After three weeks of strong performances from Maryland defensive players in the NFL, it was the offense’s turn this week. Three former Terps who have struggled this season scored touchdowns, the most Maryland players to score in one week this season. Here’s how each former Maryland player did this week:
Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
After struggling to get as much as a target over the past few weeks, Smith had three catches for 76 yards and a 53-yard touchdown on Sunday. Early in the second quarter, Kaepernick found a wide-open Smith on the right side of the field, and the wideout caught the under-thrown ball and ran past a defender for an easy touchdown.
For Smith to be a factor in the 49ers’ offense going forward, either Blaine Gabbert or Kaepernick will have to continue to look for him downfield.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
The veteran tight end caught two passes for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins 27-20 win over the Eagles. Kirk Cousins found Davis over the middle midway through the second quarter to give his team a 14-0 lead.
But more attention was focused on his celebration, as Davis was called for excessive celebration for shooting the ball through the goalpost.
Vernon Davis was penalized 15 yards for excessive celebration on this. Seriously. https://t.co/I81FGand5M— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 16, 2016
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Heyward-Bey did not have a catch on either of his two targets Sunday, but ran 60 yards to the end zone in the Steelers’ 30-15 loss to the Dolphins.
The eighth-year wideout has touched the ball just three times this season, but has two touchdowns.
Erin Henderson, LB, New York Jets
Henderson tied for the team-high in tackles with seven in the Jets’ 28-3 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Jets defense struggled in the loss, though, giving up nearly five yards per carry and allowing Carson Palmer to complete over 67 percent of his attempts.
D’Qwell Jackson, LB, Indianapolis Colts
Jackson had six tackles and a quarterback hit in the Colts’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Houston Texans. The Colts defense was solid through three quarters, but collapsed in the fourth, allowing back-to-back touchdown drives that forced overtime.
Nolan Carroll, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
Carroll made five tackles in the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to the Redskins. But Philadelphia’s defense struggled, allowing 493 yards, and the corner has had struggles of his own.
According to Philadelphia Magazine, Carroll is tied for the most defensive pass interference penalties. He also suffered a stinger on Sunday, and left the game for a few plays before returning to the field.
Nick Novak, K, Houston Texans.
Novak had an up-and-down game Sunday night. After hitting a 27-yard field goal in the first half, Novak missed an extra point in the second after a Texans’ touchdown that would have cut the lead to a field goal. But he recovered, hitting his other two extra points and the game-winning 36-yard field goal in overtime.
Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars
The rookie had another strong week, recording a tackle for loss, a sack, and two quarterback hits in the Jaguars’ 17-16 win over the Bears. For more on the solid start to his rookie campaign, check out this article from the Florida Times-Union.
Darius Kilgo, DT, Denver Broncos
Kilgo was active Thursday, but did not register any statistics in the Broncos’ 21-13 loss to the Chargers. He is part of the team’s defensive line rotation, but has seen less than 20 percent of snaps in each game this season, according to Mile High Report.
Sean Davis, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Davis was active but made no tackles on Sunday. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the rookie defensive back is switching his position back to safety after playing as the team’s slot corner for most of the season. Davis is now at the bottom of the depth chart at that position, so don’t expect him to see a lot of playing time unless the Steelers switch him back to corner.
Jon Condo, LS, Oakland Raiders
Condo had to handle some adverse weather conditions during the Raiders’ 26-10 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday as it rained in Oakland throughout the game. He was on the field six times for three punts, two field goals, and an extra point.