Scarlet Knights in the NFL: Week 12

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Week 12 – also known as Thanksgiving week in the NFL – was this past weekend. Plenty of players across the league used to call Rutgers their home. These Scarlet Knights scratch and claw every week for their opportunity, just how they used to for Rutgers on Saturdays.

Rutgers fans know these boys make them proud with their hard work on the field each week. Let’s take a look at where the former Scarlet Knights are and how they performed in Week 12.

Knights on the mend

Unfortunately, there are a few former Scarlet Knights who are either recovering from injuries and are sitting out, or they were put on Injured Reserve because their injuries were a little more serious. Those players will look to make an impact again soon:

McCourty has already been ruled out the rest of the season. Joseph-Day is set for surgery for a pec injury and his potential to return this season is still up in the air. Kroft will be first eligible to return on December 5. Reports on Sanu’s knee sprain are that he will be out for “a while.” Fans of the Scarlet Knights and us here at Rutgers Wire wish a speedy recovery to all.

Blessuan Austin - Cornerback - Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks defensive back Blessuan Austin (36) runs during an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 in Landover. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)

Blessuan Austin played his first defensive snaps of the season last week, but in Week 12 the Seahawks got a tad healthier which led to him returning to his normal workload. Austin recorded time on four special teams plays (17 percent).

Next week, Seattle takes on division rival San Francisco in the first week co-former Scarlet Knight Mohamed Sanu could return from injured reserve (IR).

Michael Burton - Fullback - Kansas City Chiefs

Michael Burton and the Chiefs had their bye week in Week 12, so everyone had a chance to get extra prepared and heal up.

Kansas City (7-4) will stay at home as the Denver Broncos (6-5) come to town next week for a divisional matchup that could determine who is in first in the AFC West at the end of the week.

Andrew DePaola - Long Snapper - Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings took on the San Francisco at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in Week 12. As the Long Snapper, Andrew DePaola mostly gets opportunities on special teams. This week was no different, as he recorded time on six snaps (21 percent), all on special teams. Minnesota dropped the contest 34-26.

DePaola’s team travels to Detroit to take on the winless Lions.

Clark Harris - Long Snapper - Cincinnati Bengals

Nov 28, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals long snapper Clark Harris (46) reacts with tight end C.J. Uzomah (87) after the field goal is good against in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Clark Harris‘ Bengals took on AFC North rival Steelers in Week 12. Cincinnati took care of Pittsburgh handedly, 41-10. Harris saw the field for 10 plays, 36 percent of the special teams total plays.

The Bengals stay at home in week 13 as the Los Angeles Chargers come to town. There are only three teams with more wins in the AFC.

Duron Harmon - Safety - Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons safety Duron Harmon (21) runs to the ball during an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

The Atlanta Falcons and Duron Harmon traveled to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 12.The Falcons won by one score, 21-14.

Harmon had an impactful game. He played 76 total plays: 72 on defense, and four on special teams. Harmon recorded an interception and a pass deflection. He also added two tackles in the win.

The Falcons travel back home to Atlanta to take on their NFC South rival and reigning Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 13.

Jonah Jackson - Offensive Line - Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions center Evan Brown (63) and guard Jonah Jackson (73) break off the line against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Jonah Jackson‘s winless Detroit squad played on Thanksgiving as they do every season. They lost again 16-14, this time to the struggling Chicago Bears.

Jackson played 100 percent of his team’s offensive snaps again. He added 3 special teams plays for 52 total snaps.

Detroit looks to get their first victory as they return home to take on former Scarlet Knight Andrew DePaola and the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13.

Devin McCourty - Safety - New England Patriots

New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty (32) defends during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Devin McCourty and the surprisingly good Pats hosted the Tennessee Titans in Week 12. They blew out the Titans 36-13 and McCourty had a strong performance.

Devin finished with five total tackles. He also added a pass deflection. McCourty finished the game with 59 snaps on defense, accounting for 94 percent of the defensive snaps.

New England travels to Buffalo to take on the Bills in prime time on Monday night.

Logan Ryan – Cornerback – New York Giants

Logan Ryan returned from the Injured Reserve in Week 12. He and the New York Football Giants took on their NFC East counterpart Philadelphia Eagles this past weekend in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants took down their rivals 13-7.

Ryan once against played every defense snaps for his squad. He also recorded another nine tackles, same total as the week prior. The Giants head down south to take on Miami on the road in week 13.

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