Each week after the NFL has completed its slate of games (starting with Thursday night football and ending after Monday night football) this series will take a look at news and statistics surrounding former Utah State Aggies players.
New York Giants
Kyler Fackrell saw 100% of the defensive snaps for the first time this season in a 20-19 win over Washington. Fackrell had three total tackles and three quarterback hits and continues to make plays that gets pressure on the opposing quarterback. On the season, Fackrell has started three games 20 total tackles, 3.0 sacks, and an interception returned for a touchdown. So far this has been one of the most productive seasons that Fackrell has had in his first with the Giants.
Kansas City Chiefs
It was a nice surprise to see Darwin Thompson get a chance to get some rushes in during a 26-17 win against the Bills on Monday night. Thompson had three rushes for 17 yards and while those are not numbers that will get a lot of people to recognize him, it is important to remember that the last time Thompson took any carriers was in week 3 in a 34-20 win against Baltimore and in this game, Thompson had two rushes for 11 yards. Thompson has not scored a rushing touchdown yet this year however Clyde Edwards Helaire has been seeing a lot of production lately. Should Helaire be limited to injury at some point then Thompson should see more playing time. The fact that he had some carriers this week shows that he is making enough of an impression to see time on the field.
Patrick Scales did not appear on the field on defense but did appear on nine snaps on special teams (35% of the snaps). He has not appeared on defense at all this season and the most production that Scales has seen on special teams was the nine snaps he had last week in the win against the Panthers. With depth issues to to injury and COVID-19 maybe Scales gets a chance at some point this season.
Bobby Wagner did not play this week as the Seahawks were on a bye week. Wagner has 52 tackles and a tackle for loss this season. The Seahawks are undefeated this season with five wins in the first six weeks of the season.
Los Angeles Chargers
Nick Vigil has seen limited action this season due to a groin injury and the Chargers were off last week. He saw 85% of the snaps in week one against the Bengals but has seen a drop off in playing time since. Vigil has seven tackles and a fumble recovery this season and has not started a game.
Tyler Larsen did not see the field last week in a 23-17 loss to the Bears. Larsen has only seen two offensive snaps this season, both in a 31-21 week four win against the Cardinals. Larsen has seen the field on special teams and the most playing time he has seen is seven special teams snaps against the Chargers. The Panthers are 3-2 this season and won three straight before the loss to the Bears.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders had a bye week coming off a 40-32 win against the Chiefs. In that game Nevin Lawson had six total tackles, a tackle for loss, and a quarterback hit. On the season Lawson has 16 total tackles and a tackle for loss.
Green Bay Packers
Jordan Love has not appeared at all this season for the Packers and while it may be frustrating for the rookie quarterback that had quite a bit of success with Utah State, the key is to stay patient because he will at some point see the field.
And the most productive former Aggie of the week is...
Kyler Fackrell. This was a close pick between Fackrell and Darwin Thompson because players like Bobby Wagner who have seen a lot of production were off this week. Kyler Fackrell had three tackles and three quarterback hits which means he was able to get pressure on Washington in the 20-19 win. Darwin Thompson like Fackrell saw an increase in playing time this week so maybe Thompson will see the field more going forward.