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Zach Wilson’s Two-Touchdown Performance Leads Local NFL Players In Week 16

Dec 26, 2021, 9:32 PM | Updated: Dec 27, 2021, 9:15 pm
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Zach Wilson #2 of the New York Jets directs his team during the fourth quarter in the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium on December 26, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former BYU and current New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the local NFL players in Week 16.

Here is how all of the players with ties to the state of Utah fared during the 16th week of the season.

Former Utah Utes

Kylie Fitts – Defensive Tackle – Arizona Cardinals (10-5)

The former Utah defensive lineman was placed on Injured Reserve prior to Week 7 and will miss the rest of the 2021 season. Arizona suffered a 22-16 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Christmas Day.

Next Game: @ Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Leki Fotu – Defensive Tackle – Arizona Cardinals (10-5)

The former Utah defensive lineman had five total tackles and two solo tackles in Arizona’s 22-16 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Christmas Day.

Next Game: @ Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Tyler Huntley – Quarterback – Baltimore Ravens (8-7)

The former Utah quarterback is currently on Baltimore’s COVID-19/Reserve list and did not play in the Ravens’ 41-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Next Game: vs. Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Star Lotulelei – Defensive Tackle – Buffalo Bills (9-6)

The former Utah defensive lineman was inactive for Buffalo’s 33-21 win over the New England Patriots.

Next Game: vs. Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Zack Moss – Running Back – Buffalo Bills (9-6)

The former Utah running back had three carries for 12 yards and one catch for 13 yards in Buffalo’s 33-21 win over the New England Patriots.

Next Game: vs. Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Jaylon Johnson – Cornerback – Chicago Bears (5-10)

The former Utes defensive back is currently on Chicago’s COVID-19/Reserve list and did not play in the Bears’ 25-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Next Game: vs. New York Giants on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Francis Bernard – Linebacker – Dallas Cowboys (11-4)

The former Utah linebacker and the Cowboys beat the Washington Football Team, 56-14.

Next Game: vs. Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Garett Bolles – Offensive Tackle – Denver Broncos (7-8)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Broncos suffered a 17-13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Next Game: @ Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, January 2 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Tim Patrick – Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos (7-8)

The former Utah receiver had two catches for 18 yards in Denver’s 17-13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Next Game: @ Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, January 2 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

John Penisini – Defensive Tackle – Detroit Lions (2-12-1)

The former Utah defensive lineman had one tackle in Detroit’s 20-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Next Game: @ Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Julian Blackmon – Safety – Indianapolis Colts (9-6)

The former Utah safety suffered a season-ending injury during the practice before Week 7 and will miss the entire year for the Colts. Indianapolis beat the Arizona Cardinals on Christmas Day, 22-16.

Next Game: vs. Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Sam Tevi – Offensive Tackle – Indianapolis Colts (9-6)

The former Utah offensive lineman suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason and will miss the entire year for the Colts. Indianapolis beat the Arizona Cardinals on Christmas Day, 22-16.

Next Game: vs. Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Jackson Barton – Offensive Tackle – Las Vegas Raiders (8-7)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Raiders beat the Denver Broncos, 17-13.

Next Game: @ Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Terrell Burgess – Safety – Los Angeles Rams (11-4)

The former Utah defensive back and the Rams beat the Minnesota Vikings, 30-23.

Next Game: @ Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Matt Gay – Kicker – Los Angeles Rams (11-4)

The former Utah kicker was 3/3 on field goals and 3/3 on PATs in Los Angeles’ 30-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Next Game: @ Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Eric Rowe – Safety – Miami Dolphins (8-7)

The former Utah defensive back had one tackle in Miami’s 20-3 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday, December 27.

Next Game: @ Tennessee Titans on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Chase Hansen – Safety – New Orleans Saints (7-8)

The former Utah defensive back had one tackle in New Orleans’ 20-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Monday, December 27.

Next Game: vs. Carolina Panthers on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Marcus Williams – Safety – New Orleans Saints (7-8)

The former Utah defensive back had three total tackles and one solo tackle in New Orleans’ 20-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Monday, December 27.

Next Game: vs. Carolina Panthers on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Devontae Booker – Running Back – New York Giants (4-11)

The former Utes running back had six carries for 27 yards and four receptions for 19 yards in New York’s 34-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Next Game: @ Chicago Bears on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Javelin Guidry – Safety – New York Jets (4-11)

The former Utah defensive back had seven total tackles, five solo tackles, one pass breakup, and a quarterback hit in New York’s 26-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Next Game: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Mitch Wishnowsky – Punter – San Francisco 49ers (8-7)

The former Utah punter punted two times with an average of 35.0 yards per kick in San Francisco’s 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, December 23.

Next Game: vs. Houston Texans on Sunday, January 2 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Cody Barton – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks (5-10)

The former Utah linebacker had two total tackles and one solo tackle in Seattle’s 25-24 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Next Game: vs. Detroit Lions on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Marquise Blair – Safety – Seattle Seahawks (5-10)

The former Utah defensive back is currently on Seattle’s Reserve/Injured list. The Seahawks suffered a 25-24 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Next Game: vs. Detroit Lions on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Jared Norris – Linebacker – Washington Football Team (6-9)

The former Utah linebacker is currently on Washington’s Reserve/Injured list. The Washington Football Team lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 56-14.

Next Game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Nate Orchard – Defensive End – Washington Football Team (6-9)

The former Utah linebacker is currently on Washington’s COVID-19/Reserve list and did not play in Washington’s 56-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Next Game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • Bradlee Anae – Dallas Cowboys
  • Darrin Paulo – Detroit Lions

Former BYU Cougars

Andy Reid – Head Coach – Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)

The former BYU player and graduate assistant and the Chiefs beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-10.

Next Game: @ Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Ty’Son Williams – Running Back – Baltimore Ravens (8-7)

The former BYU running back and the Ravens suffered a 41-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Next Game: vs. Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Brady Christensen – Offensive Tackle – Carolina Panthers (5-10)

The former BYU offensive lineman and the Panthers suffered a 32-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Next Game: @ New Orleans Saints on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Khyiris Tonga – Defensive Tackle – Chicago Bears (5-10)

The former BYU defensive lineman had one tackle in Chicago’s 25-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Next Game: vs. New York Giants on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Sione Takitaki – Linebacker – Cleveland Browns (7-8)

The former BYU linebacker had one tackle and a quarterback hit in Cleveland’s 24-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Christmas Day.

Next Game: @ Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, January 3 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN

Jamaal Williams – Running Back – Detroit Lions (2-12-1)

The former BYU running back ran the ball 19 times for 77 yards in Detroit’s 20-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Next Game: @ Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Daniel Sorensen – Safety – Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)

The former BYU defensive back had one pass breakup in Kansas City’s 36-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Game: @ Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Zayne Anderson – Safety – Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)

The former BYU defensive back had one tackle in Kansas City’s 36-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Game: @ Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Michael Davis – Cornerback – Los Angeles Chargers (8-7)

The former BYU defensive back and the Chargers suffered a 41-29 loss to the Houston Texans.

Next Game: vs. Denver Broncos on Sunday, January 2 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Kyle Van Noy – Linebacker – New England Patriots (9-6)

The former BYU linebacker had seven total tackles, five solo tackles, and a quarterback hit in New England’s 33-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Next Game: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Harvey Langi – Linebacker – New England Patriots (9-6)

The former BYU linebacker is currently on the Patriots’ Injured/Reserve List. New England suffered a 33-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Next Game: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Taysom Hill – Quarterback – New Orleans Saints (7-8)

The former BYU quarterback is currently on New Orleans’ COVID-19/Reserve list. The Saints suffered a 20-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Monday, December 27.

Next Game: vs. Carolina Panthers on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Kai Nacua – Safety – New York Jets (4-11)

The former BYU defensive back had two tackles in New York’s 26-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Next Game: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Zach Wilson – Quarterback – New York Jets (4-11)

The former BYU quarterback was 14/22 passing for 102 yards and a touchdown in New York’s 26-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wilson added four carries for 91 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Next Game: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Fred Warner – Linebacker – San Francisco 49ers (8-7)

The former BYU linebacker had six total tackles, five solo tackles, and a tackle for loss in San Francisco’s 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, December 23.

Next Game: vs. Houston Texans on Sunday, January 2 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Dax Milne – Wide Receiver – Washington Football Team (6-9)

The former BYU wide receiver had one catch for 14 yards in Washington’s 56-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Next Game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • Tristen Hoge – Cleveland Browns
  • Bronson Kaufusi – Green Bay Packers
  • Chris Wilcox – Indianapolis Colts
  • Zayne Anderson – Kansas City Chiefs
  • Matt Bushman – Las Vegas Raiders
  • Troy Warner – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Former Utah State Aggies

Patrick Scales – Long Snapper – Chicago Bears (5-10)

The former Aggie long snapper and the Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks, 25-24.

Next Game: vs. New York Giants on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Jalen Davis – Cornerback – Cincinnati Bengals (9-6)

The former Utah State defensive back and the Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens, 41-21.

Next Game: vs. Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Jordan Love – Quarterback – Green Bay Packers (12-3)

The former Utah State quarterback did not play in Green Bay’s 24-22 win over the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Day.

Next Game: vs. Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, January 2 at 6:20 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Tipa Galeai – Linebacker – Green Bay Packers (12-3)

The former Utah State linebacker had two tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, and a quarterback hit in Green Bay’s 24-22 win over the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Day.

Next Game: vs. Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, January 2 at 6:20 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Dominik Eberle – Kicker – Houston Texans (4-11)

The former Utah State kicker made his NFL debut in Week 16. Eberle was was 2/3 on field goals and 5/5 on PATs in Houston’s 41-29 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: @ San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, January 2 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Dallin Leavitt – Cornerback – Las Vegas Raiders (8-7)

The former Utah State defensive back had one tackle in Las Vegas’ 17-13 win over the Denver Broncos.

Next Game: @ Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Nevin Lawson – Cornerback – Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13)

The former Utah State defensive back had three total tackles and one solo tackle in Jacksonville’s 26-21 loss to the New York Jets.

Next Game: @ New England Patriots on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Kyler Fackrell – Linebacker – Los Angeles Chargers (8-7)

The former USU linebacker is currently on Los Angeles’ Reserve/Injured list and did not play in the Chargers’ 41-29 loss to the Houston Texans.

Next Game: vs. Denver Broncos on Sunday, January 2 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Nick Vigil – Linebacker – Minnesota Vikings (7-8)

The former Utah State linebacker had two total tackles, one solo tackle, and one tackle for loss in Minnesota’s 30-23 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Next Game: @ Green Bay Packers on Sunday, January 2 at 6:20 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Bobby Wagner – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks (5-10)

The former Utah State linebacker had 12 total tackles and four solo tackles in Seattle’s 25-24 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Next Game: vs. Detroit Lions on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Tyler Larsen – Center – Washington Football Team (6-9)

The former USU offensive lineman is currently on Washington’s COVID-19/Reserve list and did not play in Washington’s 56-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Next Game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • JoJo Natson – Cleveland Browns
  • Darwin Thompson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Former Weber State Wildcats

Taron Johnson – Cornerback – Buffalo Bills (9-6)

The former Weber State defensive back had four total tackles, two solo tackles, and a pass breakup in Buffalo’s 33-21 win over the New England Patriots.

Next Game: vs. Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Sua Opeta – Offensive Guard – Philadelphia Eagles (8-7)

The former Weber State offensive lineman and the Eagles beat the New York Giants, 34-10.

Next Game: @ Washington Football Team on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • Jonah Williams – Los Angeles Rams

Former Southern Utah Thunderbirds

Miles Killebrew – Safety – Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6-1)

The former Thunderbirds safety

Next Game: vs. Cleveland Browns on Monday, January 3 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN

Former High School Players

Xavier Su’a-Filo (Timpview/UCLA) – Offensive Guard – Cincinnati Bengals (9-6)

The former Timpview star is currently on Cincinnati’s Reserve/Injured list and did not play in the Bengals’ 41-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Next Game: vs. Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Porter Gustin (Salem Hills/USC) – Linebacker – Cleveland Browns (7-8)

The former Salem Hills star had two total tackles and one solo tackle in Cleveland’s 24-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Christmas Day.

Next Game: @ Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, January 3 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN

Dalton Schultz (Bingham/Stanford) – Tight End – Dallas Cowboys (11-4)

The former Bingham star had eight receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ 56-14 win over the Washington Football Team.

Next Game: vs. Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Simi Fehoko (Brighton/Stanford) – Wide Receiver – Dallas Cowboys (11-4)

The former Brighton star is currently on Dallas’ COVID-19/Reserve list and did not play in the Cowboys’ 56-14 win over the Washington Football Team.

Next Game: vs. Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Penei Sewell (Desert Hills/Oregon) – Offensive Tackle – Detroit Lions (2-12-1)

The former Desert Hills star and the Lions suffered a 20-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Next Game: @ Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Jay Tufele (Bingham/USC) – Defensive Tackle – Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13)

The former Bingham star and the Jaguars suffered a 26-21 loss to the New York Jets.

Next Game: @ New England Patriots on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Marcus Kemp (Layton/Hawaii) – Wide Receiver – Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)

The former Layton star had one tackle in Kansas City’s 36-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Game: @ Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Alohi Gilman (Orem/Notre Dame) – Safety – Los Angeles Chargers (8-7)

The former Orem star had six tackles in Los Angeles’ 41-29 loss to the Houston Texans.

Next Game: vs. Denver Broncos on Sunday, January 2 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Andre James (Herriman/UCLA) – Offensive Tackle – Las Vegas Raiders (8-7)

The former Herriman star and the Raiders beat the Denver Broncos, 17-13.

Next Game: @ Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Kaden Elliss (Judge Memorial/Idaho) – Linebacker – New Orleans Saints (7-8)

The former Judge Memorial star is currently on New Orleans’ COVID-19/Reserve list. The Saints suffered a 20-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Monday, December 27.

Next Game: vs. Carolina Panthers on Sunday, January 2 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Bryan Mone (Highland/Michigan) – Defensive Tackle – Seattle Seahawks (5-10)

The former Highland star is currently on Seattle’s COVID-19/Reserve list and did not play in the Seahawks’ 25-24 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Next Game: vs. Detroit Lions on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

John Ursua (Westlake/Cedar City/Hawaii) – Wide Receiver – Seattle Seahawks (5-10)

The former Westlake and Cedar City star suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason and will miss the entire year for the Seahawks. The Seahawks suffered a 25-24 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Next Game: vs. Detroit Lions on Sunday, January 2 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • Porter Gustin (Salem Hills) – Cleveland Browns
  • Noah Togiai (Hunter) – Philadelphia Eagles

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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