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.
This week Patrick Scales saw an increase in production, playing on 10 special teams snaps (31% of the snaps) and Scales also recorded his first tackle of the year so it was certainly a more productive day for Scales as he tries to get on the field more.
Las Vegas Raiders
Nevin Lawson had three total tackles (two solo) in a win over the Chargers. Lawson also played on 12 special teams snaps compared to the four snaps he played on last week in addition to seeing all the snaps on defense so similar to Patrick Scales, Lawson also saw more time on the field this week.
Bobby Wagner had been racking double digit tackles in every game he played in this season but saw a drop off this past weekend in a 44-34 loss to the Bill. He totaled six tackles (4 solo) and a quarterback hit.
New York Giants
Kyler Fackrell, similar to Bobby Wagner, saw a drop off in production but Fackrell’s drop off came through the percentage of snaps he played on. For the past couple of weeks Fackrell has been playing on over 90% of the snaps but that number dipped to 87% in a 23-20 win over Washington. Fackrell is still seeing a considerable amount of playing time and could still see opportunities to increase his numbers.
Los Angeles Chargers
Nick Vigil recorded one tackle but did not see any defensive snaps. Vigil has seen most of his time on special teams and played 17 snaps in a 31-26 loss to the Raiders, which was a drop off as he has been seeing snap numbers in the low 20s. The Chargers are now 2-5 on the season.
Kansas City Chiefs
After seeing four carries and gaining three yards last week, Darwin Thompson did not see any carries this past weekend. He played on 12 special team snaps (39% of the snaps) in a 33-31 win over the Panthers. And speaking of the Panthers...
Tyler Larsen saw seven snaps (23% of special team snaps) in the loss to Kansas City. He has only seen the field on offense once this year and played on two downs against the Cardinals. Larsen has not started a game since 2018 when he started at center for 10 games.
Game Ball #1
While Bobby Wagner did not have as much of a statistically productive day as he typically does, he still had six tackles, which was double the next closest person, Nevin Lawson, who had three tackles.
Game Ball #2
Nevin Lawson, as just mentioned, had three tackles but he also saw a great increase in special teams snaps, from four to twelve, a difference of eight snaps.
Game Ball #3
Patrick Scales is the next newcomer to this list (Nevin Lawson was the first) and he gets the third game ball for recording his first tackle of the season and playing on 10 special teams snaps. While not statistically eye opening, it is a sign that Patrick Scales is still improving and could see more playing time in the future, even on special teams.