Daniel Sorensen makes Chiefs 53-man roster, brother Brad Sorensen among 18 locals cut this weekend
Brothers Daniel Sorensen and Brad Sorensen had differing experiences as NFL teams cut their active rosters to the league-mandated 53 players this weekend.
For the younger Daniel Sorensen, who played safety at BYU, he made the opening-day roster for the Kansas City Chiefs. The elder Brad Sorensen, a quarterback, was waived by the San Diego Chargers in his second pro season out of Southern Utah.
Daniel Sorensen started all of the Chiefs' preseason games, as starting strong safety Eric Berry dealt with injuries. This week, he had five tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass deflection in the team's preseason finale.
Sorensen was one of two players with Utah ties that went undrafted this season but made a 53-man NFL roster. The other was defensive lineman Tenny Palepoi, who stuck on with the Chargers.
Palepoi, a Skyline High product who played in college at both Snow and Utah, impressed during training camp and in the preseason. During the team's preseason finale this week, he started and had three tackles and a fumble recovery.
Brad Sorensen, meanwhile, completed 22 of 39 passes for 159 yards and two interceptions during the Chargers' four exhibition games. He was also sacked five times. There is the possibility Sorensen could be a candidate for the practice squad, which the NFL recently approved to increase from eight to 10 players.
The Chargers also waived former Utah defensive end Joe Kruger, a Pleasant Grove High product. Kruger, like Sorensen a second-year pro, was claimed off waivers by San Diego earlier in the week after being cut by the Eagles last Saturday. He had four tackles in his lone preseason game with the Chargers.
All totaled, 18 players with Utah ties were cut over the weekend, leaving 35 locals on 53-man NFL rosters and another — the Colts' Stanley Havili — on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.
Eight local rookies made opening-day rosters. In addition to Sorensen and Palepoi, they include OLB Trevor Reilly (Jets), OL Xavier Su'a-Filo (Texans), CB Nevin Lawson (Lions), LB Kyle Van Noy (Lions), S Maurice Alexander (Rams) and CB Keith McGill (Raiders).
Other locals that were cut this weekend included:
Spencer Hadley, LB, BYU
Hadley was waived by the Raiders Saturday. He joined Oakland partway into training camp, signing with the team on Aug. 6, and had three tackles in the Raiders' preseason win Thursday against Seattle.
Bojay Filimoeatu, LB, Utah State (Granger HS)
Filimoeatu was waived by Oakland Saturday. He signed with the team after going undrafted in this year's NFL draft and had 10 tackles in preseason action.
Jake Murphy, TE, Utah (American Fork HS)
The former Utah tight end was waived by the Raiders Saturday. The rookie Murphy, who had two catches for eight yards and a touchdown in preseason play, turned to Twitter to thank the organization: "Thank you @RAIDERS for the opportunity. Great time learning from coaches and other players."
Karl Williams, FB, Utah (Southern Utah and Layton HS)
Williams, who signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie free agent, was waived by Oakland Saturday. He played sparingly in the preseason, registering a special teams tackle.
Eathyn Manumaleuna, DL, BYU (Timpview HS)
Manumaleuna, a rookie undrafted free-agent signee, was waived by New England Saturday. He joined the Patriots after being waived by the New York Giants in July.
L.T. Tuipulotu, DL, Utah
Tuipulotu, like Manumaleuna, joined the Patriots as an undrafted rookie free agent, but he was also cut by New England Saturday. In the Patriots' preseason finale, he started and had two tackles.
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