competition for reps, though, after the Broncos used three draft picks — including their first-rounder, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy — on wide receivers.
- No. 35, S, Southern Utah: Killebrew, a fourth-round pick by Detroit in 2016, re-signed with the Lions this offseason on a one-year, $2 million deal, per Spotrac. He’s largely been a special-teamer the past couple seasons with the Lions and may be a cut candidate come training camp, especially after Detroit added safety Duron Harmon in a trade with New England.
- No. 91, DL, Utah, Snow College and West Jordan High: Penisini was the final one of seven Utes drafted in April, going in the sixth round to Detroit. He’ll look to provide depth at the defensive tackle position, where the Lions added experience this offseason by signing former Patriot starter Danny Shelton to a two-year contract.
Green Bay Packers
- No. 50, LB, Utah State: Galeai, who had 15.5 sacks in his two seasons in Logan, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Packers in April. Green Bay’s starters at outside linebacker — Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith — had 13.5 and 12 sacks, respectively, last season, and Galeai will be looking to provide depth at the position alongside two other rookies.
- No. 10, QB, Utah State: One of the most talked about selections of the 2020 NFL draft came when the Packers traded up to select Love with the 26th overall selection, considering Green Bay has one of the game’s best quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers, signed through 2023. Love will back up Rodgers this season and perhaps beyond, though the question that lingers is how long will it be before the Packers move on to the understudy. Love, regardless, is embracing the opportunity he’ll have to learn under Rodgers. “You gotta go out there, prove yourself and make a name for yourself,” Love told NFL Network recently. “It’s a job, you gotta be able to keep that. For me, just trying to learn the offense and prove myself.”
We had fun being back out on a field for the first time in a while. I spoke w/ #Packers 1st round pick, Jordan Love, after one of his private workouts, on how he continues to prepare for his rookie season. Our interview from @nflnetwork & more on the workouts pic.twitter.com/2wl1wL3ZxX— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) May 15, 2020
- No. 30, RB, BYU: Williams heads into the final year of his rookie contract with Green Bay in a busier backfield, after the Packers used their second-round pick on Boston College back AJ Dillon. Williams rushed for 460 yards and a touchdown while adding 253 receiving yards and five more scores through the air in 2019 while backing up Aaron Jones.
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- No. 32, S, Utah and Layton High: Blackmon became the second former Ute off the board in April’s draft when the Colts selected him in the third round with the 85th overall pick. He had 60 tackles, eight pass deflections and four interceptions as a senior at Utah even after suffering an ACL injury in the Pac-12 title game. Blackmon initially will provide depth at free safety behind Malik Hooker, the team’s full-time starter the past two seasons.
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Kansas City Chiefs
- No. 68, OT, Utah and Brighton High: Barton earned a Super Bowl ring in his first NFL season, joining the Chiefs midseason after Kansas City signed him off the Indianapolis practice squad. A seventh-round pick by the Colts last year, Barton will again provide depth at the tackle position.
- Number not assigned, WR, BYU: Hifo signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in April. He’ll have plenty of competition trying to earn a roster spot, as Kansas City signed five other undrafted free agent wide receivers. Hifo’s best bet to make the team will be as a return specialist, which he did at BYU.
- No. 49, S, BYU: Sorensen stepped into a starting role during the Chiefs’ postseason run last year and excelled after the team’s starter at free safety, Juan Thornhill, tore his ACL in the regular-season finale. Sorensen finished with 22 tackles in the playoffs — and 57 in the regular season — to help the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl title in 50 years, and he’ll be a key reserve again in 2020.
- No. 34, RB, Utah State: Thompson served as a backup to Damien Williams during his rookie season, rushing for 128 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries in 2019. His offensive reps, though, will be at a premium now after the team used its first-round pick on LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Las Vegas Raiders
- No. 46, RB, Utah: Booker became an unrestricted free agent this offseason after falling out of favor in Denver and signed with Las Vegas on May 11. He had just two carries for 9 yards in 2019 while playing mainly on special teams and will provide depth for the Raiders behind starter Josh Jacobs.
- No. 65, OL, Snow College and American Fork High: Devey signed a one-year contract in April worth $942,500, per Spotrac, to remain with the Raiders. He started four games last season in his first year with the team before landing on injured reserve with a torn pectoral.
- No. 5, K, Utah State: Eberle signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent following this year’s NFL draft. The rookie kicker was a standout at Utah State — he made 79% of his field goals over four seasons, including 87.5% last year — and faces a situation in Las Vegas where third-year pro Daniel Carlson is the incumbent at kicker.
- No. 68, OT, Herriman High: James made the Raiders roster as an undrafted free agent last season and provided one fill-in start while mainly playing on special teams. He’ll again provide depth at the center position behind starter Rodney Hudson.
- No. 26, CB, Utah State: Lawson signed a one-year extension with Las Vegas in January, worth $1.89 million, per Spotrac. In his first season with the Raiders, he had 23 tackles and five pass deflections while starting five games, though he will be competing for playing time — and a possible roster spot — with recent addition Prince Amukamara and first-round selection Damon Arnette.
