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These 2 Utah natives — Dalton Schultz and Julian Blackmon — had memorable NFL firsts in week 2 (+highlights)

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Atlanta Falcons defensive back Darqueze Dennard (34) and linebacker Deion Jones (45) move to stop Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (86) from gaining extra yardage after making a catch in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020.

Michael Ainsworth, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — When they were given the chance to step in and contribute on the NFL stage Sunday because of injuries to teammates at their position, two Utah ties — Dalton Schultz and safety Julian Blackmon — made the most of their uptick in snaps.

For Schultz, the former Bingham High tight end who’s in his third season with the Dallas Cowboys, he was looking for some redemption after a rough outing in week 1 — when he had one catch but two drops — after fellow tight end Blake Jarwin was lost for the year with a torn ACL.

On Sunday against Atlanta, Schultz even fumbled the ball away in the first quarter, and the Falcons led 20-0 at one point. Schultz recovered, though, and finished the game with a team-high nine receptions for 88 yards on 10 targets and caught his first touchdown as a pro.

That 10-yard touchdown grab came at a critical moment, cutting the Cowboys’ deficit to 39-30 with 4:57 to play. Dallas rallied for the win, 40-39, with a fourth-quarter flurry that included a successful onside kick.

“After last week, it was my duty for myself and my team to get back in there and have a really good work week of practice,” Schultz said postgame, according to Cowboys team writer Rob Phillips. “I felt like I did that and I came out and I did what I was supposed to do.”

Blackmon, the safety out of the University of Utah and Layton High who was a third-round selection by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2020 draft, was inactive during week 1 — he’s been rehabbing this offseason from a torn ACL. When Colts starting safety Malik Hooker left Sunday’s game against Minnesota with an injury, though, Blackmon’s debut turned into an afternoon full of 37 snaps — 34 on defense and three on special teams.

The most memorable moment of his NFL debut came in the final minute of the first half, when Blackmon stepped in front of the intended target on a Kirk Cousins pass and tipped the ball away, when it was caught by fellow safety Khari Willis.

Blackmon had two solo tackles in the game and finished with a pair of pass deflections. That included a tackle in the second quarter eight yards short of the line to gain on a third-and-long play, and a deflection on another long pass downfield just moments before he helped cause the turnover.

On Monday, Colts coach Frank Reich confirmed Hooker will miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury, opening up more opportunities for the rookie Blackmon. The Indianapolis coach was impressed with what he saw Sunday.

“He was all around the ball, all around the ball. I mean just from my eye watching the game, he played great,” Reich postgame in a media video conference of Blackmon. “... Those are the instincts that we saw on film. We know that that’s the player that he’s going to be.”

Here’s a look at how each of the Utah ties on active NFL rosters performed during the second week of the 2020 NFL season:

Browns 35, Bengals 30

Cleveland

  • Porter Gustin, DE, Salem Hills High: Had four tackles, including two solo stops and a tackle for loss when Gustin dropped Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow for a 7-yard loss on a second-and-goal from the Browns’ 2 in the third quarter. He added a quarterback hurry on a play that resulted in Cleveland forcing a turnover while playing 63 defensive snaps and five on special teams.

  • JoJo Natson, WR/Returner, Utah State: Had one punt return for 13 yards while playing three offensive snaps and nine on special teams.
  • Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU: Started at Sam linebacker and had five tackles, including three solo stops and an assisted tackle for a 4-yard loss on a first-and-goal play, while playing 41 defensive snaps and eight on special teams. 

Cincinnati

  • LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah: Did not play.

Bears 17, Giants 13

Chicago

  • Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: Started at cornerback and had four tackles, including three solo stops, and two pass deflections — one came on a third-down pass in the Bears red zone that forced a field-goal attempt — while playing 63 defensive snaps and one on special teams.

  • Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State and Weber High: Played seven special teams snaps.

New York

  • Jackson Barton, OT, Utah and Brighton High: Not active for game.
  • Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State: Started at outside linebacker and had a 6-yard sack on the game’s fourth play to go along with four solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry while playing 36 defensive snaps and six on special teams.

Cowboys 40, Falcons 39

Dallas

  • Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah: Played three defensive snaps and 21 on special teams.
  • Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham High: Caught his first NFL touchdown pass — a 10-yarder with 4:57 to play to bring Dallas within 39-30 — and led the Cowboys with nine receptions on 10 targets for 88 yards. He also lost a fumble, making a tackle on the play in the first quarter, and converted a third-down attempt with an 8-yard reception that led to a field goal, while playing 57 offensive snaps. 

Atlanta

  • No locals on roster

Packers 42, Lions 21

Green Bay

  • Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: Not active for game.
  • Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: Scored on a two-point conversion run in the fourth quarter and had eight carries for 63 yards — a 7.9-per carry average — while playing 31 offensive snaps and 11 on special teams.

Detroit

  • Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah: Played 26 special teams snaps.
  • John Penisini, DL, Utah, Snow College and West Jordan High: Played 18 defensive snaps.

Colts 28, Vikings 11

Indianapolis

  • Julian Blackmon, S, Utah and Layton High: Had two solo tackles and two pass deflections, including one where he tipped the ball to teammate Khari Willis for an interception just before halftime — while playing 34 defensive snaps and three on special teams in his NFL debut.
  • Noah Togiai, TE, Hunter High: Played 37 offensive snaps.

