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Maryland in the NFL: Nick Novak gets cut, Stefon Diggs is good

Catch up with the former Terrapins who are playing on Sundays.

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One more week until the real thing! This weekend was the last weekend of the pre-season and numerous former Terps had good games. As the pre-season comes to a conclusion, teams also had to cut guys in order to meet roster size specifications, leaving a few former Terps looking for spots on a new team.

Jon Condo, LS, Oakland Raiders

Last week's stats: Two tackles (one solo)

Condo got in on the stat sheet action this week after recording 2 tackles on special teams plays. He also had a busy day in the punting game as the Raiders punted the ball five times in their 21-31 loss to Seattle. Condo will be a steady special teams player this year for Oakland, being called one of the best long snappers in the league.

Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, OLB, Tennesee Titans

Last week's stats: DNP (Hamstring)

Cudjoe-Virgil has yet to recover from his hamstring strain that he suffered a couple weeks ago. While he didn't get cut, he was placed on the injured reserve along with one other player for the Titans. Hopefully Cudjoe-Virgil is able to recover soon from his injury, although hamstring injuries tend to nag players. He had been getting reps with the first team defense before going down.

Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers

Last week's stats: None

Davis did not record a catch this pre-season but many remain hopeful that he will have a bounce back year after a disappointing 2014 campaign. The 49ers played a majority of their reserves (as is usual) in their last pre-season game and have been using the pre-season to get other tight ends some looks. SB Nation broke down what Vernon Davis is worth for fantasy owners and remains hopeful he will be utilized in San Francisco's offense as they lack many proven pass catchers.

Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Last week's stats: Eight catches, (nine targets), 85 yards (10.6 yards per catch, 16 yard long), one receiving TD, one punt return, 29 yards

Insert Stefon Diggs highlight here. Sorry for the repetitiveness but Diggs has had himself quite the pre-season, putting together some sort of highlight play each and every week. He finished the pre-season with 15 receptions for 174 receiving yards, and 413 all-purpose yards-all of which were team highs.

Cole Farrand, LB, New York Giants

Last week's stats: Four tackles (three solo)

Farrand had another solid outing in the Giants 12-9 victory over the Patriots. However, unfortunately for Farrand, he did not make the Giants active roster to begin the season. He did get signed to the 10 man practice squad which means he could potentially be added to the active roster down the road.

AJ Francis, DT, Miami Dolphins

Last week's stats: One tackle (one solo, for a loss)

Francis earned a spot on the Dolphins roster, making an NFL team for the first time in his career after spending his first three year's in the league on various practice squads. Francis had a great pre-season, earning reps with an already talented Dolphins front line. Francis should see solid playing time this year for a Dolphins team that should compete in the AFC East.

Erin Henderson, LB, New York Jets

Last week's stats: DNP (MCL sprain)

Henderson missed the Jets final pre-season game, making it his third consecutive game missed due to an MCL sprain. He did however make the Jets roster which is good for the seven year veteran looking to revamp his career.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Last week's stats: None

Heyward-Bey didn't record a catch in the Steelers 6-23 loss to the Panthers but that shouldn't discourage the former Maryland product from having a good year this season in Pittsburgh. Ben Roethlisberger was interviewed recently and believes that Heyward-Bey will have a great year for the black and gold. It seems like he has been in the league forever, but he is still only 28. Plenty of time to turn around his career.

Shaun Hill, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Last week's stats: DNP

Hill didn't see any action this weekend as Taylor Heinicke got every rep for the Vikings. Heinicke played well throwing for nearly 300 yards and two touchdowns but Hill is still the likely backup to Teddy Bridgewater this year.

D'Qwell Jackson, LB, Indianapolis Colts

Last week's stats: None

Jackson did not get on the stat sheet in the Colts last pre-season game. Jackson will look to anchor a Colts defense that will try and propel Indianapolis to another Super Bowl this year.

Darius Kilgo, NT, Denver Broncos

Last week's stats: None

"Rookie earned his spot with a no-nonsense approach and flashed in the pass rush." -Jeff Egwold, ESPN

Kilgo has cemented himself as a legitimate pass rushing threat on the Broncos defensive line this year after getting drafted late this draft. He didn't record a tackle for Denver as they lost 20-22 against the Cardinals however he will be a big contributor to the Broncos this season.

Dexter McDougle, CB, New York Jets

Last week's stats: One tackle (one solo)

McDougle will look to contend for a starting spot for an above average Jets secondary. McDougle was hurt last year but has come back strong this pre-season and is impressing his coaches and teammates. Check out this article on McDougle from the Jets team website.

Nick Novak, K, San Diego Chargers (Waived)

Last week's stats: None

In a somewhat surprise move, the Chargers decided to waive veteran kicker Novak after multiple, solid seasons in San Diego. Novak had a good pre-season, outperforming rookie kicker Josh Lambo in all but one game. However it seems San Diego is going with youth over experience. Novak has proven himself to be a reliable kicker in the league so it is not out of the question for him to get picked up by another team soon.

Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Last week's stats: None

Smith did not record a catch this week but the 49ers seemed to rest most of their starters during their 14-12 loss to the Chargers. Smith had a quiet pre-season and is looking to get his legs under him in his first year in San Francisco. It will be interesting to see how Smith performs this year as he has homerun play capability and has been a solid receiver so far in his career.

Randy Starks, DL, Cleveland Browns

Last week's stats: None

Starks did not find the stat sheet last weekend but will look to anchor a Browns defensive line that is looking to help propel a young offense to some wins this year. Starks was picked up in the off-season by the Browns and did not play the previous weekend either, but should prove to be a valuable pick up for Cleveland.