- No. 32, S, Utah State and BYU: Leavitt re-signed with the Raiders on April 16 as an exclusive rights free agent. The undrafted free agent who originally signed with the Raiders in 2018 played in 15 games last season mainly on special teams — making nine tackles — and will be in a similar situation this season if he makes the regular season roster.
- No. 9, WR, Utah State and Utah: Mariner, an undrafted free agent signee, had career-highs of 63 receptions for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns at Utah State last season, after grad transferring from Utah. He is buried on the depth chart in Las Vegas but was the lone undrafted free agent wideout the Raiders signed.
Los Angeles Chargers
- No. 43, CB, BYU: The Chargers retained Davis, who was a restricted free agent heading into the offseason. He started 12 games for Los Angeles last year opposite Casey Hayward, finishing with 36 tackles, nine pass deflections and his first two career interceptions, though he’ll likely be fighting for reps behind offseason addition Chris Harris Jr.
- No. 32, S, Orem High: Gilman, who played his junior year of high school in Orem, was a sixth-round draft pick by the Chargers. He had 95 tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions for Notre Dame in 2019, and he’ll compete to back up starting safety Derwin James in Los Angeles.
- No. 69, OT, Utah: Tevi enters the final year of his rookie contract — he was a sixth-round selection in 2017 — as the team’s starter at right tackle. He’s started 30 games for the Chargers over three seasons, including 14 last year.
- No. 59, LB, Utah State and Fremont High: Vigil signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal (per Spotrac) with the Chargers as an unrestricted free agent in March, following four seasons with Cincinnati. He started 37 games with the Bengals and has 284 career tackles, and Vigil will be a strong candidate to start at outside linebacker for Los Angeles.
- No. 87, TE, Weber State: Vollert missed all of last season after suffering a torn ACL during the preseason. He’s headed into his third NFL season, second in Los Angeles, and will compete for a backup role with the Chargers.
Los Angeles Rams
- No. 26, S, Utah: Burgess, who started 14 games for Utah last season and had 81 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss, was a third-round pick by the Rams. He’ll provide depth early in his career at safety, where the Rams have Taylor Rapp and John Johnson returning, along with fellow rookie draft pick Jordan Fuller. “I love to play in the box and being able to read linemen but I also like just being in a position to make plays,” Burgess recently told the Rams Revealed podcast.
- No. 38, CB, BYU and Northridge High: Ghanwoloku joined the Rams as an undrafted free agent after starring for four years at BYU. He’s one of two rookie undrafted free agent safeties on the Los Angeles roster and will likely need to prove his skills as a special-teamer to stick around this season.
- No. 62, DL, Weber State: Williams, like Ghanwoloku, signed with Los Angeles as an undrafted free agent. The former Weber State standout is one of four defensive linemen — and one of two defensive ends — who are rookie undrafted free agents on the Rams roster.
- No. 21, CB, Utah: Rowe enters his second year in Miami coming off the best season of his career. He started 15 games for the Dolphins in 2019 and had a career-high 76 tackles, eight pass deflections, an interception and a forced fumble. He’ll again be a key component for the Miami secondary in 2020.
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- No. 53, LB, BYU: Van Noy signed a lucrative four-year, $51 million deal (per Spotrac) with Miami this offseason, after 31⁄2 seasons with the Patriots. Following a solid 2019 campaign where he had 47 tackles, 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, Van Noy is expected to be a starter at linebacker and a key defensive weapon for the Dolphins.
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New Orleans Saints
- No. 55, LB, Judge Memorial High: Elliss played in just three games as a rookie before landing on injured reserve on 2019 with a torn ACL. The former seventh-round draft pick will likely be a special-teamer again while providing depth at linebacker in 2020.
- No. 42, LB, Utah and Lone Peak High: Hansen spent the 2019 season on the Saints’ non-football injury list after signing with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent. Like Elliss, he’ll be competing for valuable reps to provide depth in the middle of the New Orleans defense this season.
- No. 7, QB, BYU: Hill is coming off one of his most versatile seasons yet, playing multiple positions on offense and special teams while proving reliable as a pass catcher, with 19 catches for 234 yards and six touchdowns. New Orleans showed how invested they are in the backup quarterback this offseason, signing him to a two-year, $21 million deal (per ESPN’s Adam Schefter) in April after he tested restricted free agency. “I’m very happy, I’m grateful and again, I think it’s a fair deal,” Hill said in a conference call following the signing.
- No. 79, OT, Utah: Paulo signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent. He’s the lone Ute offensive lineman to join an NFL team in this rookie class and is one of four offensive line undrafted free agents — including two tackles — New Orleans signed.
- No. 43, FS, Utah: Williams enters a contract season with the Saints as the team’s undisputed starter at free safety. He has started every game he’s played since being drafted in the second round by New Orleans in 2017 and last year had 54 tackles, a career-best 13 pass deflections and four interceptions to go along with a forced fumble.
