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.
Anthony Denham, TE, Utah
The undrafted free-agent signee was waived by the Houston Texans Saturday. Denham's biggest preseason contribution was a blocked punt that led to a touchdown, and ESPN NFL Nation reporter Tania Ganguli said Houston would like to keep him for the practice squad.
Caleb Schlauderaff, G, Utah
The fourth-year pro was released by the New York Jets Saturday. He played in 12 games, starting one, in three seasons with the Jets.
Jake Doughty, LB, Utah State (Juan Diego HS)
Doughty was waived by the Packers Saturday. Rob Demovsky, a reporter for ESPN NFL Nation Packers, said there is a possibility he could join the Packers' practice squad. Doughty had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery during preseason play.
A.J. Pataiali’i, DT, Utah State (Snow College and Hunter HS)
The rookie undrafted free agent signee was waived by Baltimore Saturday. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported that, according to a source, the Ravens hope to keep Pataiali'i on their practice squad.
Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State
Marsh was released by the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday. The team press release said he showed improvement during training camp, but it did not carry over to the preseason. Marsh, heading into his fourth season in the NFL, has spent nearly his entire pro career with the Eagles, with a short stint in Cincinnati.
Tevita Finau, DT, Utah
The New York Jets confirmed via Twitter Saturday that Finau was released. Finau had been with the Jets since December 2012 and was on the team's practice squad last season.
Sam Brenner, OL, Utah
Brenner, a second-year pro who played in seven games for Miami last year and started four, was waived by the Dolpins Saturday. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported that Miami may want to keep him on the Dolphins' practice squad.
D.J. Tialavea, TE, Utah State (West Jordan HS)
Tialavea was among nine rookies waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday. The tight end had four receptions for 23 yards during preseason play, but Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union wrote, "He played with the starters during the first two preseason games, but his play then either leveled off and tailed off."
Pat McQuistan, OL, Weber State
The veteran offensive lineman was released by the Atlanta Falcons Friday. McQuistan, who hasn't played in a regular-season game since 2012, signed with the team on Aug. 19.
Tevita Stevens, OL, Utah
Stevens, a second-year pro who spent last season on Washington's practice squad, was waived by the Redskins Friday. He joined Washington as an undrafted rookie free agent in May 2013.
The 49ers placed fullback Will Tukuafa (East High) on injured reserve Saturday, ending his 2014 season.
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