Week 16 saw many former Arizona Wildcats in action. One rookie had a career day while another recorded his first career tackle. Meanwhile, three veterans continued to make their mark.
Will Parks, S (#34), Denver Broncos
2016 Stats: 21 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PBU
The rookie safety had a career game statistically. He did have some issues with Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce, but overall had a decent game. Parks had five tackles, including a TFL, in Denver’s dismal 33-10 loss.
Brooks Reed, LB/DE (#50), Atlanta Falcons
2016 Stats: 25 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 forced fumble
Reed continues to be a problem for offenses at the line of scrimmage. He had three tackles, including 0.5 TFL and a half sack, in Saturday’s 33-16 beating of the Carolina Panthers.
Trevin Wade, DB (#31), New York Giants
2016 Stats: 22 tackles and 3 PBU
For as much negativity that has been thrown Wade’s way, he has really played well the last few games. He had three tackles, including two huge third down stops, in New York’s 24-19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Earl Mitchell, DT (#90), Miami Dolphins
2016 Stats: 17 tackles and 4.0 TFL
Mitchell had another solid game on Saturday against the Buffalo Bills. He continued to disrupt plays at the line of scrimmage and finished Miami’s 34-31 overtime win with two tackles and 0.5 TFL.
He also got blood all over his shoes:
Wasn't pretty but we got it done . Great team win! #battletested pic.twitter.com/6PGPr5MWZD— OrdinaryGentleman™ (@EarlMitchell90) December 24, 2016
Scooby Wright III, LB (#58), Arizona Cardinals
2016 Stats: 1 tackle
Scooby continues to see the field as he learns Arizona’s defense and works his way up the depth chart. He recorded his first career tackle Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks as the Cardinals won 34-31 on a last second field goal.
Nick Folk, K (#2), New York Jets
2016 Stats: FG: 24-for-28 with a long of 51 yards; PAT: 21-for-23
The Jets had a rough go of it on Saturday against the New England Patriots, losing 41-3. Those struggles actually made it over to the kicking game as well. Folk was only 1-for-2 in field goal attempts. He knocked a 29-yarder through but missed a 34-yarder in the second quarter.
Robert Golden, S (#21), Pittsburgh Steelers
2016 Stats: 34 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1 PBU
Golden did play in Pittsburgh’s thrilling 31-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, however, he had to leave the game early with an ankle injury. He is listed as questionable for this week and may be limited.
Marquis Flowers, LB (#53), Cincinnati Bengals
2016 Stats: 7 tackles
Flowers did not record any stats in Cincy’s 12-10 loss to the Houston Texans.
Ka’Deem Carey, RB (#25), Chicago Bears
2016 Stats: 32 car, 126 yds, 0 TD; 5 rec, 55 yds, 0 TD
Carey was inactive for the Bears’ 41-21 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Nick Foles, QB (#4), Kansas City Chiefs
2016 Stats: 36-for-55 410 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Foles did not see the field against the Broncos. And Andy Reid let a 340-pounder throw a TD pass to end that game instead of putting Foles in.
Rob Gronkowski, TE (#87), New England Patriots
2016 Stats: 25 rec, 540 yds, 3 TD
Gronk is on IR after season-ending back surgery.
Cayleb Jones, WR (#16), Minnesota Vikings
Early Wednesday morning, the Vikings announced that they signed Cayleb Jones to their practice squad. Jones confirmed it via his Twitter.
Minnesooootaaaaaa Football— Cayleb S Jones (@1caylebjones) December 28, 2016