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Utes in the NFL: Week 2 Review, Week 3 Preview

Sep 22, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – It was a defensive highlight show in the second week of the NFL regular season for Utah as former standouts in the secondary put together impressive performances for their respective teams.

In his debut as a Pro Ute, Julian Blackmon was outstanding for the Indianapolis Colts as they took down the Minnesota Vikings, 28-11. The Layton, Utah, native finished the game with two tackles and two passes defended, including a key pass breakup that he tipped into his teammate's hands for an interception in the third quarter.

Jaylon Johnson had another strong game as the Chicago Bears edged the New York Giants 17-13 on Sunday, finishing the game with four tackles and two passes defended that included a two-yard stop on the goal line. He has five passes defended through two games, the second most by a rookie defender in their first two games since the league started tracking the stat in 1999.

Marcus Williams was business as usual for the New Orleans Saints, leading the team in tackles with nine. His nine stops is the second-highest tackle total of his professional career after notching 10 against Minnesota in the playoffs last year.

On offense in week two, there were also three former Utes that started for their respective teams, including two for the Denver Broncos. Both Garett Bolles and Tim Patrick started for the Broncos against Pittsburgh while Sam Tevi started at left tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers.

Bolles and Tevi are mainstays on their respective offensive lines as Bolles started in his 50th game with Denver. Tevi has seen action in 46 career games for the Chargers, starting in 32.  

NFL Regular Season Week 2 Recap

Player, Team Opponent Result Highlights
Bradlee Anae, Dallas vs. Atlanta W, 40-39 Sub on DL, ST
Cody Barton, Seattle vs. New England W, 35-30 1 tackle
Julian Blackmon, Indianapolis vs. Minnesota W, 28-11 2 tackles, 2 PD
Marquise Blair, Seattle vs. New England W, 35-30 2 tackles
Garett Bolles, Denver at Pittsburgh L, 26-21 Started at LT
Devontae Booker, Las Vegas vs. New Orleans W, 34-24 3 rush, -1 yds; 1 rec, 6 yds
Terrell Burgess, L.A. Rams at Philadelphia W, 37-19 1 tackle
Kylie Fitts, Arizona vs. Washington W, 30-15 Sub at LB, ST
Jaylon Johnson, Chicago vs. NY Giants W, 17-13 Started at CB; 4 tackles, 2 PD
Zack Moss, Buffalo at Miami W, 31-28 8 rush, 37 yds (4.6 ypc)
Tim Patrick, Denver at Pittsburgh L, 26-21 Started at WR; 2 rec, 24 yds
John Penisini, Detroit at Green Bay L, 42-21 Sub on DL
Eric Rowe, Miami vs. Buffalo L, 31-28 2 tackles, 1 PD
Sam Tevi, L.A. Chargers vs. Kansas City L, 23-20 (OT) Started at LT
Marcus Williams, New Orleans at Las Vegas L, 34-24 Started at FS; 9 tackles
Mitch Wishnowsky, San Francisco at NY Jets W, 31-13 4 punts, 199 yds (49.8 avg), 2 IN20, 59 LG


As the Utes enter week three, it will be a battle of the rookies as Zack Moss and the Buffalo Bills take on Terrell Burgess and the L.A. Rams on Sunday at 11 a.m. MT on FOX. The dynamic duo of Leki Fotu and John Penisini will also face off against each other when the Arizona Cardinals play the Detroit Lions on Sunday 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX.

How To Watch The Utes In NFL Week 3:

Date Game Time TV Utes to Watch
Thursday, Sept. 24 Miami at Jacksonville 6:20 p.m. MT NFL #21 Eric Rowe (Miami)
Sunday, Sept. 27 Chicago at Atlanta 11 a.m. MT FOX #33 Jaylon Johnson (Chicago
Sunday, Sept. 27 L.A. Rams at Buffalo 11 a.m. MT FOX #26 Terrell Burgess (L.A. Rams), #20 Zack Moss (Buffalo)
Sunday, Sept. 27 Washington at Cleveland 11 a.m. MT FOX #11 Alex Smith (Washington)
Sunday, Sept. 27 Las Vegas at New England 11 a.m. MT CBS #23 Devontae Booker (Las Vegas)
Sunday, Sept. 27 San Francisco at NY Giants 11 a.m. MT FOX #6 Mitch Wishnowsky (San Francisco), #72 Jackson Barton (NY Giants)
Sunday, Sept. 27 NY Jets at Indianapolis 2:05 p.m. MT CBS #32 Julian Blackmon (Indianapolis)
Sunday, Sept. 27 Carolina at L.A. Chargers 2:05 p.m. MT CBS #69 Sam Tevi (L.A. Chargers)
Sunday, Sept. 27 Tampa Bay at Denver 2:25 p.m. MT FOX #72 Garett Bolles (Denver), #81 Tim Patrick (Denver)
Sunday, Sept. 27 Detroit at Arizona 2:25 p.m. MT FOX #91 John Penisini (Detroit), #95 Leki Fotu (Arizona), #49 Kylie Fitts (Arizona)
Sunday, Sept. 27 Dallas at Seattle 2:25 p.m. MT FOX #56 Bradlee Anae (Dallas), #57 Cody Barton (Seattle)
Sunday, Sept. 27 Green Bay at New Orleans 6:20 p.m. MT NBC #43 Marcus Williams (New Orleans), #42 Chase Hansen (New Orleans)