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Terps in the NFL: Ty Johnson has career performance

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Here’s how former Terps performed in Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season.

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New York Jets running back Ty Johnson had one of the best games of his career on Sunday.

Johnson ran the ball four times for 15 yards, behind starter Michael Carter, against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals entered the game as the No. 1 team in the AFC.

The third-year running back stood out in the passing game with backup quarterback Mike White starting for the injured Zach Wilson. Johnson caught five passes for a career-high 71 yards and he also registered his first career receiving touchdown.

He used impressive agility and balance to remain in bounds and break a few tackles to cross the pylon and he built off of a great performance last week when he caught six passes for 65 yards.

In the past two games, Johnson has 11 receptions on 13 targets for 136 yards and a touchdown.

He’s continued to get better and has gotten more playing time throughout this season under Jets first-year head coach Robert Saleh.

The former Terp helped lead the Jets to a shocking 34-31 victory over first-place Cincinnati to improve to 2-5. New York will travel to take on the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football next week. Johnson will look to shine in primetime.

Other Performers

  • Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs shined after last week’s bye. Diggs caught five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown on seven targets from quarterback Josh Allen. It was just his third touchdown of the season, but it might help him get back on track in that department. Diggs was second on the team in receiving yards behind Cole Beasley’s 110 yards on Sunday in the 26-11 win over Miami. He led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards last season, but currently sits 19th in receptions and 22nd in receiving yards through seven games played.
  • Carolina Panthers linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. continues to be impactful on defense. He recorded six tackles, three solo tackles and a career-high two quarterback hits. His six total tackles were second on the team this week. Carter now has five career quarterback hits and had two in a game for the first time. He appeared in 92% of the Panthers’ defensive snaps on Sunday in the 19-13 win over Atlanta. He left during the game and was evaluated for a potential head injury but was cleared to return and produced, yet again.
  • Panthers wideout D.J. Moore had four receptions for 59 yards in Sunday’s win. Quarterback Sam Darnold left the game with a concussion, which forced Moore to adjust throughout the game. His longest reception was 23 yards and he was targeted eight times. Moore led Carolina in receptions, receiving yards, longest reception and targets in this game. Moore is tied for fifth in the NFL with Chris Godwin in receptions (50) and is sixth in the league in receiving yards (645).
  • New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson had another solid game in what was his eighth straight start. He totaled five tackles, four solo tackles and played in 90% of the Patriots’ defensive snaps. New England survived on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers and won 27-24. Jackson tied for second on the team in total tackles and solo tackles in this game.
  • Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage Jr. had another decent performance this week on Thursday Night Football. He totaled three tackles against Arizona in the 24-21 win. Savage played in 100% of the Packers’ defensive snaps for the sixth time in the last seven games and he has started in every game this season. Savage and the Packers will head to Kansas City next week.
  • Linebacker Josh Woods appeared on special teams again for Detroit this week. He made two tackles while making his sixth straight appearance for the Lions since coming over from Chicago. Detroit was routed by Philadelphia, 44-6, at home and fell to 0-8.
  • Second-year running back Anthony McFarland Jr. made his season debut on Sunday for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was activated earlier in the week and played in seven offensive snaps for Pittsburgh. McFarland rushed one time for one yard against Cleveland.
  • Offensive lineman Michael Dunn appeared in two special teams snaps for the Cleveland Browns this week. He did not record a stat, but made his fourth straight appearance. Cleveland fell to Pittsburgh, 15-10, at home.
  • Second-year safety Antoine Brooks Jr., like McFarland, made his season debut on Sunday, which was also his Los Angeles Rams debut. Brooks was elevated off of the practice squad prior to Sunday’s game and appeared in over half of the Rams’ special teams snaps but did not record a stat. Brooks is looking to remain on the Rams’ active roster this week prior to their Sunday Night Football contest against Tennessee.
  • Tight end Tyler Mabry was inactive for the Seattle Seahawks this week. The Seahawks pummeled Jacksonville.
  • Defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson and Yannick Ngakoue had a bye this week with the Las Vegas Raiders. They will head to East Rutherford to take on the New York Giants next week.
  • Linebacker Keandre Jones remained on the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad this week.
  • Safety Sean Davis remained on the Patriots’ practice squad this week.
  • Running back Trey Edmunds remained on the Steelers’ practice squad this week.
  • Offensive lineman Dewin Gray spent the week on the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad.
  • Defensive lineman Byron Cowart remained on the injured reserve/PUP for New England and became eligible to come off this week. He has not appeared this season, yet.
  • Rams rookie running back Jake Funk has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury that he suffered in Week Six.