Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) avoids a sack attempt by Jacksonville Jaguars safety Josh Jones (29) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) [Dec-20-2020]

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Locals in the NFL: Why Lamar Jackson's biggest smile involved watching Utah's Tyler Huntley

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Dec. 21, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.



AROUND THE SHIELD — Lamar Jackson had just thrown for 243 yards and three touchdowns for the Baltimore Ravens.

But the biggest smile on his face came as he danced and jived on the sidelines.

Jackson was positively ebullient when former Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley made his NFL debut in the second half of the Ravens' 40-14 win Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars to keep pace in the playoff chase at 9-5. And when the former Utes star bolted for a 19-yard run in the fourth quarter, the third-year signal-caller couldn't control himself any longer.

"I didn't want to let anybody know about Tyler, about Snoop," Jackson said of Huntley. "But he showed glimpses today what he can do. Hopefully, he can show you guys some more.

"I've already seen him. I saw what he can do back in high school, and there it is."

Huntley completed 2-of-4 passes for 7 yards — his first completions in a regular-season NFL game — and ran for 18 yards on four carries. But what he showed in mop-up duty against the Jags is a small part of what he can bring to the Ravens.

At least, it's a small part of what he's shown the team in practice.

"Everyone was excited for him to go in there, and I think he made a couple of electric plays," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "They're the kind of plays he makes all the time for us in practice.

"That's great experience for him, and it's going to help him going forward, down the road."

With two weeks left in the regular season, the Ravens (9-5) haven't clinched a playoff berth yet. In fact, they're going to need a little bit of help — from Jackson, from Huntley, even from the other teams around them.

Still, they're peaking at the right time, and others are taking notice FiveThirtyEight gives Baltimore a 91% chance of making the playoffs. And with games against the Giants (5-9) and Bengals (2-10-1) remaining on the schedule, those odds are likely to go up.

Which means the world may see more of what Jackson has seen out of "Snoop."

"We've just been bonding with each other a lot more, ever since I came back from the COVID," Jackson said. "Our guys are just so much more focused and on point."

Here are other highlights from former local high school and college football players in Week 15 of the 2020 NFL season.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Photo: Brett Duke, Associated Press)

Kansas City 32, New Orleans 29

Patrick Mahomes threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns to help the Chiefs clinch a perfect 8-0 record on the road.

Chiefs (13-1)

Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Starting free safety made 4 tackles, 2 pass breakups

Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State: Inactive for Week 15

Saints (10-4)

Taysom Hill, QB, BYU: Ran for a 3-yard touchdown, scoring for the fifth straight game

Marcus Williams, S, Utah: Starting free safety had 2 tackles, 1 pass breakup

Kaden Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial: Made 1 tackle on special teams as a reserve

Cleveland 20, NY Giants 6

Baker Mayfield threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Browns to just their second 10-win season since 1999 with a win over the Giants on Sunday Night Football.

Browns (10-4)

Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU: Starting linebacker made 3 tackles on defense, 1 on special teams

Porter Gustin, DE, Salem Hills: Made 1 tackle on defense, 1 on special teams as a reserve

Giants (5-9)

Jackson Barton, OT, Brighton/Utah: Inactive for Week 15

Dallas 41, San Francisco 33

Andy Dalton's 209 yards and two touchdowns, including a 12-yard strike to former Bingham High star Dalton Schultz, was enough to help the Cowboys hold off the Niners for their fifth win of the year.

Cowboys (5-9)

Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham: Caught 2 passes for 14 yards and score.

Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah: Not on the active roster

Francis Bernard, LB, Herriman/Utah: Made one tackle on special teams as a reserve.

49ers (5-9)

Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Starting linebacker made 5 tackles

Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: Punted 4 times for 186 yards, with 1 downed inside the 20

Kai Nacua, S, BYU: Made 1 tackle on special teams in Niners debut

Indianapolis 27, Houston 20

Phillip Rivers threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns, including one with a 1:47 left, to help the Colts hold off the Texans to clinch their second 10-win season in three years.

