Besides Stefon Diggs setting a Minnesota Vikings record with 13 catches, it was a quiet weekend for former Maryland players now in the NFL, but it wasn’t as bad as the one the current Terps suffered in Ann Arbor.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Diggs had a historic day Sunday, catching a Vikings-record 13 passes for 80 yards in a 22-16 loss to the Lions. He also had a run for 12 yards and returned three punts after punt returner Marcus Sherels suffered an ankle injury.
After a few disappointing weeks, Diggs looks to be back on track towards a career year. The same cannot be said for the Vikings, who have lost three straight since starting 5-0.
D’Qwell Jackson, LB, Indianapolis Colts
Jackson made seven tackles in the Colts’ 31-26 win over the Packers. The Colts’ defense has struggled this season and almost blew this game as well, as Green Bay scored on its final two drives before the offense ran out the clock.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR; Sean Davis, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers
After scoring a touchdown in the previous two games, Heyward-Bey was carted off the field with what head coach Mike Tomlin called a mid-foot injury. According to PennLive, the wide receiver had just beaten two defensive backs downfield and couldn’t bring in the pass before a Ravens player fell on his leg. If the injury is serious, Heyward-Bey would become the fourth former Maryland player this season to miss time due to injury.
Davis returned to the field and made three tackles, but committed a huge error in the third quarter on special teams. The rookie stepped outside instead of blocking Buck Allen on a punt, which resulted in a blocked punt by Allen and a touchdown for the Ravens.
Nolan Carroll, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
Carroll made three tackles in the Eagles’ 28-23 loss to the Giants. Although that number seems small, he helped hold Odell Beckham Jr to just four catches (but two were for touchdowns) and made a ridiculous interception on a pass intended for the superstar wide receiver in the fourth quarter.
Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
After catching a touchdown in the 49ers’ last game, Smith was back to his woeful production this week, catching just two passes for 18 yards. There were rumors that the team was looking to trade Smith at the deadline, but nothing happened and Smith said he’s “committed to everybody in the locker room.”
Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ngakoue recorded just one tackle, but still had three hits on Chiefs quarterback Nick Foles. The Jaguars defense gave up just 231 yards, but their offense turned it over times and they lost 19-14.
Jon Condo, LS, Oakland Raiders
Condo was once again steady on the field Sunday, but his punter is once again making headlines. After a punt Sunday, Marquette King celebrated by riding an imaginary pony. You may remember King from earlier this year when he turned a bad snap on a 4th and 24 into a first down.
Darius Kilgo, DT, Denver Broncos
Kilgo was inactive for the first time all season Sunday. He’s struggled to find time on the Broncos defensive line, so this isn’t totally surprising.