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Preseason viewers guide: Will Kyle Van Noy sack Johnny Manziel?

Published: Thursday, Aug. 7 2014 3:43 p.m. MDT

Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah had an unforgettable pro debut during his first NFL preseason game last season.

On the fourth play from scrimmage, Ansah intercepted New York Jets Mark Sanchez and returned the pick 14 yards for a touchdown.

Even while dealing with injuries, Ansah finished his rookie campaign with eight sacks and 32 tackles.

Could another former Cougar, linebacker Kyle Van Noy, make an indelible impression in his first NFL action this weekend?

Van Noy, a second-round pick by the Lions, will have the chance to when Detroit faces the Cleveland Browns, and the much-hyped rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, on Saturday. The game, set for a 5:30 p.m. MST start, will be broadcast nationally on NFL Network.

Earlier this week, the Browns announced Brian Hoyer will start against the Lions over Manziel. Van Noy is listed as the backup at outside linebacker on Detroit's most recent depth chart. Chances are, Van Noy and Manziel will be on the field at the same time for a portion of Saturday's game.

Van Noy is expected to be a versatile piece in the Lions' defense this season.

“He shows us the pass rushing when he’s got an opportunity to do it. He’s very smart, understands in terms of the run fits and getting in the pass coverage," Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin told reporters on Tuesday. "Again, it’s just going to be live game reps and seeing how far we can bring him.”

Starters don't play much in Week 1 of the preseason, so it will give many of the 68 players with Utah ties on NFL active rosters, including 21 rookies, the chance to make their case to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

Here's a game-by-game look at the NFL preseason and which local ties to watch for this weekend (rookies are noted):

Email: bjudd@deseretnews.com; Twitter: @brandonljudd

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VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Interesting:

Dolphins/Falcons Four Utes, three Aggies
Raiders/Vikings Five Utes, two Aggies
Bengals/Chiefs Three Utes
Redskins/Pats Three Utes
49ers/Ravens Two Utes/Two Aggies
Colts/Jets Three Utes/one Aggie
Seahawks/Broncos Two Aggies/one Thunderbird
Cowboys/Chrgers Two Utes/one Aggie/one Thunderbird
Bills/Panthers Two Utes

Games with nice representation from the Utah schools!!

Boy of Fall
Spanish Fork, UT

@VegasUte You forgot to mention the 11 players from BYU as well :)

Highlight
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

VegasUte

How convienent that you "forgot" to mention BYU players in the NFL. No one's fooled.

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