Bronson Kaufusi

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Bronson Kaufusi
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Kaufusi with the BYU Cougars in 2015
No. 45 – New York Jets
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1991-07-06) July 6, 1991 (age 29)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:Timpview (Provo, Utah)
College:BYU
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70
Career history
Roster status:Practice squad
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2019
Total tackles:8
Sacks:0.5
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Bronson Kaufusi (born July 6, 1991) is an American football tight end for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at BYU.

Early years[edit]

Kaufusi attended Timpview High School in Provo, Utah. He had 70 tackles and 9.5 sacks as junior and 19 tackles and two sacks his senior year before suffering an injury. Kaufusi was rated by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit and was ranked committed to the Brigham Young University (BYU) to play college football.[1]

College career[edit]

After spending two years on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Auckland, New Zealand, Kaufusi played for the first time at BYU in 2012. He played in all 13 games and had 23 tackles and 4.5 sacks.[2] After the season, he played in 20 games for BYU's basketball team.[3][4] As a sophomore in 2013, he had 41 tackles, four sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown. After spending his first two years as a defensive lineman, Kaufusi moved to linebacker his junior year.[5][6] He finished the season 48 tackles and seven sacks.[7] He moved back to defensive end his senior year and recorded 64 tackles and 11 sacks.[8]

Professional career[edit]

On January 8, 2016, Bronson announced that he had received and accepted an invitation to the 2016 Senior Bowl. On January 30, 2016, he attended the Reese's Senior Bowl and was a part of the South's defensive line that dominated and led them to a 27-16 victory.[9] He attended the NFL Combine and completed all of the required combine drills. Kaufusi performed well and finished 17th among defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash, fifth in the three-cone drill, tied Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun for fourth in the short shuttle, and finished 20th among defensive linemen in the bench press.[10] On March 25, 2016, Kaufusi participated at BYU's pro day, along with Mitch Mathews, Ryker Mathews, Manoa Pikula, Graham Rowley, and six other prospects.[11] Team representatives and scouts from 18 NFL teams attended to scout Kaufusi, who was the main attraction, as he opted to only run positional and stand on his combine numbers.[12] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Kaufusi was projected as a second or third round prospect by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the ninth best defensive end prospect by NFLDraftScout.com and the tenth best by NFL analyst Mike Mayock.[13][14]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 6 12 in
(1.99 m)
285 lb
(129 kg)
34 12 in
(0.88 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.87 s 1.69 s 2.84 s 4.25 s 7.03 s 30 in
(0.76 m)
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine,[15]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

The Baltimore Ravens selected Kaufusi in the third round (70th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[16] He was the only BYU player drafted in 2016 and the second of three edge rushers selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Ravens drafted Boise State's Kamalei Correa in the second round (42nd overall) and Grand Valley State's Matt Judon in the fifth round (146th overall).

2016[edit]

On June 14, 2016, the Baltimore Ravens signed Kaufusi to a four-year, $3.45 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $845,016.[17]

He competed with Lawrence Guy, Kapron Lewis-Moore and Mario Ojemudia throughout training camp for the backup defensive end position.[18] On August 30, 2016, he was placed on injured/reserve after breaking his ankle in training camp.[19][20] He missed the entire 2016 season.

2017[edit]

Kaufusi competed with Brandon Williams, Carl Davis, Willie Henry throughout training camp for the vacant starting defensive end position left by the departure of Timmy Jernigan via trade.[21] Head coach John Harbaugh named Kaufusi the backup left defensive end to Brent Urban to begin the regular season.[22]

2018[edit]

On September 1, 2018, Kaufusi was waived by the Ravens.[23]

New York Jets[edit]

On September 3, 2018, Kaufusi was signed to the New York Jets' practice squad.[24] He was promoted to the active roster on October 1, 2018.[25] He was waived on October 5, 2018 and was re-signed back to the practice squad.[26][27] He was promoted back to the active roster on December 8, 2018.[28]

On October 4, 2019, Kaufusi was released by the Jets and re-signed to the practice squad.[29] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets on December 30, 2019.[30]

On September 5, 2020, Kaufusi was released by the Jets and signed to the practice squad the next day.[31][32]

Career statistics[edit]

Career statistics Tackles Sacks Interceptions Other
Season Team Games Solo Ast Total Sack YdsL Int Yds IntTD DefTD FFum FRec PD Safety
2017 BAL 3 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 3 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Personal life[edit]

