The National Football League is in full swing as they completed Week 2 on Monday night. Plenty of BYU alums played significant roles for their respective NFL teams. Here is a look at the standouts for Week 2.
Sione Takitaki, LB, Cleveland Browns
Takitaki got to showcase his talents on the big stage of Thursday Night Football. He had the task of defending the number one overall pick in Joe Burrow and the Bengals. The second-year linebacker collected five tackles including stuffing running back Joe Mixon at the goal line before Cleveland eventually forced Cincinnati to settle for a field goal. The Browns won 35-30, thanks in part to some key defensive plays by Takitaki and his crew.
Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers
The Packers are rolling through two weeks of play, especially on offense. Williams is squarely in the backup running back role with Aaron Jones stealing the spotlight in Green Bay. However, that doesn’t mean Williams hasn’t been getting touches.
The Packers rolled past the Lions 42-21 on Sunday and Williams got eight carries for 63 yards. He also got the carry on their two-point conversion attempt and scored, sealing the victory for the Packers. Through two weeks, Williams has accounted for 105 yards from scrimmage on 19 touches.
Fred Warner, LB, San Francisco 49ers
After a solid opening week performance, Warner upped his game for Week 2 against the New York Jets. With his teammates dropping like flies with injuries, Warner stepped up in a big way with 12 total tackles.
San Francisco was able to withstand the injuries and beat the Jets 31-13. Warner was all over the field and played 80 percent of the defensive snaps for the 49ers.
Taysom Hill, QB/RB/WR/TE/Everything, New Orleans Saints
Something was noticeably missing during Monday night’s loss to the Raiders — Taysom Hill. Hill played just 14 offensive snaps without a big reason why his playing time declined. He carried the ball twice for eight years in the Saints’ defeat in Las Vegas. Perhaps the Saints are beginning to see Drew Brees’ mortality and want to preserve Hill for his assumed role as Brees’ successor?
Kyle Van Noy, LB, Miami Dolphins
Winning does not come as easily to those outside of the Patriots’ organization and Van Noy is finding that out with the Dolphins. They faced off against the Buffalo Bills, who look to be a team contending to dethrone in the Patriots in the AFC East. KVN played 95 percent of the Dolphins’ defensive snaps, with four tackles, a pass defended and a forced fumble in Miami’s loss to the Bills.
Daniel Sorensen, S, Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs found themselves in the slugfest with the Chargers on Sunday. Sorensen did his part against the rookie Justin Herbert, who was making his first career NFL start, making four tackles and hitting Herbert once in Kansas City’s slim victory.
Michael Davis, CB, Los Angeles Chargers
Davis and the rest of the Chargers defense certainly had their hands full on Sunday, facing the challenge of the best offense in the league with a Super Bowl MVP quarterback in Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. To their credit, Los Angeles made life tough for the Chiefs for much of the game and Davis was smack in the middle of it. He collected six tackles and deflected two of Mahomes’ passes in the Chargers’ narrow 23-20 defeat in overtime.