Aug 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) runs with the ball after getting away from Detroit Lions linebacker Kyle Van Noy (95) during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Last Year's Cougars in the NFL Update

Players are battling to make roster spots. KVN is not a Johnny Football believer. After a week of NFL Preseason games, let’s take a look at how former BYU Cougars are doing in the league.

Daniel Sorensen

Daniel has to be the best story to follow of all former players in the offseason. After being passed over in last year’s draft, Sorensen signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and actually started their first preseason game against the Bengals last weekend. He is expected to start again against the Panthers on Sunday while Eric Berry is still out with injury.

I knew Sorensen was in a good position to make the team when he signed, but after his performances in camp and his first game, I have him as a lock for making the team.

Cody Hoffman

Hoffman has been doing well from all reports in camp, and played significant minutes at the end of the Redskins’ preseason game against the Patriots. However, he recorded no stats in the game.

He is still a bubble-player to make the roster this season – what bodes well for him is a lack of size at the receiver position for the Redskins and Cody being three inches taller than any other receiver on the team. We’ll see what happens.

Kyle Van Noy

KVN did not get the official start against the Browns last week, but saw reps with other 1’s on the team. He had a solid game and showed flashes (had a PBU and almost sacked Johnny Manziel twice) but doesn’t seem to have the starting spot locked down just yet.

Has had some minor injuries throughout camp, but has persevered. If he can have a good showing throughout the rest of camp and preseason, he should be able to lockdown that starting spot.

Ezekiel Ansah

Ziggy has been out of contact drills throughout camp and has not seen any in-game action yet this year due to shoulder surgery earlier this year.

The coaches have high expectations for Ansah, who led all rookies last year in sacks. We probably won’t see him in action tomorrow against the Raiders but should be back by the next game.

Eathyn Manumaleuna

Manumaleuna initially signed with the Giants after going undrafted this year. He was cut by the team, and then picked up by the New England Patriots.

Eathyn saw significant time in the Patriot’s preseason game against the Redskins, but didn’t have any stand out plays. He could be a very good fit for this team, but preseason will need to play out to see if he makes the roster or the practice squad.

Spencer Hadley

Hadley went undrafted this year but recently signed with the Oakland Raiders. He’ll most likely need time to get caught up with the playbook before seeing much preseason action. If he can show well in camp and any preseason action, he has an outside chance at making the team. The Raiders play the Lions tomorrow.

Uani Unga

It was reported today that the New York Jets extended an offer for Unga to tryout for the team. If that doesn’t work out, he seems to have similar offers with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. It will definitely be an uphill battle for Uani to make a team at this point, but could make the practice squad and work his way up.

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Tags: BYU Cougars Cody Hoffman Daniel Sorensen Eathyn Manumaleuna Ezekiel Ansah Kyle Van Noy Spencer Hadley Uani Unga

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