CASPER, 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 or recently part of active rosters are listed.

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills (UW)

The preseason NFL MVP betting favorite lived up to high expectations as Allen was the star of the show in the game that officially kicked off the 2022 NFL regular season, a 31-10 blowout Buffalo from the defending champion of the Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl on Thursday at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

Allen went 26 for 31 passes for 297 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, adding 56 yards and a rushing touchdown for good measure as the former Cowboy frequently tore the Rams secondary to shreds. Wideouts Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis and Isaiah McKenzie were the recipients of his touchdown throws as Allen was an influential piece behind the Bills’ unanswered 21 points in the second half.

The 26-year-old gunslinger’s 112 rating was the sixth-highest in Week 1 among quarterbacks who attempted at least 20 passes. His rushing total was also the third most among quarterbacks last week, only behind Marcus Mariota of the Atlanta Falcons (72) and Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles (90).

The Bills have a long break before their next game against the Tennessee Titans at 5:15 p.m. Monday in Buffalo. The match will be nationally televised on ESPN.

Logan Wilson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals (UW/Natrona County High School)

The Bengals suffered a maddening 23-20 overtime loss on Sunday to AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers, but Wilson shrugged off the rust of shoulder surgery in the offseason. to find themselves tied for the team lead with eight total tackles for defending champions AFC.

Cincinnati’s top tackle last season despite missing four games due to a shoulder injury, the now 26-year-old Wilson played all defensive snaps in Week 1 as the Casper native and former Cowboy is expected to be one of the leaders of a strong Bengals defense. . Wilson also had a Pro Football Focus rating of 86.7 out of 100 against Pittsburgh, ranking second on the team only to defensive tackle DJ Reader.

Wilson and the Bengals will look to bounce back against the Dallas Cowboys — who will be missing quarterback Dak Prescott with a thumb injury — at 2:25 p.m. Sunday.

Chad Muma, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (UW)

Despite playing with the first-team defense on points this preseason, Muma, a third-round pick from Jacksonville in the NFL Draft this summer, played just eight snaps on defense during the Jaguars’ 28-22 loss to the Washington Commanders on Sunday. Muma assisted on a tackle in his NFL regular season debut.

Muma is currently second on Jacksonville’s depth chart as a right inside linebacker behind Foyesade Oluokun, who played 100% of the Jaguars’ defensive snaps against the Commanders.

Muma hopes to see more first-team action in Jacksonville’s next game against the Indianapolis Colts at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Marcus Epps, S, Philadelphia Eagles (UW)

Named a starter with a solid safety heading into the regular season, Epps proved his coaches right in their decision by scoring a team-record 10 combined tackles in Philly’s 38-35 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. It was the second time the undrafted 26-year-old had tallied double-digit tackles in a single game in his career.

Epps played every defensive snap and scored a tackle for the loss in the process as Eagles high school Lions quarterback Jared Goff was limited to 215 passing yards. He also caught a down block for teammate James Bradberry’s interception return for a touchdown midway through the second quarter.

Philly will look to turn the win into a Week 2 streak against the Minnesota Vikings and superstar receiver Justin Jefferson (who had 184 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches) at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The match will be nationally televised on ESPN.

Chase Roullier, C, Washington Commanders (UW)

Roullier made his first regular season appearance since fracturing his fibula in Week 8 of last season while playing all of Washington’s offensive snaps in the Commanders’ 28-22 win over the Jaguars.

The former sixth-round pick did well to protect new quarterback Carson Wentz, who played a great game under center throwing for 313 yards and four touchdowns while only being sacked once. Washington rushed for 85 yards that day, also aided by Roullier up front, with tailback Antonio Gibson getting the bulk of the production with 58 rushing yards.

Washington travels to Detroit to face the Lions at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Tashaun Gipson, S, San Francisco 49ers (UW)

It’s been a crazy few weeks for the former Pro Bowler as Gipson in the past month has been signed by the 49ers, released as part of the final roster cuts, re-signed to the practice squad of the team, then elevated to the active roster for San Francisco’s season opener against the Chicago Bears — his team last season — on Sunday.