Colts (10-4)

Julian Blackmon, S, Layton/Utah: Made 1 tackle in Colts' win

Texans (4-10)

No locals on the active roster

Miami 22, New England 12

The Dolphins shut out Cam Newton to eliminate the Patriots from playoff contention.

Dolphins (9-5)

Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Starting linebacker had 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass breakup — and nearly an interception — against his former team

Eric Rowe, CB, Utah: Starting cornerback made 3 tackles in the win

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks to pass the football during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks to pass the football during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Photo: Chris O'Meara, Associated Press)

Chicago 33, Minnesota 27

David Montgomery ran 32 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears held off the Vikings.

Bears (7-7)

Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: Inactive for Week 15

Patrick Scales, LS, Weber/Utah State: Played 8 snaps at long snapper

Vikings (6-8)

No locals on the active roster

Tennessee 46, Detroit 25

Ryan Tannehill threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans' win.

Miles Killebrew, S, SUU: Made 1 tackle on special teams as a reserve

Titans (10-4)

No locals on the active roster

Arizona 33, Philadelphia 26

Kyler Murray threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinals held off the Eagles.

Cardinals (8-6)

Leki Fotu, DL, Herriman/Utah: Made 3 tackles, 1st career sack as a reserve

Kylie Fitts, LB, Utah: Inactive for Week 15

Eagles (4-9-1)

No locals on the active roster

Seattle 20, Washington 15

The Seahawks picked off Dwayne Haskins twice to earn the defensive win and clinch a playoff berth.

Seahawks (10-4)

Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: Starting middle linebacker had a team-high 13 tackles, 1 pass breakup in Seattle's win

Cody Barton, LB, Brighton/Utah: Made 1 tackle as a reserve

Football Team (6-8)

Alex Smith, QB, Utah: Inactive for Week 15

Jared Norris, LB, Utah: Played as a reserve

NY Jets 23, LA Rams 20

Sam Darnold threw for 207 yards and a touchdown to lift the Jets to their first win of the season.

Jets (1-13)

Harvey Langi, LB, Bingham/BYU: Starting linebacker made six tackles

Javelin Guidry, DB, Utah: Starting cornerback made six tackles

Rams (9-5)

Matt Gay, K, Orem/UVU/Utah: Made field goals of 45 and 42 yards, and 2 extra points

Thursday Night Football

LA Chargers 30, Las Vegas 27

Justin Herbert's 1-yard sneak into the end zone in overtime helped the Chargers hold off the Raiders for their fifth win of the season.

Chargers (5-9)

Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Made 2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass breakup in 49 defensive snaps off the bench

Sam Tevi, OT, Utah: Played all 66 offensive snaps at left tackle

Nick Vigil, LB, Fremont/Utah State: Made team-high 9 tackles, 1 sack on 46 defensive snaps

Alohi Gilman, S, Orem: Played 8 snaps on special teams

Raiders (7-7)

Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Ran for 12 yards on 3 carries as a reserve

Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: Inactive for Week 15

Dallin Leavitt, S, Utah State: Made 2 tackles on 29 defensive snaps

Andre James, OT, Herriman: Played 6 snaps on special teams

Saturday

Buffalo 48, Denver 19

Josh Allen threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Bills clinched the AFC East title and a postseason berth.

Bills (11-3)

Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Ran for 81 yards on 13 carries as a reserve

Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: Starting cornerback had 4 tackles, 1 pass breakup

Broncos (5-9)

Garett Bolles, OT, Westlake/Snow/Utah: Starting left tackle played all 64 snaps, 4 on special teams

Tim Patrick, WR, Utah: Starting wide receiver caught 3 passes for 14 yards

Green Bay 24, Carolina 16

Aaron Jones ran for 145 yards and a touchdown as the Packers inched closer to the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.

Packers (11-3)

Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: Had 6 yards rushing, 14 receiving as a reserve

Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: Inactive for Week 15

Panthers (4-10)

Tyler Larsen, OL, Utah State: Played 4 snaps on special teams

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