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BYU Alums in the NFL: Week 8 Recap

Taysom Hill scored a big touchdown and Jamaal Williams totaled over 100 yards among the BYU standouts in the NFL in Week 8.

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Here is a look at the top performers among BYU alums in the NFL in the latest week of NFL action.

Kyle Van Noy, LB, Miami Dolphins

KVN missed two starts with an injury but was back in action for Miami against the Los Angeles Rams. In a game where the Rams out-gained the Dolphins in virtually every statistic, the factor that aided in Miami’s victory was turnovers. Van Noy participated in the turnover party with a 28-yard fumble recovery return, which set up a quick Dolphins touchdown. He also knocked down two passes and racked up a combined nine tackles in the Dolphins’ mild upset of the Rams, 28-17.

Daniel Sorensen, S, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs clearly outmatched the New York Jets on Sunday and Sorensen and the rest of KC’s defense showed up in a big way. They tortured Jets QB Sam Darnold and the Jets offense, with Sorensen collecting nine combined tackles, which matched his season high, and a forced fumble. The 30-year-old is quietly putting together a solid season that might garner Pro Bowl consideration if it continues, as he has 47 tackles, two interceptions, one being returned for a score, and a forced fumble.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers

With Aaron Jones out once again, the mantle fell again to Williams to shoulder the load at running back beside Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay’s backfield. For the second straight game, Williams surpassed 20 touches, with 16 rushes and six catches. He ran for 75 yards at 4.7 yards per carry and hauled in passes for 27 yards, totaling 102 yards from scrimmage. He also ran in for a two-point conversion as the Packers attempted to come back against Minnesota. Unfortunately, Williams has been placed on Green Bay’s Reserve/COVID-19 list as a result of contact tracing from a positive test on the team. No word yet as to how long he will be held out but his status for their upcoming game against the 49ers is very much in doubt.

Taysom Hill, ATH, New Orleans Saints

Hill finally took on a bigger role once again in Sean Payton’s offensive attack in New Orleans. Against the Bears, Hill received seven touches. He ran the ball five times for 35 yards, at 7.0 yards per carry. He hauled in a touchdown pass from Drew Brees in the fourth quarter that ended up being critical, as the Bears mounted a comeback to force overtime. He finished with two catches for 30 total yards and he also ran for 10 yards in New Orleans’ game-winning drive in overtime.

Fred Warner, LB, San Francisco 49ers

Warner was all over the field once again for San Francisco against the Seattle Seahawks. He collected four tackles total but also threw in a tackle for loss and put a hit on MVP-frontrunner Russell Wilson. San Francisco lost the game but Warner remains a staple on that defense and is building himself an All-Pro resume in 2020, with 61 tackles in eight games thus far.

Michael Davis, CB, Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers have had a rough season, losing several games at the last minute, even after having a lead. Davis has done his part to keep the defense afloat and in Sunday’s gut-wrenching loss to the Broncos, he notched three tackles and a pass defensed.

Sione Takitaki, LB, Cleveland Browns

Takitaki played 32 total snaps for the Browns in their tough home loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday in inclement weather. In limited action, he was able to grab three tackles.