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Monday, September 17, 2012

Brigham Young Cougars in the NFL, Week 2: Pitta, Keisel Show Well; Will Harvey Unga get promoted?

There was a solid showing from former Brigham Young Cougars in week two of the NFL season, as Dennis Pitta continued to show he is a receiving threat and Brett Keisel looked healthy again for the Steelers. Dallas Reynolds and John Denney also saw action for their respective teams.

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Raves, Tight End

Pitta led the team in receiving for the second week in a row, recording eight catches for 65 yards, in a 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Also for the second week in a row, Pitta was thrown to more than any other receiver, this time being targeted 15 times.  It seems Pitta is one of the, if not the, favorite target for Joe Flaco this season.

Stats
This week: 8 receptions, 65 yards, 0 touchdowns
Season: 13 receptions, 138 yards, 1 touchdown

Baltimore Ravens: 1-1
Next: New England Patriots

Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh Steelers, Defensive End

After only seeing limited action in the season opener after an ankle injury, Keisel was back and looked healthy, recording five tackles in the Steelers’ win over the New York Jets.  Keisel was fourth on the team in tackles, helping the Pittsburgh defense hold Mark Sanchez to just 10 of 27 passing and 138 yards.

Stats
This week: 5 tackles (1 solo)
Season: 6 tackles (2 solo)

Pittsburgh Steelers: 1-1
Next: at Oakland Raiders

Dallas Reynolds, Philadelphia Eagles, Offensive Line

Reynolds saw the first action of his NFL career at Center against the Baltimore Raves, as the regular starter Jason Kelce sprained his knee and had to be carted into the locker room. Reynolds will likely see continued action at Center, at least until Kelce returns.  Just two plays after Reynolds entered the game, the Eagles scored making it 17-14, Baltimore. They finished the comeback and won 24-23.

Philadelphia Eagles: 1-1
Next: at Arizona Cardinals

John Denney, Miami Dolphins, Long Snapper

Denney saw more action than usual, as the Dolphins scored five touchdowns for at 35-13 win over Oakland. The 35 points was well above last year’s season scoring average of 20.5 for Miami. Denney took long snapping duties for all five successful extra point attempts. He also came onto the field for seven punts, one of which he ran down the field and downed.

Miami Dolphins: 1-1
Next: New York Jets

Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts, Wide Receiver

Did not play, as the Colts won 23-20 over the Minnesota Vikings.  Collie was listed as doubtful all week as he is still recovering from a concussion suffered in the preseason.

Stats
No stats recorded yet.

Indianapolis Colts: 1-1
Next:  Jacksonville Jaguars

John Beck, Houston Texans, Quarterback

Did not play, as Texans won 27-7 over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Stats
No stats recorded yet.

Houston Texans: 2-0
Next: at Denver

In other Brigham Young Cougar NFL news, the Green Bay Packers cut linebacker Vic So’oto from the squad this week. After placing him on the injured reserve to start the season, the Packers decided to part ways with So’oto.

Also, with Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte injured, the Bears are looking to either promote Harvey Unga from the practice squad or bring in a new free agent running back.


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