It was an up-and-down week for former Maryland players in the NFL. Quite a few Terps made their mark on the defensive side of the ball, but there were no standout offensive players. It didn’t help that Stefon Diggs was inactive, since he’s been the only consistent former Maryland offensive player. Here are the specifics on how each Maryland player did this week.
D’Qwell Jackson, LB, Indianapolis Colts
Jackson had his best game of the season, recording nine tackles and recovering a fumble in a 29-23 win over the Bears. After Andrew Luck threw a 35 yard touchdown to T.Y. Hilton for a 26-23 lead, Jackson recovered a fumble on the Bears’ first play from scrimmage on the next drive. The Colts went on to kick a field goal, extending the lead to 29-23.
Erin Henderson, LB, New York Jets
Henderson had his best game of the season in terms of tackles, making eight in a 31-13 loss to the Steelers. He made five tackles against Le’Veon Bell, and helped limit the Steelers to less than three yards a carry. However, the Jets' defense failed miserably against Ben Roethlisberger, who torched them for 380 yards and four touchdowns.
Sean Davis, S; Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Davis made six tackles and broke up a pass in the Steelers 31-13 win over the Jets. After dressing in case of an emergency last week, he is back to making an impact in the Steelers secondary.
Meanwhile, Heyward-Bey did not make a catch Sunday. He had a chance to carve out a role in the Steelers’ offense this season, but has lost ground to Eli Rogers and Sammie Coates.
Nolan Carroll, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
Carroll had three tackles in the Eagles' 24-23 loss to the Lions. He returned to Ford Field for the first since he broke his fibula there on Thanksgiving Day last season.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
Davis had three receptions for 15 yards on Sunday, an improvement over the previous two weeks, when he had just one catch for eight yards combined. He was also targeted four times, the second-highest total this season.
Nick Novak, K, Houston Texans
Novak made his only extra point and made two of three field goals in a 31-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He started off the day with a miss from 51 yards, but recovered to make a 30- and 38-yard field goal.
Darius Kilgo, DT, Denver Broncos
Kilgo made the most of his limited time on the field, recording a tackle and a quarterback hit in a 23-16 loss to the Falcons.
Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Smith was targeted just once on Sunday and did not make a catch. This is the third time he has been held without a catch as a 49er, and has not had more than three in a game this season. This may continue, as it appears that Blaine Gabbert has struggled to pass downfield, which is where Smith is at his best.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Diggs was inactive this week after not practicing due to a groin injury. Matt Thielen replaced him for the Vikings and had a career day, catching seven passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. Diggs is the the third former Terp to miss a game this season, along with Sean Davis and Quinton Jefferson.
Jon Condo, LS, Oakland Raiders
Condo was once again on the field for three punts, five field goals and two extra points in the Raiders' 34-31 win over the Chargers.