New York Giants
- No. 51, LB, Utah State: Fackrell signed a one-year, $4.6 million deal (per Spotrac) with the Giants after hitting unrestricted free agency this offseason. After four seasons in Green Bay, where he had a career-best 10.5 sacks in 2018, Fackrell will have the opportunity to start at outside linebacker for the Giants.
New York Jets
- Number not assigned, DB, Utah: Guidry, who ran a 4.29 time in the 40-yard dash at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jets. He is one of three undrafted free agent cornerbacks to join New York this offseason.
- No. 91, DE, BYU and Timpview High: Kaufusi spent the bulk of the 2019 season on the practice squad for the Jets. He played in three games and had three tackles and a half-sack in his second year with the team.
- No. 65, OL, BYU and Timpview High: Like his brother, Corbin Kaufusi was a practice squad member for the Jets in 2019. He moved to the offensive side of the ball as a rookie last year after playing defensive end at BYU.
- No. 44, LB, BYU, Utah and Bingham High: Langi played in every game for New York last season, mainly on special teams, though he started three games at linebacker and finished the year with 14 tackles and a pass deflection as a reserve. He could be in competition for a starting role in 2020, with one starter at outside linebacker last season, Brandon Copeland, signing with New England.
- No. 78, OG, Weber State and Stansbury High: Opeta was promoted from the Eagles’ practice squad to the active roster late in the 2019 season, though he never played in a game. Heading into his second season, the former undrafted free agent signee will look to provide depth at the guard position for the Eagles.
- Number not assigned, TE, Hunter High: Togiai signed as an undrafted free agent with Philadelphia this offseason, following his college career at Oregon State. He had 44 receptions for 406 yards and three touchdowns last year for the Beavers, though reps will be tough to come by on an Eagles tight end group headlined by Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.
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San Francisco 49ers
- No. 54, LB, BYU: Warner had a breakout year in his second NFL season, starting every game for the 49ers in 2019 while recording 107 tackles, three sacks, nine pass deflections, three forced fumbles and his first pro pick-six while helping San Francisco reach the Super Bowl. He’ll again be a key member of the 49ers’ defense in 2020 from his MIKE linebacker position.
- No. 6, P, Utah: Wishnowsky, a fourth-round draft pick in 2019, averaged 44.9 yards per punt and pinned 23 of his 52 punts (44.2%) inside the 20 last season. He also served as kickoff specialist for the 49ers.
- No. 40, CB, Utah: Allen spent part of last season on Seattle’s practice squad, then signed a futures/reserve contract with the team. He spent the previous two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who drafted him in 2017.
- No. 57, LB, Utah and Brighton High: Barton played in every game as a rookie in 2019, finishing the year with 22 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection while playing mainly on special teams and subbing in as a starter in two late-season games. He’ll again provide key depth at linebacker in 2020.
- No. 27, FS, Utah: Blair earned three starts near midseason as a rookie last year and played in every game for the Seahawks. He ended the year with 30 tackles, two forced fumbles and a pass deflection and should again be a key reserve.
- No. 79, DT, Highland High: Mone made the Seahawks’ opening day 53-man active roster after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent last season. He ended up playing in four games and had four tackles while spending much of the year on the practice squad.
- No. 15, WR, Cedar High and Westlake High: Ursua, a seventh-round pick by the Seahawks last season, spent much of the 2020 season inactive on game day, though he played in three games and had an 11-yard catch in the regular-season finale. He’ll provide depth at wideout this year.
- No. 54, MLB, Utah State: Wagner was again a first-team All-Pro middle linebacker for the Seahawks in 2019, finishing the year with 144 tackles, six pass deflections, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He’s signed through 2022 with Seattle and is set to make $14.75 million in 2020, per Spotrac, as an unquestioned leader for the Seahawks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- No. 9, K, Utah and Orem High: Gay, a fifth-round draft pick in 2019, was the Buccaneers’ starting kicker all of last season. He finished his rookie year hitting 77.1% of his field goal attempts (27 of 35) and 43 of 48 extra points, while also making a career-best 58-yard field goal late in the season against the Rams.
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- No. 50, LB, Utah: Norris was not on an NFL roster during the 2019 regular season, after being waived by the Carolina Panthers during final cuts in August. He spent three seasons in Carolina (2016-18) and was signed by Washington on Feb. 13.
- No. 54, DE, Utah and Highland High: Orchard played in five games for Washington last season, after signing with the team in late November. He finished the year with 14 tackles, a fumble recovery, a pass deflection and a game-clinching sack against Carolina in Week 13, then re-signed with Washington in March to a one-year, $1.04 million contract, per Spotrac.
- No. 11, QB, Utah: Smith spent all of last season on the active/physically unable to perform list while recovering from a horrific leg injury suffered during the 2018 season, and ESPN recently offered an inside look at his recovery in its “Project 11” documentary. While it’s unknown when or if he’ll be able to return to play football, Smith is signed by Washington through the 2022 season on a four-year, $94 million contract, per Spotrac.