SALT LAKE CITY — Dayan Lake, the former BYU defensive back who signed with the Los Angeles Rams as a free agent after going undrafted in April’s NFL draft, was one of 17 players waived by the Rams on Friday.
NFL teams must cut their active rosters from their offseason limit of 80 players down to 53 by Saturday at 2 p.m. MDT for their initial regular-season active roster. Heading into Friday, there were 69 locals on NFL active rosters, with as many as 75 Utah ties on rosters over the summer.
Lake, who went by the last name Ghanwoloku through much of his college career, is one of three BYU players who signed as an undrafted free agent with NFL teams this offseason — the others include wide receiver Aleva Hifo, who’s twice been signed, and waived, by the Kansas City Chiefs, and running back Ty’Son Williams, who recently signed with Baltimore Ravens. No Cougars were taken in the 2020 draft.
Lake, who prepped at Northridge High, was a four-year standout at BYU. During his college career, he had 207 tackles, seven interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles to go with 10.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Players who clear waivers may be added to a team’s practice squad beginning Sunday. This year, NFL teams can carry as many as 16 players on their practice squad, according to NJ.com. That’s six more than last year — the new collective bargaining agreement was already going to bump practice squads to 12 players, but due to the novel coronavirus, teams can have 16 in 2020.
The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue reported that Lake is a “very strong candidate” for the Rams to add as a practice squad member if he clears waivers. “Per source, the Rams would really like to bring the former BYU standout back as they see his development potential,” Rodrique wrote on Twitter.
The Rams will bring back a few of these recent cuts to the practice squad. One very strong candidate, as of now: Versatile, fast UDFA DB Dayan Lake.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) September 4, 2020
Per source, the Rams would really like to bring the former BYU standout back as they see his development potential.
Typically, around 40-45 Utah ties make a Week 1 active roster each year. That means Saturday is expected be a busy day, with many local ties likely to get cut.
Another Utahn who is reportedly going to be waived is former University of Utah kicker Matt Gay. Several national outlets, including the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero, reported the second-year pro will be cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, becoming expandable after the team signed veteran Ryan Succop this week.
Gay won the Buccaneers’ starting kicker position last year after Tampa Bay used a fifth-round selection on the former UVU soccer and Alta High star in the 2019 NFL draft. Gay made 27 of 35 field goal attempts last season — a 77.1% conversion clip — with a long of 58 yards, while he missed five extra-point attempts, making 43 of 48.
Tampa Bay has not yet announced it’s waiving Gay, though according to team writer Scott Smith, the Buccaneers aren’t expected to make their moves official until after Saturday’s 2 p.m. deadline.