Despite a few players on byes, it was still a busy week for former Maryland players in the NFL. Stefon Diggs once again made headlines with a great performance in the nation’s capital, and set a new NFL record in the process. There were some duds like usual, but anything is better than what the current Terps did on Saturday.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
In his homecoming, Diggs had another electric performance. He had 13 catches for 164 yards in a 26-20 loss to the Redskins, tying the team record he set for receptions last week. According to Elias Sports, he became the first NFL player ever to have 13 catches or more in consecutive games.
Despite growing up just 30 minutes from FedEx Field, Diggs said after the game he wasn’t a Redskins fan growing up because his dad was a Cowboys fan.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
Davis had another solid showing in the very same game, catching three passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins’ win over the Vikings. He left the field after a 15 yard reception late in the first quarter, but came back later in the drive to catch this 38 yard touchdown.
Even with Jordan Reed back, Davis has remained a weapon for quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Sean Davis, CB; Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Davis made his way into the lineup again this week and recorded six tackles in the Steelers 35-30 loss to the Cowboys. But he once again made a costly mistake, getting called for a facemask the play before Ezekiel Elliott’s game winning touchdown.
Heyward-Bey was ruled out this week after suffering a foot injury last week against the Ravens.
Nolan Carroll, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
Carroll suffered a concussion in the first half of the Eagles’ 24-15 win over the Falcons. According to NJ.com, Carroll was trying to make a tackle when he got hit, and stayed on the ground for a few minutes before walking off under his own power. He’ll enter the league’s concussion protocol, and his status for next week is up in the air.
Nick Novak, K, Houston Texans
Novak had his worst week of the season on Sunday, hitting all three of his extra points but missing two field goals in the Texans’ 24-21 win over the Jaguars. He missed from 49 and 50 yards in the first half, which would have given the Texans additional cushion on their 14-10 halftime lead.
But he came back and hit a 51-yard field goal in the fourth quarter that extended the Texans’ lead to 24-13.
Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Smith had another quiet performance on Sunday, catching just two passes for 26 yards in the 49ers’ 23-20 loss to the Cardinals. He’s had to deal with inconsistent quarterback play but has also had to deal with a nagging back injury the past few weeks, according to the SFGate.
Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ngakoue made just one tackle and deflected a pass in the Jaguars loss to the Texans. The Jaguars defense held Houston to just 273 yards, but gave up 181 and couldn’t get a stop at the end of the game.
Dexter McDougle, CB, New York Jets
After spending most of the season on the practice squad, the Jets promoted McDougle to their active roster on Tuesday. He dressed for Sunday’s game against the Rams but did not record a tackle.
Darius Kilgo, DT, Denver Broncos
Kilgo was active Sunday but did not record a tackle in the Broncos’ 25-23 win over the Saints. It’s been hard for Kilgo to get playing time this season, as he’s stuck behind Sylvester Williams on the depth chart.