What Tyler Huntley has shown about his ability to play at a high level in the NFL
A look at how the former Utah star quarterback performed in his latest effort in relief of Lamar Jackson, plus a roundup of all Utah ties during Week 14 of the season
In recent weeks, former Utah star Tyler Huntley, of the Baltimore Ravens, has had his number called twice to fill in for starting quarterback Lamar Jackson.
The latest effort came on Sunday, after Jackson — the 2019 NFL MVP — left the Ravens’ 24-22 loss early in the second quarter with an ankle injury.
Huntley nearly helped rally Baltimore from a 24-3 deficit, though the Ravens’ final drive ended up in a turnover on downs after they recovered an onside kick with 1:15 to play after trimming its deficit to two.
It’s unclear at this point whether the Ravens, who currently sit atop the AFC North with an 8-5 record, will need to call Huntley’s number again if Jackson’s ankle sprain keeps him out.
Baltimore hosts the NFC’s current No. 1 seed, the Green Bay Packers, this Sunday in a game full of playoff implications.
“The plans are right now, in my mind, for Lamar to be out there,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters Monday, about Jackson’s availability for the game against the Packers. “So, we’ll see where it goes this week. If he can go, he’ll go. If not, Tyler will be the quarterback. That’s where we’re at.”
Huntley looks solid after stepping in for Jackson against Browns
Huntley impressed members of both the Ravens and Browns with his play Sunday.
“(We have a) great deal of confidence (in Tyler). Absolutely. The guys are confident in Tyler. He has proven himself now in two different games,” Harbaugh told reporters postgame.
Huntley completed 27 of 38 passes for 270 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, and he also ran for 45 yards on six carries.
“He did a great job on (making plays with his legs),” Harbaugh added. “He threw the ball well. ... He did the things that were required to move the ball and score points. He played a good football game.”
Huntley, though, did lose a pair of fumbles. One resulted in a defensive touchdown when Myles Garrett stripped him of the ball and returned it 15 yards for a score, and the other ended a promising drive that reached the Cleveland red zone.
Huntley had an impressive fourth quarter
Huntley gained a better command of the offense as the game wore on, however, and helped Baltimore outscore Cleveland 16-0 in the second half.
In the final two quarters, Huntley completed 21 of 29 passes for 225 yards and one touchdown and also had three carries for 29 yards.
He led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to make it a one-score game, though he threw an interception on a two-point conversion attempt after the first touchdown that, if successful, would have made it a 24-all game after the second touchdown.
On the first touchdown drive, Huntley completed back-to-back passes of 20 and 36 yards to set up a Latavius Murray 1-yard touchdown run.
Huntley later led Baltimore on a 90-yard scoring drive with under six minutes to play that featured two fourth-down conversions, including a beautifully thrown ball to the sidelines that resulted in a 30-yard gain to the Browns 8 on a pass to Rashod Bateman.
On the next play, Huntley hit tight end Mark Andrews over the middle for an 8-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 to play.
“He was slicing and dicing, man,” Andrews said of Huntley. “Obviously we wish we would’ve won this game, but for Snoop (Huntley’s nickname) and this offense and this team, we fought — we fought to the very end.”
Huntley and the Ravens ultimately came up short — after the successful onside recovery, Huntley was sacked on a second-and-10 play, and his pass to Bateman on fourth-and-6 was stopped well short of a first down.
Is Huntley much of a dropoff from Jackson?
Still, it was a kind of performance that had even the opposition noticing.
“Their skill sets are similar,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said of the comparison of Jackson and Huntley, per the Ravens website. “(Huntley) can throw it. He can make plays late in the down, as you saw. He is hard to get on the ground.”
And if Huntley is tasked with playing again in relief of Jackson, Ravens team writer John Eisenburg said it isn’t at all a “doomsday scenario” for a team fighting for playoff seeding.
“Maybe it’s premature to give Huntley so much credit because he is young and has barely played, but he looks like a more-than-able fill-in for Jackson, quite capable of giving the Ravens a chance to win,” Eisenburg wrote.
How Utah ties performed during Week 14
Several Utah ties made a significant impact during Week 14 of the NFL season. Here’s a look at how local ties performed:
Vikings 36, Steelers 28
- Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State and Fremont High: 1 tackle; 31 snaps (10 on defense, 21 on special teams).
- Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah: 2 solo tackles, 1 tackle for loss; 28 snaps (6 on defense, 22 on special teams).
Falcons 29, Panthers 21
- No locals on roster.
- Brady Christensen, OT, BYU and Bountiful High: Started at right guard; 67 snaps (64 on offense, 3 on special teams).
Browns 24, Ravens 22
- Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU: Started at linebacker; 32 snaps (6 on defense, 26 on special teams).
- JoJo Natson, WR/Ret., Utah State: 3 punt returns, 15 yards, 1 kickoff return, 21 yards; 9 snaps (1 on offense, 8 on special teams).
- Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah: completed 27 of 38 passes, 270 yards, 1 touchdown, 6 carries, 45 yards, 2 fumbles lost; sacked 3 times; 64 snaps (all on offense).
