CHEYENNE, Wyo.– The Wyoming Pro Sports Report is a weekly feature from Cap City News recapping everything that current Wyoming-connected pro athletes have accomplished this week on fields, courts and fields.
Below is a rundown of everyone who represented the Cowboy State at the highest levels of their respective sports last week.
NOTE: The following players went to the University of Wyoming at some point in their college career, played high school sports in the state, or both. For the NFL, only players currently on active rosters are listed.
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills (UW)
It didn’t take long for Allen to get the Bills’ offense back into gear in his preseason debut on Saturday against the Denver Broncos.
The NFL MVP candidate only played one series, but he capped off a six-game, 70-yard drive by throwing a 28-yard touchdown to wide receiver Gabriel Davis. Allen’s day ended from there, finishing with a 3-on-3 pass for 45 yards and the score in Buffalo’s 42-15 rout of Denver.
Veterans Case Keenum and Matt Barkley are still battling for the right to be Allen’s backup, although Keenum got most of the work under center against the Broncos and had a solid 16-for-18 passing day with 192 yards and a touchdown. Barkley, by comparison, went 7-for-8 passing for 65 yards and no touchdowns.
The Bills wrap up their preseason schedule with an away game against the Carolina Panthers at 5 p.m. Friday.
Logan Wilson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals (UW/Natrona County High School)
The former Mustangs and Cowboys star is still waiting to make his 2022 debut as he continues his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery following Cincinnati’s 25-22 loss to the New York Giants sunday. Wilson should be cleared to play in time for Cincinnati’s final preseason game on Saturday — a Super Bowl rematch against the Los Angeles Rams — according to information from CBS Sports.
However, the recovery process hasn’t stopped Wilson from having a little fun with the time off.
Wilson, who was an all-state punter during his high school days at Casper, threw a field goal to close out a Bengals practice on Thursday and shorten Friday’s practice (as captured below by Jay Morrison of The Athletic), much to the delight of his teammates. .
Perhaps Cincinnati has now found its emergency replacement kicker if stud sophomore Evan McPherson goes down due to injury.
Chad Muma, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (UW)
Muma, a third-round pick from Jacksonville in this year’s NFL Draft, recorded four total tackles as the Jaguars lost 16-15 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Colorado native impressed with his limited time on the court, nearly hitting a diving interception on Jacksonville’s first defensive streak before officials ruled Muma was out of bounds.
Jacksonville wraps up its preseason with a game against the Atlanta Falcons at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Marcus Epps, S, Philadelphia Eagles (UW)
Epps is likely poised for a starting role in the Eagles’ secondary after the offseason departure of former starter safety Rodney McLeod, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
The former Poke didn’t record any stats in Philly’s 21-20 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Rico Gafford, BC/KR, Green Bay Packers (UW)
Considering the Packers won’t be playing veteran starters in their preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, that likely means Gafford — who is very much on the bubble to make final cuts in the roster — will have one last extended chance to show what he can do on the pitch.
A former UW cornerback who spent his professional career as a receiver, Gafford returned a kickoff for 18 yards and had a tackle in Green Bay’s 20-10 win over the New Saints. -Orleans Friday.
Chase Roullier, C, Washington Commanders (UW)
Rouiller returned to the field on Saturday for the first time since a fractured fibula ended his 2021 season prematurely, seeing some time on the offensive line in the Commanders’ 24-14 loss to the Chiefs.
Looking increasingly set to play in Washington’s regular season opener against Jacksonville on Sept. 11, Roullier could see some extra action in the Commanders’ preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens at 17. a.m. Saturday.
Tashaun Gipson, S, San Francisco 49ers (UW)
The former Pro Bowler, who spent last season with the Chicago Bears, signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Monday as a sort of insurance policy for starting safety Jimmie Ward, who is at risk of missing out. San Francisco’s regular season opener. against the Bears due to a hamstring injury.
Gipson, who turned 32 earlier this month, will be on his fifth pro team after previous stints with the Browns, Jaguars, Bears and Houston Texans. The upcoming season will be Gipson’s 11th in the NFL if he sees regular season action.
Andrew Wingard, S, Jacksonville Jaguars (UW)
Wingard recorded no stats in Jacksonville’s loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The former Cowboy should be a safe bet for the Jaguars’ final 53-man roster after a solid 88 tackles season in his third year as a pro in 2021.
Carl Granderson, DT, New Orleans Saints (UW)
Granderson had a tackle in New Orleans’ loss to Green Bay on Friday.
The undrafted former free agent signed a two-year contract extension with New Orleans, the only franchise he played professionally for, this past offseason.
Taven Bryan, DT, Cleveland Browns (Natrona County High School)
Bryan recorded no stats in Cleveland’s loss to Philadelphia on Sunday.
A former first-round pick who signed with the Browns after four seasons with the Jaguars, Bryan, now 26, has seen first-team reps with his new franchise and could be looking for a starting role. approaching the regular season.
Mike Purcell, TD, Denver Broncos (UW)
Purcell recorded no stats in Denver’s loss to Buffalo on Saturday.
Now 31, Purcell’s status as a continuing member of the Broncos’ roster is up in the air as the final cuts loom, with the Colorado native joining the team in 2019 after a stint with the now-defunct Alliance. of American Football.
Jacob Hollister, TE, Las Vegas Raiders (UW)
Hollister recorded no stats in Vegas’ 15-13 win over the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.
Stuck behind at least Darren Waller and Foster Moreau in the tight final position on the Raiders’ depth chart, the 28-year-old Hollister could see more work as a special teams piece this season.
Tyler Hall, BC, Los Angeles Rams (UW)
Hall recorded two total tackles for the Rams in their 24-20 loss to the Texans on Friday.
The defending Super Bowl champions will face Cincinnati in a rematch of the title game at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Tanner Gentry, WR, Buffalo Bills (UW)
Gentry recorded no stats in Buffalo’s win over Denver on Saturday.
Josh Allen’s favorite college target, Gentry has been with the Bills since 2020 after a brief stint with the XFL’s New York Guardians, who folded after the league suspended operations due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.
Jacob Bobenmoyer, LS, Denver Broncos (Cheyenne East High School)
Bobenmoyer is still the only long snapper listed on Denver’s depth chart, appearing to be the Broncos’ long-term option in the position even after the team held tryouts for several different long snappers earlier in the offseason. .
The former Thunderbird provided fly balls to Denver kicker Brandon McManus (who went 3-for-3 on field bases) and punter Corliss Waitman in the Broncos’ loss to the Bills on Saturday.
Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets (Cheyenne East High School)
Nimmo has recorded a hit in nine of his last 11 games for the Mets, who currently lead the National League East with a 79-46 overall record as they look set to make a playoff appearance later this year. .
Currently, the former Thunderbird (and Wyoming’s only current professional baseball player) bats at a .264 average for the year with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs. He’s also second on the team, behind second baseman Jeff McNeil, in doubles with 24.