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Maryland football in the NFL: D’Qwell Jackson, Yannick Ngakoue stand out in Week 3

Jackson had seven tackles, while Ngakoue had a strip sack.

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Following a huge performance last weekend from Stefon Diggs, it was a relatively quiet week for former Maryland football players in the NFL. Here’s how they did.

Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

After having a career game last weekend, Diggs had just four catches for 40 yards Sunday. He was second on the team with seven targets, finishing behind tight end Kyle Rudolph. Diggs should still be one of Bradford’s top targets, but that may not always mean production as teams begin to gameplan for him. Here is the obligatory Stefon Diggs tweet.

While you’re at it, check out this article about him wearing short shorts.

Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars

The rookie added another strip sack this week when he poked the ball loose from Joe Flacco in the second quarter. The Jaguars lost the game, but Ngakoue continues to make his presence known.

D’Qwell Jackson, LB, Indianapolis Colts

Jackson made seven tackles in the Colts’ 26-23 win over the Chargers. He also sealed the Colts’ first victory of the season when he recovered a fumble on the Chargers’ desperation lateral as time expired.

Sean Davis, S; Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

It was an ugly day for the Steelers, whose 34-3 loss to the Eagles was their worst since 1989. Davis recorded seven tackles, but five came against the run when running backs got through the front seven. He also failed to wrap up Darren Sproles on this play that led to a 73 yard touchdown.

Heyward-Bey continues to be a non-factor on offense and was targeted just once on Sunday.

Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Smith led the 49ers with three receptions for 35 yards in a 37-18 loss to Seattle. He couldn’t get any garbage time numbers after the 49ers went down 30-3, as Blaine Gabbert completed just 14 of 25 passes for 119 yards.

Nolan Carroll, CB, Philadelphia Eagles

Carroll made two tackles and deflected four passes in the Eagles’ rout of the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger was miserable all afternoon, as he was sacked four times, fumbled twice, and threw an interception. Carroll was a part of that effort.

Darius Kilgo, DT, Denver Broncos

Kilgo made one solo tackle and had an assist on a tackle last week. I mentioned his performance last week here since I forgot about him last week (whoops). Kilgo was on the field for just seven snaps this week, but he made it count.

Jon Condo, LS, Oakland Raiders

Condo saw the field maybe too much this Sunday, as the Raiders punted seven times in a 17-10 win over the Titans. Luckily for the offense, Oakland’s defense forced three turnovers on the way to the unit’s fewest points given up since 2010.

Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins

Davis did not have a catch this week after hauling in five last Sunday. He’s the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart behind Jordan Reed, so expect his production to fluctuate from week to week.

Nick Novak, K, Houston Texans

Novak only saw the field once on Thursday, putting a kickoff to the Patriots 2 in a 27-0 loss. The Texans gained just 282 yards and turned the ball over three times, so he didn’t have opportunities.

Quinton Jefferson, DT, Seattle Seahawks

Jefferson was inactive Sunday. According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Jefferson is still battling a hand injury he suffered in Week 1.

Erin Henderson, LB, New York Jets

Henderson was inactive after he injured his foot last week against the Bills. He was listed as questionable on the injury report, but didn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Darron Lee, who may cut in to Henderson’s playing time.