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
Bobby Wagner was the most productive former Aggie in the NFL this weekend. He recorded 9 tackles and a pass deflection in a 38-31 win over the Cowboys. While 9 tackles alone (4 assist) may not seem outstandingly productive, it made a difference in a game that was decided by a touchdown as one missed tackle could have led to big plays. Overall this season, Wagner has totaled 26 tackles and three pass deflections in three games.
Los Angeles Chargers
This weekend against the Panthers, Nick Vigil had 5 tackles in a 21-16 loss to the Panthers. Vigil has recorded 5 tackles 3 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. He has not appeared very much in terms of snap counts, however there has only been three games so Vigil still has plenty of time to improve on those statistics and maybe get more snaps.
New York Giants
Kyler Fackrell recorded 4 tackles in a 36-9 loss to the 49ers. On the season, Fackrell has 10 tackles and a sack in limited playing time. The most playing time that Fackrell has seen was 55% of the defensive snaps against the Bears in a 17-13 loss. The defensive line can tend to grow thinner as the season moves on so Fackrell may get more opportunities if depth becomes an issue.
Green Bay Packers
Jordan Love has not appeared in any games yet and it appears he will not see playing time anytime soon as Aaron Rodgers is playing very well. The Packers traded a pick to get Love and it brings of the interesting question of why the Packers drafted Love in the first round if they were not intending to at least let him see some. Again, the season has only just begun so Love might still get a chance to make an impression.
Kansas City Chiefs
Darwin Thompson is in a similar position to Jordan Love in that he is not seeing much action because there is another player doing very well. Darwin Thompson is playing behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams. In 2019, Thompson had 128 yards rushing on 37 attempts and also scored a touchdown. With less playing time this season, Thompson has put up 32 yards on 6 rushes. His best game came against the Chargers in a 23-20 overtime victory where he had 21 yards rushing on 4 attempts. Depth at running back is also an important thing to consider moving forward so Thompson could still see more playing time.
Tyler Larsen has still not appeared on any offensive snaps in 2020. Last season Larsen saw 3% of the offensive snaps and Larsen has not started a game since 2018. The most production that Larsen has seen was in 2017 when he saw 68% of the offensive snaps.
Patrick Scales has seen more snaps than Tyler Larsen this season and both have only seen snaps on special teams. Scales has seen 26 snaps on special teams this season, but unlike Larsen, Scales has not started any games for the Bears. As injuries and COVID-19 continue to affect the season moving forward, Scales may see more playing time on defense.
Las Vegas Raiders
Nevin Lawson, the fifth defensive back on the Raiders depth chart, has seen most of his time on special teams (70% of the snaps a week ago and 55% this past weekend) but has also seen snaps on defense including this past weekend against New England where he recorded three tackles. In his career, Lawson has played in 76 games and started 59 of those games.
And the most productive former Aggie of the week is...
Bobby Wagner, who had nine tackles and a pass deflection in a close win against the Cowboys. This was a higher scoring game so nine tackles, as mentioned before, can go a long ways in preventing big plays from becoming huge plays.