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)

Allen will no doubt be the star attraction of the official opener of the 2022 NFL season against the defending Super Bowl champions, the Los Angeles Rams, on Thursday night, which is a testament to the quality of the Californian and former Cowboy. this season.

The 26-year-old threw for over 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns for the second straight year in 2021, being a key part of Buffalo’s rushing offense on top of it all with a career-high 763 rushing yards, which was second on the team behind tailback Devin Singletary.

Caesars Sportsbook currently has Allen as the preseason favorite to win the NFL MVP award at +700 odds, ahead of other elite players in his position such as Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Tom Brady. His previous best result in voting came in 2020, when Allen finished second in the Associated Press MVP race behind Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.

The Rams and Bills kick off Thursday at 6:20 p.m. at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, with the game televised nationally on NBC.

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

One of Wyoming’s most successful NFL players in recent memory, Wilson was the lead tackle in a Bengals defense that helped the team make a remarkable run to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1988 when that she had only played 13 regular season games. while suffering from a shoulder injury.

The former Mustang and Cowboy underwent offseason surgery on the affected shoulder, limiting his workload for much of the break until Cincinnati brought him back to practice 11-on-11 last month. Despite officially having a “questionable” designation on the Bengals’ official depth chart, no setbacks in Wilson’s recovery have been reported as he appears set to play in Cincinnati’s regular season opener.

The Bengals will face an AFC North rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, at 11 a.m. Sunday.

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Chad Muma, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (UW)

The rookie pick in the third round of the NFL Draft has been a part of Jacksonville’s defense throughout the preseason, having no problem making the 53-man roster for a defensive unit that was among the worst in the NFL last season.

Muma, a Colorado native and former third-team AP All-American at Wyoming, is officially listed on Jacksonville’s depth chart as the No. 2 right inside linebacker behind high-profile free agent signing Foyesade. Oluokun, who led the NFL in tackles this past season as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Still, it’s likely that Muma will see plenty of playing time in a variety of linebacker roles throughout the year, especially if the Jaguars’ well-publicized struggles – having won just four games in two seasons – continue. .

Jacksonville visits the Washington Commanders to start its season at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Marcus Epps, S, Philadelphia Eagles (UW)

Epps had a career year in 2021, totaling 62 total tackles, and after a strong offseason in which he received many compliments from the Eagles coaching staff, he was officially named the starting lineup. team safely.

The 2022 season will be a defining year for Epps, who will go from mostly deep play to key high school play for the first time in his pro career. Philly’s pass defense allowed a 69.4 percent completion percentage a year ago, which was league-worst with the Jaguars.

The Eagles travel to Detroit to face the Lions at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Chase Roullier, C, Washington Commanders (UW)

As Washington’s starting center, Roullier will be directly responsible for protecting a new quarterback in the nation’s capital: Carson Wentz, who was traded from the Indianapolis Colts this offseason.

Roullier, who turned 29 last month, is expected to return to the pitch soon for the first time since suffering a broken tibia in Week 8 of last season, an injury that eventually ruled out the former Poke for the remainder of the 2021 season. The Minnesotan has had a solid pro career for himself since being picked by Washington in the sixth round of the 2017 draft, starting 61 of the 67 pro games he’s played.

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The Commanders will host the Jaguars to start their regular season at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Andrew Wingard, S, Jacksonville Jaguars (UW)

Like former college teammate Muma, Wingard will start the year as a second-string defensive player for Jacksonville, as the fourth-year player is currently listed as the Jaguars’ solid backup behind Rayshawn Jenkins.

A restricted free agent in the offseason, Wingard remained with the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2019 after three first-team All-Mountain West selections while at Laramie. Wingard started all 15 games for Jacksonville last season, posting a career-high 88 total tackles with one interception.

Wingard could be one of three former Cowboys (along with Muma and Roullier) to see the field in the Jacksonville-Washington game at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Carl Granderson, DT, New Orleans Saints (UW)

Granderson, who was not drafted out of the UW in 2019, signed a two-year contract extension with the Saints in the offseason and is currently listed as New Orleans’ right defensive end behind Marcus. Davenport.

The 25-year-old had 25 total tackles a year ago, the best year of his career, three of which were sacks.

The Saints open their regular season against NFC South rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 11 a.m. Sunday.

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

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A former first-round pick from Jacksonville in 2018, Bryan’s fifth-year option wasn’t picked up by the Jaguars until the 2021 season, leaving him free to sign with another team — which ultimately turned out to be the Browns – this offseason.

The former Mustang could be set for a breakout season with Cleveland after a promising preseason in which he worked his way to a starting spot on an elite Browns defensive line with the All ends. -Pro Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney. Still just 26 and with plenty of potential to unlock from his time playing college football in Florida, Bryan might have found himself in the right place at the right time.

Cleveland begins its regular season with a date with the Carolina Panthers (where it will face former quarterback Baker Mayfield) at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Mike Purcell, TD, Denver Broncos (UW)

Purcell technically didn’t make Denver’s original 53-player roster last Tuesday, but was promptly resigned by the team a day later as part of a “procedural” decision, GM George said. Paton, quoted by the team last week.

The 31-year-old nose tackle is listed as the second name at his position on the Broncos’ depth chart (behind signing incoming free agent DJ Jones) and is coming off a season in which he totaled 33 total tackles, his most in a year since 2019.

Denver opens its season against the Seattle Seahawks — where current quarterback Russell Wilson will face the team he won a Super Bowl with — at 6:15 p.m. Monday.

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

Another year, another season in which Bobenmoyer will be Denver’s long snapper tasked with delivering balls to the Broncos’ special teams. The former Thunderbird and Northern Colorado player officially retained his starting long snapper spot for a third straight year at the end of this preseason.

Bobenmoyer’s kicker will remain the same from 2021 – Brandon McManus – but Corliss Waitman has beaten outgoing punter Sam Martin for Denver’s starting punter, meaning Bobenmoyer will have to gel with another specialist in time to this coming season.

Soft, precise hands will be especially important for Bobenmoyer in Denver’s season opener at Seattle, with Lumen Field being one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL.

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BASEBALL

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

Wyoming’s only current MLB player is still a key starter on one of baseball’s top teams, with New York currently leading (as of Tuesday afternoon) in the National League East as it prepares for a probable post-season race.

However, that’s not why Nimmo made headlines last week.

Nimmo made one of the defensive plays of the year in MLB as he played center field for the Mets on Wednesday in a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, making a leaping hold at the wall outside to deny Dodgers Justin Turner a seventh-inning home run.

On top of that, the former Thunderbird is batting .266 on the year, most notably last week, notching both a double and a triple in the Mets’ 7-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday.