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Quarterback Performances Lead Local NFL Players In Week 18

Jan 9, 2022, 10:38 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Quarterback play led the local players in the NFL during the final week of the 2021 NFL regular season.

Here is how all of the players with ties to the state of Utah played during the 18th week of the season.

Former Utah Utes

Kylie Fitts – Linebacker – Arizona Cardinals (11-6)

The former Utah defensive lineman was placed on Injured Reserve prior to Week 7 and missed the remainder of the 2021 season. Arizona suffered a 38-30 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Next Game: @ No. 4 Los Angeles Rams on Monday, January 17 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, and ESPN+

Leki Fotu – Defensive Tackle – Arizona Cardinals (11-6)

The former Utah defensive lineman had one tackle in Arizona’s 38-30 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Next Game: @ No. 4 Los Angeles Rams on Monday, January 17 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, and ESPN+

Tyler Huntley – Quarterback – Baltimore Ravens (8-9)

The former Utah quarterback was 16/31 passing for 141 yards and two interceptions in Baltimore’s 16-13 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Huntley added 12 rushes for 72 yards. He lost one fumble.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Star Lotulelei – Defensive Tackle – Buffalo Bills (11-6)

The former Utah defensive lineman had one tackle in Buffalo’s 27-10 win over the New York Jets.

Next Game: vs. No. 6 New England Patriots on Saturday, January 15 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on CBS and Paramount+

Zack Moss – Running Back – Buffalo Bills (11-6)

The former Utah running back had five carries for eight yards and two catches for six yards in Buffalo’s 27-10 win over the New York Jets.

Next Game: vs. No. 6 New England Patriots on Saturday, January 15 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on CBS and Paramount+

Jaylon Johnson – Cornerback – Chicago Bears (6-11)

The former Utes defensive back had two total tackles and one solo tackle in Chicago’s 31-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Francis Bernard – Linebacker – Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

The former Utah linebacker is currently on the Cowboys’ COVID-19/Reserve list and did not play in Dallas’ 51-26 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, January 8.

Next Game: vs. No. 6 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on CBS, Paramount+, Prime Video, and Nickelodeon

Garett Bolles – Offensive Tackle – Denver Broncos (7-10)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Broncos suffered a 28-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, January 8.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Tim Patrick – Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos (7-10)

The former Utah receiver had six catches for 95 yards in Denver’s 28-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, January 8.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

John Penisini – Defensive Tackle – Detroit Lions (3-13-1)

The former Utah defensive lineman had one quarterback hit in Detroit’s 37-30 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Julian Blackmon – Safety – Indianapolis Colts (9-8)

The former Utah safety suffered a season-ending injury during the practice before Week 7 and missed the remainder of the 2021 season. Indianapolis suffered a 26-11 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Sam Tevi – Offensive Tackle – Indianapolis Colts (9-8)

The former Utah offensive lineman suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason and missed the remainder of the 2021 season. Indianapolis suffered a 26-11 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Jackson Barton – Offensive Tackle – Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)

The former Utah offensive lineman was inactive for Las Vegas’ 35-32 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: @ No. 4 Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, January 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Terrell Burgess – Safety – Los Angeles Rams (12-5)

The former Utah defensive back had four total tackles and two solo tackles in Los Angeles’ 27-24 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Next Game: vs. No. 5 Arizona Cardinals on Monday, January 17 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, and ESPN+

Matt Gay – Kicker – Los Angeles Rams (12-5)

The former Utah kicker was 1/1 on field goals and 3/3 on PATs in Los Angeles’ 27-24 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Next Game: vs. No. 5 Arizona Cardinals on Monday, January 17 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, and ESPN+

Eric Rowe – Safety – Miami Dolphins (9-8)

The former Utah defensive back had one tackle in Miami’s 33-24 win over the New England Patriots.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Chase Hansen – Safety – New Orleans Saints (9-8)

The former Utah defensive back and the Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons, 30-20.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Marcus Williams – Safety – New Orleans Saints (9-8)

The former Utah defensive back had two total tackles and one solo tackle in New Orleans’ 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Devontae Booker – Running Back – New York Giants (4-13)

The former Utes running back had eight carries for 14 yards and two catches for 12 yards in New York’s 22-7 loss to the Washington Football Team.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Javelin Guidry – Safety – New York Jets (4-13)

The former Utah defensive back and the Jets suffered a 27-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Mitch Wishnowsky – Punter – San Francisco 49ers (10-7)

The former Utah punter punted twice with an average of 42.5 yards per kick before leaving the game following a helmet-to-helmet hit in San Francisco’s 27-24 overtime win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Next Game: @ No. 3 Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on CBS, Paramount+, Prime Video, and Nickelodeon

Cody Barton – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks (7-10)

The former Utah linebacker had 12 total tackles and seven solo tackles in Seattle’s 38-30 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Marquise Blair – Safety – Seattle Seahawks (7-10)

The former Utah defensive back is currently on Seattle’s Reserve/Injured list. The Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals, 38-30.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Jared Norris – Linebacker – Washington Football Team (7-10)

The former Utah linebacker is currently on Washington’s Reserve/Injured list. The Washington Football Team beat the New York Giants, 22-7.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Nate Orchard – Defensive End – Washington Football Team (7-10)

The former Utah linebacker was inactive for Washington’s 22-7 win over the New York Giants.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Practice Squad Players

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

Former BYU Cougars

Andy Reid – Head Coach – Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)

The former BYU player and graduate assistant and the Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos on Saturday, January 8, 28-24.

Next Game: vs. No. 7 Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, January 16 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Ty’Son Williams – Running Back – Baltimore Ravens (8-9)

The former BYU running back had one carry for four yards in Baltimore’s 16-13 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Brady Christensen – Offensive Tackle – Carolina Panthers (5-12)

The former BYU offensive lineman and the Panthers suffered a 41-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Khyiris Tonga – Defensive Tackle – Chicago Bears (6-11)

The former BYU defensive lineman had three tackles in Chicago’s 31-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Sione Takitaki – Linebacker – Cleveland Browns (8-9)

The former BYU linebacker is currently on Cleveland’s Reserve/Injured list and did not play in the Browns’ 21-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Jamaal Williams – Running Back – Detroit Lions (3-13-1)

The former BYU running back had 13 carries for 43 yards in Detroit’s 37-30 win over the Green Bay Packers. Williams added one catch for nine yards.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Daniel Sorensen – Safety – Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)

The former BYU defensive back had one tackle in Kansas City’s 28-24 win over the Denver Broncos on Saturday, January 8.

Next Game: vs. No. 7 Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, January 16 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Zayne Anderson – Safety – Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)

The former BYU defensive back played 20 snaps on special teams in Kansas City’s 28-24 win over the Denver Broncos on Saturday, January 8.

Next Game: vs. No. 7 Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, January 16 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Michael Davis – Cornerback – Los Angeles Chargers (9-8)

The former BYU defensive back had five total tackles, four solo tackles, and a pass breakup in Las Vegas’ 35-32 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Kyle Van Noy – Linebacker – New England Patriots (10-7)

The former BYU linebacker had six total tackles, three solo tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, and a quarterback hit in New England’s 33-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Next Game: @ No. 3 Buffalo Bills on Saturday, January 15 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on CBS and Paramount+

Harvey Langi – Linebacker – New England Patriots (10-7)

The former BYU linebacker is currently on the Patriots’ Injured/Reserve List. New England suffered a 33-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Next Game: @ No. 3 Buffalo Bills on Saturday, January 15 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on CBS and Paramount+

Taysom Hill – Quarterback – New Orleans Saints (9-8)

The former BYU quarterback was 7/9 passing for 107 yards and touchdown before leaving early with a Lisfranc injury in New Orleans’ 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Hill added five carries for 18 yards.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Kai Nacua – Safety – New York Jets (4-13)

The former BYU defensive back had two total tackles and one solo tackle in New York’s 27-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Zach Wilson – Quarterback – New York Jets (4-13)

The former BYU quarterback was 7/20 passing for 87 yards and one touchdown in New York’s 27-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Wilson added two carries for 24 yards.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Fred Warner – Linebacker – San Francisco 49ers (10-7)

The former BYU linebacker had eight total tackles, five solo tackles, 0.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, and a quarterback hit in San Francisco’s 27-24 overtime win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Next Game: @ No. 3 Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on CBS, Paramount+, Prime Video, and Nickelodeon

Dax Milne – Wide Receiver – Washington Football Team (7-10)

The former BYU wide receiver and the Washington Football Team beat the New York Giants, 22-7.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Practice Squad Players

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

Former Utah State Aggies

Patrick Scales – Long Snapper – Chicago Bears (6-11)

The former Aggie long snapper and the Bears suffered a 31-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Jalen Davis – Cornerback – Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)

The former Utah State defensive back and the Bengals suffered a 21-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Next Game: vs. No. 5 Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday, January 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Jordan Love – Quarterback – Green Bay Packers (13-4)

The former Utah State quarterback was 10/17 passing for 134 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in Green Bay’s 37-30 loss to the Detroit Lions. Love added one carry for -1 yards.

