Back in August, it looked like the NFL career of former BYU Cougar, Brett Keisel might be over. The veteran defensive end remained unsigned and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team Keisel had been with his entire NFL career, seemed to be intent on getting younger on defense.
Fortunately, the Steelers did end up signing Keisel just over two-weeks prior to the start of the regular season. At age 36, Keisel has proven this season that he is still capable of making an impact in Pittsburgh. While Keisel's stats this season aren't going to blow anyone away, he continues to make key plays at important moments for the Steelers.
Last night, Keisel recorded two tackles, two pass deflections, and a QB hit in a three-point win over Tennessee. Keisel's QB hit came on third down and stopped the Titans' first drive of the second half. Keisel would later hurry Tennessee QB Zach Mettenberger on another key third down play.
Ziggy Ansah also continued his impressive season with three tackles and one tackle for loss in the Lions' loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. Ansah also put a few hits on Arizona QB Drew Stanton as he threw the ball. The second-year defensive end already has more tackles than he did in his rookie season and seems to improve in some aspect of the game almost every week. Ansah's progress continues to draw the praise of his coaches, teammates, and the Detroit media.
Lions notes: Ziggy Ansah on track to be one of the NFL's top edge rushers soon http://t.co/dovLe3z9Rz— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) November 15, 2014
People compare Calvin Johnson to a create-a-player in Madden. Can the same be said of #Lions DE Ziggy Ansah? http://t.co/Q4nMZc4h2M— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) November 15, 2014
Dennis Pitta (Ravens): Pitta is out for the season with a major hip injury he suffered in Week 3.
Ziggy Ansah (Lions): Ansah had 3 tackles, including 1 tackle for loss, and 2 QB hits in Detroit's 6-14 loss to Arizona.
Kyle Van Noy (Lions): Van Noy only saw four defensive snaps, but he made the most of them, recording a tackle for loss in Detroit's 6-14 loss to Arizona.
John Denney (Dolphins): Denney handled long-snapping duties for Miami in a 22-9 win over Buffalo, but did not record any stats.
Brett Keisel (Steelers): Keisel had 2 tackles, 2 pass deflections, and a QB hit in Pittsburgh's 27-24 victory over Tennessee on Monday night.
Dallas Reynolds (Giants): Reynolds played in New York's 10-16 loss to San Francisco, but did not record any stats.
Daniel Sorensen (Chiefs): Sorensen played in the Kansas City's 24-20 victory over Seattle, but did not record any stats.
Cougars currently on NFL practice squads: Spencer Hadley (Raiders) and Hebron Fangupo (Chiefs)