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AROUND THE SHIELD — Nick Vigil could see the play coming a mile away.
On the second play of the second half, Vigil extended his arms like the offensive player he once was, pulled down a pass from Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray on the left side of the defense, threw a stiff-arm at Rondale Moore around the 20, and sprinted toward the end zone like the running back he occasionally played at Utah State.
The 28-year-old Utah State product was in his element Sunday, wracking up eight tackles and his first career interception return for a touchdown in Minnesota's 34-33 loss to the Cardinals.
But that play was a perfect encapsulation of what Vigil can provide for the 0-2 Vikings drastically looking for defensive help — from the way he read Murray's eyes to the way he galloped into the end zone nearly untouched.
"He was staring it down, so I was able to break on it and catch the ball," Vigil told the Pioneer Press. "I thought (Moore) was gonna get me from behind. That guy's a little faster than me, so he caught me pretty quick, but I was able to escape him.
"I don't know if you can say 'due,' but it felt good to finally get one."
Now in his sixth season, Vigil has put together 17 tackles, including 11 solo stops, since signing with the Vikings on a one-year, $1.75 million contract in March.
"Nick has been phenomenal for us since he got here in OTAs, throughout minicamps, and he's been making plays for us thus far throughout the season," Minnesota teammate Patrick Peterson told the Pioneer Press.
Interceptions also told the story for another prominent former Utah high school star in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season.
Former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson completed 19-of-33 passes for 210 yards and four interceptions in the New York Jets' 25-6 loss to New England in the Jets' home opener Sunday.
At one point, Wilson had as many completions (4) as interceptions. The four picks are one more than he threw during his entire final season at BYU.
It was a rough day for the rookie who was selected No. 2 overall by the Jets in last April's NFL draft. But not unexpected, either; Wilson's predecessor Sam Darnold also threw four interceptions — with just 86 yards — in a loss to Bill Belichick's Patriots in 2019.
"Like everyone keeps saying in the locker room, it's a long season," said Wilson, who lost his second game as the Jets' starter. "I think we're a great team, and I think we can be special. But we've got to go in there and get better, and I've got to play better."
When asked if he was "seeing ghosts" — an obvious reference to a now-infamous quip by Darnold caught by a live mic — Wilson hastily denied it.
"No. Most definitely not," he said with a low laugh.
"This is what we signed up for, right?" Wilson added. "There are going to be games like this, and ups and downs. We just keep getting reminded how long the season is, and we have to get back and keep getting better."
Some locals on NFL rosters flourished in Week 2 of the NFL season, including Utah all-time leading rusher Zack Moss, who returned to Buffalo's backfield with two touchdown runs.
Others not so much. Here's a complete roundup of the 55 former locals on active rosters.
Patriots 25, Jets 6
- Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Inactive for Sunday's game.
- Harvey Langi, LB, BYU/Bingham: Played nine snaps on defense, 14 on special teams.
- Zach Wilson, QB, BYU/Corner Canyon: Completed 19-of-33 passes for 210 yards, four interceptions; sacked four times for 26 yards; ran for 19 yards on three carries; played 73 snaps on offense.
- Javelin Guidry, CB, Utah: four tackles; played 21 snaps on defense, eight on special teams.
Arizona 34, Minnesota 33
- Kylie Fitts, LB, Utah: Played two snaps on defense, 30 on special teams.
- Leki Fotu, DT, Utah/Herriman: Played three snaps on defense, eight on special teams.
- Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State/Fremont: Made eight tackles on defense, one pass breakup, one interception return 38 yards for a touchdown; played 61 snaps on defense, seven on special teams.
Green Bay 35, Detroit 17
- Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: Played three snaps on offense Monday night.
- Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: seven carries for 25 yards; three catches for 12 yards.
- Penei Sewell, OT, Desert Hills: Started at left tackle.
- John Penisini, DL, Utah/West Jordan/Snow: Playing sparingly at nose tackle.
Baltimore 36, Kansas City 35
- Ty'son Williams, RB, BYU: 13 carries for 77 yards; two catches for 16 yards. Played 37 snaps on offense.
- Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah: Did not play Sunday.
- Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack; Played 76 snaps on offense, three on special teams.
- Marcus Kemp, WR, Layton: Played two snaps on offense, 23 on special teams, including downing a punt.
Tennessee 33, Seattle 30
- No locals on active roster.
- Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: Team-high 20 tackles, one sack, two quarterback hurries; played 88 snaps on defense, eight on special teams.
- Cody Barton, LB, Utah/Brighton: one tackle on defense, one tackle on special teams; played 11 defensive snaps, 23 on special teams.
- Marquise Blair, S, Utah: Played 13 snaps on defense, 15 on special teams.
- Bryan Mone, DT, Highland: Not active for Sunday.
Dallas 20, LA Chargers 17
- Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah: one tackle on defense; played 23 defensive snaps, 10 on special teams.
- Simi Fehoko, WR, Brighton: Played six snaps on special teams.
- Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham: two catches for 18 yards; played 45 offensive snaps, four on special teams.
- Michael Davis, CB, BYU: six tackles on defense; played 62 snaps on defense.
- Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State: one tackle, one sack, one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble; played 28 snaps on defense, five on offense.
- Alohi Gilman, S, Orem: four tackles on defense, one tackle on special teams; played 52 snaps on defense, 15 on special teams.
Las Vegas 26, Pittsburgh 17
- Dallin Leavitt, S, Utah State: two tackles on defense, one pass breakup; two tackles on special teams; played 14 snaps on defense, 17 on special teams.
- Andre James, OT, Herriman: Played 66 snaps on offense.
- Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah: Played 19 snaps on special teams.
San Francisco 17, Philadelphia 11
- Fred Warner, LB, BYU: seven tackles, one tackle for loss; played 58 snaps on offense, two on special teams.
- Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: five punts for 226 yards (45.2 average); three downed inside 20; Played 12 snaps on special teams.
- No locals on active roster.
Buffalo 35, Miami 0
- Zack Moss, RB, Utah: 26 yards on eight carries, two touchdowns; two catches, 8 yards; played 18 snaps on offense.
- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah/Bingham/Snow: one tackle on defense; played 31 snaps on defense, one on special teams.
- Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: four tackles, one sack, one quarterback hurry, two pass breakups, one forced fumble; played 13 snaps on defense, 15 on special teams.
- Eric Rowe, CB, Utah: two tackles; played 26 snaps on defense.
Denver 23, Jacksonville 13
- Garett Bolles, OT, Utah/Westlake/Snow: Played 69 snaps at left tackle, five on special teams.
- Tim Patrick, WR, Utah: three catches, 37 yards, one 12-yard touchdown from Teddy Bridgewater; played 51 snaps on offense.
- Jay Tufele, DT, Bingham: Inactive for Sunday.
LA Rams 27, Indianapolis 24
- Matt Gay, K, Utah/UVU/Orem: Field goals of 34, 38 yards; three PAT; played 11 snaps on special teams.
- Terrell Burgess, S, Utah: Played one snap on defense, 18 on special teams.
- Jonah Williams, DE, Weber State: Played 11 snaps on defense, five on special teams.
- Julian Blackmon, FS, Utah/Layton: four tackles, one pass breakup; played 59 snaps on defense, six on special teams.
Cleveland 31, Houston 21
- Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU: two tackles, one tackle for loss; one fumble recovery on special teams; played 16 snaps on defense, nine snaps on special teams.
- No locals on active roster.
Chicago 20, Cincinnati 17
- Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: two tackles, four pass breakups, one interception; played 55 snaps on defense, one on special teams.
- Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU/Granger: Played eight snaps on defense, four on special teams.
- Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State/Weber: Played eight snaps on special teams.
- Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State: Played one snap on defense, eight on special teams.
- Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, Timpview: Played 55 snaps at right guard, three on special teams.
Carolina 26, New Orleans 7
- Brady Christensen, OT, BYU/Bountiful: one tackle on special teams; played four snaps on offense, six on special teams.
- Taysom Hill, QB, BYU: two carries, 16 yards; one tackle on special teams; played 10 snaps on offense, six on special teams.
- Marcus Williams, FS, Utah: eight tackles, one pass breakup; played 75 snaps on defense.
- Kaden Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial: one tackle on special teams; played 29 snaps on defense, 22 on special teams.
Washington 30, NY Giants 29
Football Team (1-1)
- Dax Milne, WR, BYU/Bingham: Played four snaps on offense.
- Jared Norris, LB, Utah: Played 20 snaps on special teams.
- Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State/Jordan: Active but did not play Thursday.
- Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: two carries, 9 yards; one catch, 2 yards; played 10 snaps on offense, six on special teams.