The Washington Redskins took down the Carolina Panthers 23-17 on Sunday, bringing both teams to 3-2 for the season. This contest featured four of Maryland football’s 10 former players on NFL rosters, and three of those Terps made significant impacts on the game.
Wide receiver DJ Moore, the Panthers’ first-round pick this April, had a roller coaster of a Sunday that started with disaster. The rookie fumbled twice, first on a punt return deep in Carolina territory and again later in the first half after a 17-yard catch-and-run. But he bounced back and had the most productive offensive performance of his young career, tallying four catches for 59 yards.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of him, the way he continued to fight after that,” fellow Carolina wideout and Maryland alum Torrey Smith said after the game. “It shows a lot about him. It’s important for his development long-term to experience those things and to overcome it.”
Another former Terrapin, Vernon Davis, was the ultimate beneficiary of Moore’s first fumble. The tight end put the Redskins on the board with a 22-yard touchdown reception from Alex Smith. Washington would take a 17-0 lead before the Panthers clawed their way back into the game. Torrey Smith hauled in a three-yard pass from Cam Newton for Carolina’s second touchdown, which was followed by a two-point conversion to make it a 20-17 game. Both Smith and Moore made catches on the Panthers’ final drive, which came up just short.
Smith caught five passes for 43 yards and a touchdown, while Davis led Washington with 48 yards and a score on his three receptions. Rookie linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. played mostly on special teams and didn’t record any stats.
Here’s how the rest of the Maryland alumni in the NFL fared:
- Yannick Ngakoue had easily his best game of the season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, recording two sacks, three tackles for loss and four total tackles against the Cowboys. Ngakoue entered Sunday with just five tackles all year, but he’s now got four sacks in his last three contests.
- Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs had one of his quietest games of the season, posting three catches for 33 yards, but Minnesota still cruised past the Cardinals, 27-17.
- Steelers safety Sean Davis recorded one solo tackle in Pittsburgh’s dramatic 28-21 win over the Bengals. His teammate, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, missed the game with an ankle injury.
- Quinton Jefferson recorded three total tackles, two solo tackles for loss, half a sack and two quarterback hits as the Seahawks’ defense swarmed Raiders quarterback Derek Carr all game in London. Seattle sacked Carr six times in its 27-3 win.
- Titans defensive tackle Darius Kilgo played 20 defensive snaps but didn’t record any stats in Tennessee’s 21-0 loss to the Ravens.
- Patriots rookie corner JC Jackson didn’t record any stats in New England’s wild 43-40 win over Kansas City on Sunday night.
No former Terps will play in Monday night’s game between the Packers and 49ers. Jefferson’s Seahawks and Davis and Heyward-Bey’s Steelers are idle next week, but the rest of these players will be back in action.