- Ty’Son Williams, RB, BYU: 10 snaps (all on special teams).
Seahawks 33, Texans 13
- Cody Barton, LB, Utah and Brighton High: 20 snaps (1 on defense, 19 on special teams).
- Bryan Mone, DT, Highland High: 12 snaps (10 on defense, 2 on special teams) before leaving with an injury.
- Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: Started at linebacker; team-high 15 tackles (6 solo), 1 tackle for loss; 85 snaps (81 on defense, 4 on special teams).
- No locals on roster.
Chiefs 48, Raiders 9
- Marcus Kemp, WR, Layton High: 1 tackle; 22 snaps (4 on offense, 18 on special teams).
- Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Started at safety; 1 solo tackle, 2 pass deflections, including 1 that led to an interception; 65 snaps (57 on defense, 8 on special teams).
- Jackson Barton, OT, Utah and Brighton High: 3 snaps (all on offense).
- Andre James, C, Herriman High: Started at center; 63 snaps (all on offense).
- Dallin Leavitt, S, Utah State and BYU: 1 carry, 4 yards to convert a fake punt; 37 snaps (13 on defense, 24 on special teams).
Saints 30, Jets 9
- Kaden Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial High: Not active for game.
- Chase Hansen, LB, Utah and Lone Peak High: 24 snaps (all on special teams).
- Taysom Hill, QB, BYU: Started at quarterback; completed 15 of 21 passes, 175 yards, 11 carries, 73 yards, 2 touchdowns (both in the fourth quarter); sacked 3 times; 70 snaps (all on offense).
- Marcus Williams, FS, Utah: Started at safety; 5 tackles (4 solo); 66 snaps (all on defense).
- Javelin Guidry, CB, Utah: 4 tackles (3 solo); 56 snaps (46 on defense, 10 on special teams).
- Zach Wilson, QB, BYU and Corner Canyon High: Started at quarterback; completed 19 of 42 passes, 202 yards, 4 carries, 33 yards; sacked 3 times; 66 snaps (all on offense).
Titans 20, Jaguars 0
- No locals on roster.
- Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: 9 snaps (4 on defense, 5 on special teams).
- Jay Tufele, DT, Bingham High: Not active for game.
Cowboys 27, Football Team 20
- Francis Bernard, LB, Utah, BYU and Herriman High: 24 snaps (all on special teams).
- Simi Fehoko, WR, Brighton High: Not active for game.
- Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham High: 1 reception, 4 yards; 78 snaps (72 on offense, 6 on special teams).
- Dax Milne, WR, BYU and Bingham High: Not active for game.
- Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State and Jordan High: Started at center; 49 snaps (all on offense) before being carted off in the fourth quarter with an Achilles injury.
Broncos 38, Lions 10
- Garett Bolles, OT, Utah, Snow College and Westlake High: Started at left tackle; 74 snaps (68 on offense, 6 on special teams).
- Tim Patrick, WR, Utah: Started at wide receiver; 2 receptions, 21 yards; 52 snaps (all on offense).
- John Penisini, DL, Utah, Snow College and West Jordan High: 2 tackles; 21 snaps (15 on defense, 6 on special teams).
- Penei Sewell, OT, Desert Hills High: Started at right tackle; 63 snaps (all on offense).
Chargers 37, Giants 21
- Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Started at cornerback; 3 solo tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 4 pass deflections; 66 snaps (63 on defense, 3 on special teams).
- Alohi Gilman, S, Orem High: Not active for game with quad injury.
- Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: 8 carries, 56 yards, team-high 4 receptions, 28 yards; 28 snaps (all on offense).
49ers 26, Bengals 23
- Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Started at linebacker; 7 tackles (1 solo), 1 QB hurry; 68 snaps (67 on defense, 1 on special teams).
- Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: 7 punts with 41.6-yard average; 1 inside 20; 18 snaps (all on special teams).
- Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State: 12 snaps (all on special teams).
Buccaneers 33, Bills 27
- No locals on active roster.
- Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: Started at cornerback; 5 tackles (4 solo); 83 snaps (all on defense).
- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah, Snow College and Bingham High: Not active for game with a toe injury.
- Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Not active for game.
Packers 45, Bears 30
- Tipa Galeai, LB, Utah State: 3 tackles; 22 snaps (16 on defense, 6 on special teams).
- Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: Started at cornerback; 3 solo tackles, 1 pass deflection; 65 snaps (all on defense).
- Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State and Weber High: 11 snaps (all on special teams).
- Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU and Granger High: 27 snaps (11 on defense, 16 on special teams).
Rams 30, Cardinals 23
- Terrell Burgess, S, Utah: Started at safety; 1 tackle; 51 snaps (33 on defense, 18 on special teams).
- Matt Gay, K, Utah and Orem High: Made field goals of 55, 35 and 33 yards, made 3 of 3 point-after attempts; 13 snaps (all on special teams).
- Leki Fotu, DT, Utah and Herriman High: 1 solo tackle, 1 tackle for loss; 23 snaps (12 on defense, 11 on special teams).