PRO CAREER – Versatile experienced defensive lineman enters his second season with the Saints. Before suffering a season-ending ankle injury played in eight games with five starts and posted 18 tackles (14 solo), four sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble. He has appeared in 69 games with 29 starts over his five-year NFL career, recording 92 tackles (65 solo), 11 sacks, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one special teams tackle and one blocked field goal
PRO CAREER – Versatile experienced defensive lineman enters his second season with the Saints. Before suffering a season-ending ankle injury played in eight games with five starts and posted 18 tackles (14 solo), four sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble. He has appeared in 69 games with 29 starts over his five-year NFL career, recording 92 tackles (65 solo), 11 sacks, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one special teams tackle and one blocked field goal.
TRANSACTIONS – Placed by Saints on Injured Reserve, 12/2/21; Agreed to terms on a two-year contract with New Orleans Saints (UFA-KC), 3/29/21; Signed to a four-year contract by Kansas City, 6/7/17; Selected in the second round (59th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft by Kansas City Chiefs.
2021 – Appeared in eight games with five starts at right defensive end in his first season in New Orleans. Recorded 18 tackles (14 solo), tied a career-high with four sacks and added two passes defensed and one forced fumble…In Saints debut vs. Green Bay, Sept. 12, finished with two solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble…Sacked Mac Jones for a 14-yard loss and added two solo tackles at New England, Sept. 26 in first start as a Saint…Started in 13-10 Monday Night Football win at Seattle, Oct. 25, sacking Geno Smith for a 11-yard loss and adding three tackles. 2020 – Appeared in all 16 regular season games with 15 starts and opened all three postseason contests for Kansas City, recording 28 tackles (20 solo), a sack and three passes defensed while starting all three playoff games with five tackles (one solo), a sack and a pass defense in run to Super Bowl LV…Tallied four tackles and one pass breakup in overtime win at L.A. Chargers, Sept. 20…Recorded first sack of 2020 at Denver, Oct. 25…Posted a season-high five tackles (four solo) vs. Carolina, Nov. 8…Sacked Josh Allen for an 18-yard loss in the AFC Championship vs. Buffalo, 1/24/21. 2019 – Appeared in all 16 regular season games with eight starts and started all three postseason contests for Super Bowl LIV champions, posting career-highs in tackles (29 with 20 solo) and sacks (four) while adding two passes defensed, his first career forced fumble and fumble recovery and blocking a field goal…Recorded first sack of 2019 and added two solo tackles and first career forced fumble at Oakland, Sept. 15…Tied career-high with two sacks of Aaron Rodgers for a 30-yard loss vs Green Bay, Oct. 27…Tied season-high with five tackles (three solo) and a sack of Derek Carr vs. Oakland, Dec. 1…Blocked a field goal attempt at New England, Dec. 8…Tallied a postseason-best with two sacks of Ryan Tannehill in the AFC Championship vs. Tennessee, 1/19/20...Recorded two tackles (one solo) in Super Bowl LIV vs. San Francisco, 2/2/20. 2018 – Appeared in 13 games, finishing with four tackles (three solo)… Recorded two tackles (one solo) at L.A. Chargers, Sept. 9...Played on defense and special teams in the AFC Divisional Playoff vs. Indianapolis, 1/12/19…Inactive for AFC Championship vs. New England, 1/20/19. 2017 – Appeared in all 16 regular season games with one start, posting 13 tackles (seven solo), two sacks for a 17-yard loss and one special teams stop…Made first career NFL start in regular season finale at Denver, Dec. 31, where he turned in career-bests with seven tackles (four solo) and first two career sacks…Played on defense and special teams in AFC Wild Card game vs. Tennessee, 1/6/18.
COLLEGE – The Villanova standout appeared in 41 career games in four seasons with the Wildcats…Totaled 105 tackles (65 solo), 22 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and a 29-yard interception return…Garnered first-team AP FCS All-American in 2016, ranking sixth in FCS with 21.5 tackles for loss and tying for fifth nationally with 11 sacks…Turned in first-team All-CAA in 2015 with 9.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks...Played as reserve in 2013 with 15 tackles and a sack…Missed eight games (knee) in sophomore campaign where he tallied 12 tackles, five for loss and 3.5 sacks in six games…Redshirted in 2012…Graduated with bachelor's degrees in accounting and finance as double major.
PERSONAL – Attended Wissahickon (Ambler, Pa.) HS, lettering in football, track and basketball, receiving first-team All-League honors in football and basketball and was a 4.0 student…Mother Winifred Wafuoyo, a Uganda native, is a chemist in the Philadelphia area, holding her doctorate…Father, Patrice Kpassagnon Tagro, is an economist, holding his doctorate, who lives in the Ivory Coast…Spent two summers interning with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia, working in accounting and finance the first summer and tax accounting the second…Taking online graduate classes from Indiana University…Born in Kalamazoo, Mich. on June 14, 1994…Name pronounced: Tawn-oh pass-N-yo.