Minnesota

  • No locals on roster

Bills 31, Dolphins 28

Buffalo

  • Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: Started at cornerback and had five tackles, including three solo stops, while playing 57 defensive snaps and 11 on special teams.
  • Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Had eight carries for 37 yards, including a long of 14 yards on a field goal-scoring drive, while playing 28 offensive snaps.  

Miami

  • Eric Rowe, SS, Utah: Had two tackles, including a solo stop, and a pass deflection while playing 37 defensive snaps and six on special teams.
  • Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Started at linebacker and forced a fumble that teammate Noah Igbinoghene recovered, added four solo tackles and a pass deflection on a third-down play that led to a punt while playing 58 defensive snaps.

49ers 31, Jets 13

San Francisco

  • Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Started at Mike linebacker and had a team-high 12 tackles, including nine solo stops and an assisted tackle for no gain on a fourth-and-1 play at the San Francisco 20, while playing 52 defensive snaps and two on special teams.
  • Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: Had four punts for 199 yards for a 49.8 per-punt average — including a 44.8 net average — and had two punts inside the 20 and a long of 59 while also serving as the team’s kickoff specialist, registering a solo special teams tackle and playing 15 special teams snaps.

New York

  • Harvey Langi, LB, BYU, Utah and Bingham High: Had a solo special teams tackle while playing three defensive snaps and 23 on special teams.

Rams 37, Eagles 19

Los Angeles

  • Terrell Burgess, SS, Utah: Had a solo special teams tackle while playing 16 special teams snaps.

Philadelphia

  • Sua Opeta, OG, Weber State and Stansbury High: Not active for game.

Steelers 26, Broncos 21

Pittsburgh

  • No locals on roster

Denver

  • Garett Bolles, OT, Utah, Snow College and Westlake High: Started at left tackle and made a tackle after a Denver turnover while playing all 77 offensive snaps for the Broncos and four on special teams.
  • Tim Patrick, WR, Utah: Started at wide receiver and had two receptions on five targets for 24 yards, including a 17-yard reception to convert a third down one play before a Denver touchdown, while playing 50 offensive snaps — tops among Broncos receivers — and four on special teams.

Buccaneers 31, Panthers 17

Tampa Bay

  • No locals on roster

Carolina

  • Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State and Jordan High: Played three special teams snaps.

Titans 33, Jaguars 30

Tennessee

  • No locals on roster

Jacksonville

  • No locals on roster

Cardinals 30, Washington 15

Arizona

  • Kylie Fitts, OLB, Utah: Played three defensive snaps and 14 on special teams.
  • Leki Fotu, DT, Utah and Herriman High: Not active for game.

Washington

  • Jared Norris, LB, Utah: Played 20 special teams snaps.
  • Alex Smith, QB, Utah: Not active for game.

Ravens 33, Texans 16

Baltimore

  • No locals on active roster

Houston

  • No locals on roster

Chiefs 23, Chargers 20

Kansas City

  • Marcus Kemp, WR, Layton High: Had an assisted special teams tackle while playing 18 special teams snaps.
  • Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Had four solo tackles and a quarterback hurry on a third-down play in Kansas City territory that led to a Chargers field goal attempt on the next play while playing 58 defensive snaps and seven on special teams.
  • Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State: Had four carries for 21 yards, including a 14-yarder on a touchdown drive and picked up 2 yards on a fourth-and-1 carry in overtime that helped set up the Chiefs’ game-winning field goal, was targeted once on a pass and had two solo special teams tackles while playing 15 offensive snaps and 10 on special teams. 

Los Angeles

  • Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Started at cornerback and had six tackles, including four solo stops and an assisted special teams tackle, and added two pass deflections while playing 74 defensive snaps and 16 on special teams.
  • Alohi Gilman, S, Orem High: Played 18 special teams snaps.
  • Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State and Fremont High: Played three special teams snaps.
  • Sam Tevi, OT, Utah: Started at left tackle and played all 83 offensive snaps for the Chargers and four on special teams.

Seahawks 35, Patriots 30

Seattle

  • Cody Barton, LB, Utah and Brighton High: Had a solo special teams tackle while playing five defensive snaps and 19 on special teams. 
  • Marquise Blair, S, Utah: Had two tackles, including one solo stop, before leaving with an injury in the second quarter. He played seven defensive snaps and three on special teams before exiting. 
  • Bryan Mone, DT, Highland High: Had an assisted tackle while playing 26 defensive snaps.
  • Bobby Wagner, MLB, Utah State: Started at middle linebacker and tied for second on the team with eight tackles, including five solo stops, while adding a quarterback hurry and playing all 72 defensive snaps for the Seahawks and six on special teams.

New England

  • No locals on roster

Raiders 34, Saints 24

Las Vegas

  • Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Had three carries for minus-1 yard to go with one reception for 6 yards while playing 11 offensive snaps and four on special teams.
  • Andre James, OT, Herriman High: Played six special teams snaps.
  • Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: Had a solo tackle while playing 13 defensive snaps and 19 on special teams.

New Orleans

  • Kaden Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial High: Played 16 special teams snaps.
  • Chase Hansen, LB, Utah and Lone Peak High: Not active for game.
  • Taysom Hill, QB, BYU: Had two carries for 8 yards while playing 14 offensive snaps and five on special teams.
  • Marcus Williams, FS, Utah: Started at free safety and had a team-high nine tackles, including seven solo stops, while playing all 80 defensive snaps for the Saints.