His father, Steve Kaufusi, was the defensive line coach for BYU and his brother, Corbin Kaufusi, is a defensive lineman also for the New York Jets.[33][34] His wife, Hilary, also attended BYU and played on their soccer team. His mother, Michelle Kaufusi, is the current Mayor of Provo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yahoo Sports – Sports News, Scores, Fantasy Games".
  2. ^ Call, Jeff (April 30, 2013). "BYU's Bronson Kaufusi caps impressive, busy freshman season".
  3. ^ "BYU football standout Bronson Kaufusi turns attention to Cougar basketball - KSL.com".
  4. ^ Call, Jeff (December 27, 2012). "BYU's Bronson Kaufusi going from football to basketball (+video)".
  5. ^ Gurney, Brandon (March 10, 2014). "BYU football: Bronson Kaufusi excited about switching from defensive end to outside linebacker".
  6. ^ Herald, Jared Lloyd – Daily. "BYU football: "Skinny Bronson" Kaufusi looking natural at linebacker".
  7. ^ Call, Jeff (March 7, 2015). "Is BYU's Bronson Kaufusi a linebacker, a D-lineman, or both?".
  8. ^ Tribune, Jay Drew The Salt Lake. "BYU football: Bronson Kaufusi all smiles about return to defensive end (with video)".
  9. ^ Nate Cunningham (January 8, 2016). "Bronson Kaufusi accepts invitation to Senior Bowl". universe.BYU.edu. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  10. ^ Kenny Cox (February 28, 2016). "Kaufusi turning heads at NFL Combine". cougarclub.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  11. ^ Kevin Schaefer (April 28, 2017). "4 reasons BYU fans should follow the 2016 NFL Draft". vanquishthefoe.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  12. ^ Gil Brandt (March 28, 2017). "BYU's Hail Mary hero could be 2016 draft selection". NFL.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "Bronson Kaufusi, DS #9 DE, BYU". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  14. ^ Mike Mayock (April 25, 2016). "Mayock's top 100 draft prospect rankings". NFL.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  15. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Bronson Kaufusi". National Football League.
  16. ^ Mink, Ryan (April 29, 2016). "Round 3: Ravens Draft DE Bronson Kaufusi At No. 70". BaltimoreRavens.com. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  17. ^ "Spotrac.com: Bronson Kaufusi contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  18. ^ "Ourlads.com: Baltimore Ravens' depth chart: 08/01/2016". Ourlads.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  19. ^ Downing, Garrett (August 4, 2016). "Rookie Bronson Kaufusi Breaks Ankle, Done For Season". BaltimoreRavens.com. Archived from the original on January 19, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  20. ^ Mink, Ryan (August 30, 2016). "Ravens Make Final Four Roster Moves To Get To 75". BaltimoreRavens.com. Archived from the original on October 13, 2017.
  21. ^ "Ourlads.Com: Baltimore Ravens' depth chart: 07/01/2017". ourlads.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  22. ^ Evan Mazza (September 6, 2017). "Baltimore Ravens release Week 1 depth chart". Baltimorebeatdown.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  23. ^ Mink, Ryan (September 1, 2018). "Ravens Make Final Cuts to 53 Players". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  24. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (September 3, 2018). "Jets Fill Out 10-Man Practice Squad With Six Players". NewYorkJets.com.
  25. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (October 1, 2018). "Jets Place OLB Josh Martin on Injured Reserve". NewYorkJets.com.
  26. ^ Allen, Eric (October 5, 2018). "Jets Claim LB Tarell Basham". NewYorkJets.com.
  27. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (October 8, 2018). "Jets Sign DL Bronson Kaufusi to Practice Squad". NewYorkJets.com.
  28. ^ "Jets Promote DL Bronson Kaufusi to Active Roster". NewYorkJets.com. December 8, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  29. ^ Allen, Eric (October 4, 2019). "Jets Claim OL Conor McDermott, Waive DL Bronson Kaufusi". NewYorkJets.com.
  30. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (December 30, 2019). "Jets Sign 9 to Reserve/Future Contracts". NewYorkJets.com.
  31. ^ Lange, Randy (September 5, 2020). "Jets Move 27 to Get Their Roster to 53-Player Limit". NewYorkJets.com.
  32. ^ Lange, Randy (September 6, 2020). "15 Signed to Practice Squad; All Were in Jets Training Camp". NewYorkJets.com.
  33. ^ Call, Jeff (August 25, 2015). "Kaufusis keeping it all in the BYU sports family — and cherishing their time together". Deseret News.
  34. ^ Drew, Jay. "BYU football: Kaufusi enjoyed coaching one son, watching the other". The Salt Lake Tribune.

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