The 32-year-old played on all but one of the Niners’ defensive snaps at a clogged Soldier Field in Chicago, collecting three total tackles and helping hold Bears quarterback Justin Fields to 8 for 17 while passing for 121 yards , but San Francisco couldn’t escape Windy City with a win as Chicago emerged victorious 19-10.

With the Niners playing time, the Texan officially qualified for his fifth NFL team of his career with the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Jaguars and Bears. San Francisco will face an NFC West foe, the Seattle Seahawks, at 2:05 p.m. Sunday.

Andrew Wingard, S, Jacksonville Jaguars (UW)

Wingard, one of the Jaguars’ top defense producers last season when he had 88 total tackles, perhaps surprisingly, didn’t see the field at all on defense in Jacksonville’s loss to Washington last weekend. He did, however, pick up a tackle on special teams.

The undrafted solid safety is currently listed as the backup to his position on the Jaguars depth chart behind veteran Rayshawn Jenkins, who was conversely on the field for all of Jacksonville’s defensive snaps.

Wingard hopes to see more first-team action in Jacksonville’s next game against the Colts at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Carl Granderson, DT, New Orleans Saints (UW)

Granderson, who signed a two-year contract extension with New Orleans in the offseason, had two combination tackles on his 2022 debut for the team in the Saints’ narrow 27-26 win over the Falcons. sunday.

The undrafted lineman D played 30 defensive snaps (40% of New Orleans’ total snaps) as he improved on a streak dating back to last season of 13 straight games played with a tackle.

The Saints will face the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Taven Bryan, DT, Cleveland Browns (Natrona County High School)

The former Mustangs legend and first-round pick made his regular-season debut well for his new team, playing 83% of defensive snaps and registering a tackle in Cleveland’s 26-24 win over Carolina on Sunday.

Bryan, who spent four years with the Jaguars after a decorated college career in Florida, played more than 80% of the defensive snaps for the first time in his NFL career as the Casper native appears to be part and parcel of a solid Browns defensive line.

Cleveland will face the New York Jets for its next game at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Mike Purcell, TD, Denver Broncos (UW)

Purcell played 25 defensive snaps and eight special teams snaps, recording an assisted tackle in the process, in Denver’s 17-16 loss to Seattle on Monday night.

Undrafted out of the UW in 2013, the Colorado native is now in his fourth season with the Broncos after being released as part of the final roster cuts last month, but quickly resigned from the active roster.

The Broncos will attempt to regroup in time for their Week 2 game against the Houston Texans at 2:25 p.m. Sunday.

Jacob Bobenmoyer, LS, Denver Broncos (Cheyenne East High School)

Once again Denver’s long snapper, Bobenmoyer delivered balls to new punter Corliss Waitman and veteran kicker Brandon McManus in the Broncos’ Monday night loss to the Seahawks. The Cheyenne native did his job as Waitman kicked off a punt and McManus connected on three of four field goals.

The former Thunderbird had perhaps the most important job on the field (aside from the kicker) when Denver attempted what likely would have been a game-winning field goal from 64 yards with 20 seconds left. Bobenmoyer’s snap was clean, but McManus’ kick — which would have been tied for second-longest in NFL history had it been converted — went left.

The Broncos will try to regroup in time for their Week 2 game against the Texans at 2:25 p.m. Sunday.

BASEBALL

Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets (Cheyenne East High School)

The current Thunderbird and Wyoming former professional baseball player is just eight games away from setting a new single-season record in games played in what has been an injury-plagued career.

This season, Nimmo has been healthy and a very productive starter for the Mets, one of baseball’s best teams at 89-53, a mark that currently leads the National League East Division and is third-best in all. the MLB.

Nimmo also won his first game to three RBIs since July 31 on Sunday, going 2 of 4 with a brace and a home run – his 14th of the season – as the 29-year-old also set a new personal best in one. single season. for RBI with 53, beating his previous best of 47 set in 2018. He is currently batting .265 on the year, a mark almost identical to his career average of .266.

On Tuesday morning, New York holds a 1.5-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in eastern Newfoundland with a magic number – or the least number of games possible – of eight games to clinch a playoff berth. National League playoffs. The Mets continue a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday and Wednesday, play a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday through Sunday, then travel to Milwaukee to face the Brewers in a series of three games from Monday. .

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