Next Game: Divisional Round on Saturday, January 22 or Sunday, January 23

Tipa Galeai – Linebacker – Green Bay Packers (13-4)

The former Utah State linebacker had two total tackles and one solo tackle in Green Bay’s 37-30 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Next Game: Divisional Round on Saturday, January 22 or Sunday, January 23

Dallin Leavitt – Cornerback – Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)

The former Utah State defensive back had three total tackles and one solo tackle in Las Vegas’ 35-32 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: @ No. 4 Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, January 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Nevin Lawson – Cornerback – Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14)

The former Utah State defensive back had two tackles and two pass breakups in Jacksonville’s 26-11 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Kyler Fackrell – Linebacker – Los Angeles Chargers (9-8)

The former USU linebacker had two tackles and two tackles for loss in Las Vegas’ 35-32 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Nick Vigil – Linebacker – Minnesota Vikings (8-9)

The former Utah State linebacker had seven total tackles and five solo tackles in Minnesota’s 31-17 win over the Chicago Bears.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Bobby Wagner – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks (7-10)

The former Utah State linebacker was inactive for Seattle’s 38-30 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Tyler Larsen – Center – Washington Football Team (7-10)

The former USU offensive lineman suffered a season-ending injury during Week 14 and was placed on the Washington Football Team’s Injured/Reserve list. The Washington Football Team beat the New York Giants, 22-7.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Practice Squad Players

  • JoJo Natson – Cleveland Browns
  • Dominik Eberle – Houston Texans
  • Darwin Thompson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Former Weber State Wildcats

Taron Johnson – Cornerback – Buffalo Bills (11-6)

The former Weber State defensive back had four total tackles and two solo tackles in Buffalo’s 27-10 win over the New York Jets.

Next Game: vs. No. 6 New England Patriots on Saturday, January 15 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on CBS and Paramount+

Sua Opeta – Offensive Guard – Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)

The former Weber State offensive lineman and the Eagles suffered a 51-26 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, January 8.

Next Game: @ No. 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, January 16 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • Jonah Williams – Los Angeles Rams

Former Southern Utah Thunderbirds

Miles Killebrew – Safety – Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)

The former Thunderbirds safety had two total tackles and one solo tackle in Pittsburgh’s 16-13 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Next Game: @ No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 16 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Former High School Players

Xavier Su’a-Filo (Timpview/UCLA) – Offensive Guard – Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)

The former Timpview star is currently on Cincinnati’s Reserve/Injured list and did not play in the Bengals’ suffered a 21-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Next Game: vs. No. 5 Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday, January 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Porter Gustin (Salem Hills/USC) – Linebacker – Cleveland Browns (8-9)

The former Salem Hills star and the Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 21-16.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Dalton Schultz (Bingham/Stanford) – Tight End – Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

The former Bingham star had three receptions for 21 yards and two touchdowns in Dallas’ 51-26 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, January 8.

Next Game: vs. No. 6 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on CBS, Paramount+, Prime Video, and Nickelodeon

Simi Fehoko (Brighton/Stanford) – Wide Receiver – Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

The former Brighton star was inactive for Dallas’ 51-26 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, January 8.

Next Game: vs. No. 6 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on CBS, Paramount+, Prime Video, and Nickelodeon

Penei Sewell (Desert Hills/Oregon) – Offensive Tackle – Detroit Lions (3-13-1)

The former Desert Hills star was inactive for Detroit’s 37-30 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Jay Tufele (Bingham/USC) – Defensive Tackle – Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14)

The former Bingham star had one tackle in Jacksonville’s 26-11 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Marcus Kemp (Layton/Hawaii) – Wide Receiver – Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)

The former Layton star and the Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos on Saturday, January 8, 28-24.

Next Game: vs. No. 7 Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, January 16 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Alohi Gilman (Orem/Notre Dame) – Safety – Los Angeles Chargers (9-8)

The former Orem star had five total tackles and three solo tackles in Las Vegas’ 35-32 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Andre James (Herriman/UCLA) – Offensive Tackle – Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)

The former Herriman star and the Raiders beat the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime, 35-32.

Next Game: @ No. 4 Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, January 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on KSL TV

Kaden Elliss (Judge Memorial/Idaho) – Linebacker – New Orleans Saints (9-8)

The former Judge Memorial star had two total tackles and one solo tackle in New Orleans’ 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Bryan Mone (Highland/Michigan) – Defensive Tackle – Seattle Seahawks (7-10)

The former Highland star had one tackle in Seattle’s 38-30 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

John Ursua (Westlake/Cedar City/Hawaii) – Wide Receiver – Seattle Seahawks (7-10)

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 beat the Arizona Cardinals, 38-30.

Next Game: None – eliminated from postseason

Practice Squad Players

  • 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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