As a new feature on Oil City News and Cap City News coverage, the Wyoming Pro Sports Report is a weekly summary of the performance of professional athletes with ties to the state of Wyoming.

Whether they are a former Poke player or a former prep player, as long as they have a connection to Cowboy State and are paid to play at the highest level, they will be mentioned here. This list will also expand to include all Wyoming athletes who qualify for next year’s Winter Olympics, as the US Olympic Trials are currently contested among many sports on different dates leading up to the Games.

Here is the list of results for the past few weeks for current Wyoming athletes in many professional sports:

* NOTE: Only players currently on an active NFL roster are listed.

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills (UW)

On a blustery night in Buffalo, much like many violent games he’s played in Laramie, Allen threw 10 times more than his calling counterpart, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones. Throwing 30 passes over the rookie’s three, Allen took Buffalo twice into the red zone in the fourth quarter with a 14-10 drop, but the Bills haven’t scored any points on each trip as they fell to 7 to 5 in total with the same score.

Allen finished with 145 passing yards and 39 rushing yards in six carries, throwing Buffalo’s lone touchdown to receiver Gabriel Davis in the first quarter. The former Poke isn’t quite in tune for the MVP-level numbers he set last season, but he’s poised to end up as one of the NFL’s top passer as the one of six quarterbacks currently with 25 or more assists.

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

One of the stars of the NFL’s No.4 defense this year, Casper-born Logan Wilson made three tackles against the Chargers before being eliminated in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. in the special teams in the Bengals’ loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday at home.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor said the team are awaiting news of the severity of the injury before deciding to put Wilson on the injured list, which would put the former Cowboys and Mustangs star on the sidelines for at least three weeks. Nonetheless, Taylor has confirmed that Wilson – Cincinnati’s best tackle this season – will have to miss the Bengals’ game against the 49ers this weekend as he recovers.

Marcus Epps, S, Philadelphia Eagles (UW)

Epps intercepted New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson in the fourth quarter of Philadelphia’s victory on Sunday, being in the right place at the right time on a knocked-over Wilson ball for Epps’ first choice of the season and third of his career.

Epps played 58% of the defensive snaps against the Jets, playing a major role in Philly keeping New York going to a scoreless second half. He currently has 32 solo tackles this season, three short of his career high set last year.

Andrew Wingard, S, Jacksonville Jaguars (UW)

Wingard finished with eight combined tackles, a season-high, but was part of an ill-fated Jacksonville defense that was torched 37-7 by the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

The 25-year-old is in his third season with the Jaguars and is currently fourth on the team in tackles with 67, a career-high. He is also one of five different Jacksonville players to have recorded an interception this season.

Tashaun Gipson, DB, Chicago Bears (UW)

The veteran finished with five total tackles for Chicago as he suffered his fifth loss in six games on Sunday with a 33-22 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Gipson has had to deal with a lingering hamstring injury this season that caused him to miss three games. The former Pro Bowler currently has 34 total tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery this year.

Taven Bryan, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars (Natrona County HS)

Bryan finished with two total tackles on 28 percent of the Jaguars’ snaps in their loss to the Rams on Sunday. In 11 games played in 2021-22, the Casper native recorded 13 total tackles with two sacks.

Carl Granderson, DE, New Orleans Saints (UW)

Granderson did not play this weekend because New Orleans had their day off. He has started three games for the Saints this season and has a career-high 17 tackles, including two sacks.

Mike Purcell, DT, Denver Broncos (UW)

Purcell was deemed to be in good health ahead of Denver’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. The sixth-year pro has started eight of his nine games this year for the Broncos with 19 total tackles this year.

Jacob Hollister, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (UW)

Even after starting tight end Dan Arnold was put on the injured list last Monday with a knee injury, Hollister still sits fourth on the Jaguars’ depth chart on one of the weakest infractions in the game. league. He hasn’t seen a shot on the pitch since week 6.

BASKETBALL

James Johnson, F, Brooklyn Nets (Cheyenne East HS)

The 34-year-old has played twice for the Nets in their three games since last Monday, scoring seven points in a win over the New York Knicks last Tuesday and 11 points in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves three days later. Johnson was Brooklyn’s best contributor off the bench in the Minnesota game, playing 25 minutes as a quality substitute in the front lunge and catching six rebounds to go with it.

The veteran is averaging 4.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14 games in his 13th season in the NBA.

Larry Nance, Jr., F, Portland Trail Blazers (UW)

Nance has come off the bench in every game this season and has continued the trend in all three of the Blazers’ games this week. He finished with a six-point line, three rebounds and two assists in an 18-point victory over the Detroit Pistons last Tuesday, but Portland was blasted in the next two games by the San Antonio Spurs and the Celtics in Boston.

Nance finished with four points, five rebounds and three steals against the Spurs and nine points, five rebounds and two steals against the Celtics. The outfielder is averaging 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per night on 54.4 percent shots from the field in his first season in Portland.

BASEBALL

Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets (Cheyenne East HS)

Nimmo suffered an injury-ridden 2021 season (playing just 92 games), but the Mets center fielder was productive when active, posting a career-highest batting average (.292 ) and finishing as the team leader in percentage on the basis. (.401). An expert in the job of pitchers for long batting, Nimmo begins a year on contract at the age of 28 with the potential to become one of baseball’s elite outfielder if in good health.

An extension could be considered for the former Thunderbird and American Legion Post 6 star, although any communication between him and the club will have to wait. The league and the players’ association have been on lockdown since the start of the month, suspending all contract negotiations until the dispute is resolved.


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