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NFL locals tracker, Week 11: Who had most impressive week, Smith, Van Noy, Wagner or Killebrew?

Several players with Utah ties had strong performances during the 11th week of the NFL season.

Whose was the most impressive? Here's a look at the leading contenders, in alphabetical order:

— Detroit Lions strong safety Miles Killebrew (Southern Utah) had the best game of his rookie season with a team-lead-tying five tackles, including four solo stops, while playing 12 defensive snaps and 24 on special teams. He led the team with four first-half tackles in his third straight game with multiple tackles.

— Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (Utah) recorded his 1,000th career NFL reception on a 22-yard pass on the first play of the third quarter. He finished the day with a team-high eight receptions (on nine targets) for 99 yards and a 5-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Smith, who started at wide receiver and played 45 offensive snaps, now has 44 catches for 516 yards and three touchdowns in 2016.

— New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy (BYU) made an impact in his first game playing for the Patriots since being signed to the team on Oct. 25, recording an 8-yard sack on Colin Kaepernick on a third-and-8 play early in the second quarter. He finished the game with three tackles, including a solo stop, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry while playing 29 defensive snaps, third-most among Patriots linebackers, and three on special teams.

— Seattle Seahawks' Bobby Wagner (Utah State), as the team’s starting middle linebacker, had his sixth 10-plus tackle game of the year with 15 tackles, including five solo stops. He added a 9-yard sack, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry while playing all 80 Seahawks defensive snaps and two on special teams. Wagner leads the NFL with 108 tackles and is averaging 10.8 tackles per game.

Here’s a look at how the other players with Utah ties performed in the NFL in Week 11:


PANTHERS 23, SAINTS 20

Carolina

Tyler Larsen, G, Utah State and Jordan High: Played nine special teams snaps.

Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah, Snow College and Bingham High: Started at defensive tackle and had three tackles, including a solo stop, while playing 48 defensive snaps and five on special teams.

Jared Norris, LB, Utah: Had a special teams tackle and played 21 special teams snaps.

Paul Soliai, DT, Utah: Not active for game.

New Orleans

Paul Kruger, DE, Utah and Timpanogos High: Started at defensive end and four tackles, including a solo stop and a tackle for loss, while playing 42 defensive snaps and seven on special teams.


BILLS 16, BENGALS 12

Cincinnati

Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State and Fremont High: Had two solo tackles while playing 11 defensive snaps and 19 special teams snaps.


STEELERS 24, BROWNS 9

Cleveland

Stephen Paea, DT, Snow College and Timpview High: Had a solo tackle on 23 defensive snaps and four special teams snaps.

On injured reserve: Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah and Highland High

On practice squad: Jordan Leslie, WR, BYU


COWBOYS 27, RAVENS 17

Baltimore

Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU: Started at tight end and had three receptions for 30 yards on five targets while playing 43 offensive snaps.

Steve Smith Sr., WR, Utah: See above.

Eric Weddle, SS, Utah: Started at strong safety and had six tackles, including four solo stops, while playing all 71 Ravens defensive snaps.

On injured reserve: Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU and Timpview High; De’Ondre Wesley, OT, BYU

On practice squad: Robertson Daniel, CB, BYU


LIONS 26, JAGUARS 19

Detroit

Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: Ansah, starting at defensive end, had his second straight impactful game after missing time earlier this year with injury. He recorded four tackles, including three solo stops, and four quarterback hurries, including one on an incompletion on a third down inside the Detroit 10, while playing 40 defensive snaps.

Miles Killebrew, SS, Southern Utah: See above.

Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: Started at cornerback and had three solo tackles and two pass deflections while playing 45 defensive snaps and eight on special teams.

Haloti Ngata, DT, Highland High: Started at defensive tackle and had three tackles, including two solo stops, and a quarterback hurry while playing 38 defensive snaps and four on special teams.

Jacksonville

Jeremiah Poutasi, G/T, Utah: Not active for game.


COLTS 24, TITANS 17

Indianapolis

Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State: Turbin scored his third touchdown of the year on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and had two carries for 4 yards while playing 14 offensive snaps and nine special teams snaps.

Tennessee

Brice McCain, CB, Utah: McCain intercepted a pass for the second straight week when he picked off Andrew Luck in the fourth quarter. He also had two pass deflections while playing 33 defensive snaps and seven on special teams.

LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah: Played 18 special teams snaps.


BUCCANEERS 19, CHIEFS 17

Tampa Bay

Sealver Siliga, DT, Utah and Copper Hills High: Not active for game just days after being claimed off waivers by the Buccaneers.

Kansas City

Jordan Devey, OL, American Fork High and Snow College (signed to Chiefs' PS Nov. 8; waived by Chiefs Nov. 5; elevated from practice squad Sept. 17)

Alex Smith, QB, Utah: Started at quarterback and completed 24 of 31 passes for 261 yards, one touchdown and an interception while also rushing twice for 10 yards and an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter while playing all 53 Chiefs offensive snaps.

Daniel Sorensen, DB, BYU: Had two tackles, including a solo stop, while playing 26 defensive snaps and 20 special teams snaps.


VIKINGS 30, CARDINALS 24

Minnesota

Matt Asiata, RB, Utah, Snow College and Hunter High: Asiata scored a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and had five carries for 20 yards while adding a reception for 7 yards and a tackle on a defender after Minnesota lost a fumble. He played 21 offensive snaps and five on special teams.

Arizona

Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State: Played 14 special teams snaps.

On injured reserve: Alani Fua, ILB, BYU (on injured reserve, Sept. 28)


GIANTS 22, BEARS 16

N.Y. Giants

Uani ‘Unga, MLB, BYU (on injured reserve)

Chicago

Paul Lasike, RB/FB, BYU: Had one carry for 5 yards while playing 10 offensive snaps and five on special teams.

Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State and Weber High: Had a special teams tackle, his first of the year, while playing 10 special teams snaps.


DOLPHINS 14, RAMS 10

Miami

John Denney, LS, BYU: Played 10 special teams snaps.

Zach Vigil, LB, Utah State and Clearfield High: Played 14 special teams snaps.

On injured reserve: Koa Misi, LB, Utah

Los Angeles

Maurice Alexander, S, Utah State: Alexander, who started at free safety, made his first career interception, picking off a Ryan Tannehill pass in the end zone in the opening minutes of the third quarter after the Dolphins started a drive in L.A. territory following a Rams fumble. He also had four tackles, including two solo stops, and a pass deflection while playing all 60 Rams defensive snaps and three on special teams.


SEAHAWKS 26, EAGLES 15

Seattle

Will Tukuafu, FB, East High: Had one carry for 2 yards while playing 12 offensive snaps and nine on special teams.

Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: See above.

Philadelphia

On practice squad: Anthony Denham, TE, Utah


PATRIOTS 30, 49ERS 17

New England

Eric Rowe, CB, Utah: Started at cornerback and had two solo tackles and a pass deflection while playing 62 defensive snaps.

Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: See above.

On practice squad: Trevor Reilly, LB, Utah

San Francisco

Zane Beadles, OL, Utah and Hillcrest High: Started at left guard and played 62 offensive snaps and three on special teams.


REDSKINS 42, PACKERS 24

Washington

On practice squad: Kendal Thompson, WR, Utah

Green Bay

Marwin Evans, S, Utah State: Played 16 special teams snaps.

Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State: Had two special teams tackles while playing two defensive snaps and 22 on special teams.


RAIDERS 27, TEXANS 20

Oakland

Keith McGill, DB, Utah: Played 15 special teams snaps.

Donald Penn, T, Utah State: Started at left tackle and played all 53 Raiders offensive snaps and five on special teams.

Sean Smith, CB, Utah: Started at cornerback and had two solo tackles while playing 72 defensive snaps.

On practice squad: James Cowser, LB/DE, Southern Utah and Davis High

Houston

Tony Bergstrom, C, Utah and Skyline High: Played one offensive snap and four on special teams.

Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, Timpview High: Started at left guard and played all 76 Texans offensive snaps.

Comings and goings

On Tuesday, wide receiver Dres Anderson (Utah) was signed to the Bears’ practice squad.

On Friday, offensive guard/tackle Jeremiah Poutasi (Utah) was elevated to the Jaguars’ active roster from the team’s practice squad.

On Wednesday, defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (Utah and Copper Hills High) was claimed off waivers by the Buccaneers one day after being waived by the Seahawks.

Total locals on rosters (as of Tuesday, Nov. 22): 60, 43 on active rosters, nine on practice squads and eight on injured reserve.