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A Bengals third-round draft selection in 2016, Vigil is slotted to hold Cincinnati’s No. 1 SLB position for second straight season after spending his rookie season in backup role ... Was leading Bengals in snaps (759) and tackles (77) by wide margins through 11 games last season, but an ankle injury suffered on Nov. 26 vs. Cleveland held him out of the next three games, and a back injury landed him on Reserve/Injured for the final two contests ... Despite the missed time, he finished season ranked fifth on the team in snaps and fourth in tackles ... Also had a sack, INT, five PDs and two special teams tackles.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2016 NFL Draft (87th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-10-16.
2017 highlights: Played in 11 games with 11 starts ... Inactive for Games 12-14 with an ankle injury ... Placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Dec. 22 due to back injury ... Finished fourth on the team with 77 tackles, including one sack and four TFLs ... Added one INT, five PDs, and two special teams tackles ... Led LBs in PDs ... Recorded first career INT on Sept. 10 vs. Baltimore early in the third quarter ... Had season-high 11 tackles on Oct. 1 at Cleveland, including one sack of Browns QB DeShone Kizer ... Had three games in which he recorded nine tackles — on Sept. 10 vs. Baltimore, on Oct. 8 vs. Buffalo, and on Nov. 5 at Jacksonville.
Previous seasons: 2016—Played in Games 1-16 ... Logged 14 tackles on defense and seven on special teams ... Third on team in special teams snaps (306) ... Logged his first two tackles on defense Nov. 20 vs. Buffalo Season-high 37 defensive snaps and six tackles on Jan. 1 vs. Baltimore, and also logged a PD ... Led team in defensive tackles (17) in preseason, with one INT.
College: Played three seasons (2013-15) at Utah State, with 30 starts among his 40 games played ... Redshirt year in 2012 ... Totaled 324 tackles, ranked 13th in school history, and had 15.5 sacks ... Also used as a situational running back in his last two seasons, gaining 169 yards on 47 carries (3.6), with four TDs ... Named first-team All-Mountain West in each of his last two seasons ... Only FBS player credited with at least nine tackles in every game in ’15 ... In ’14, against Brigham Young, he started on both offense (RB) and defense (LB) and was the only player in the nation on the season to lead his team in rushing yards (57) and tackles (nine) in the same game.
Personal: Hometown is Plain City, Utah (near Ogden) ... Attended Fremont High School in Plain City, Utah, where he was named the state’s Class 5A Most Valuable Player as a two-way senior ... As team advanced to runner-up state finish, he rushed for 1309 yards (6.2 average) with 13 TDs and also had 300 receiving yards plus 61 tackles and an INT ... Scored 45 career TDs, with 3653 all-purpose yards ... Also lettered in basketball ... Earned Utah State degree in sociology, and earned academic All-Mountain West honors ... Brother, Zach, was an All-America LB at Utah State and has played in NFL for Miami and Washington.