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Maryland’s NFL alumni continued a productive season in Week 8

Several former Terps excelled this weekend, and many have reached the halfway point in their respective seasons.

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Week 8 in the NFL concluded Monday night with JC Jackson’s New England Patriots defeating the Buffalo Bills, capping off another week of Terps excelling all over the field. With most NFL teams having reached the halfway mark in their respective seasons, let’s take a look at how each Terp has performed so far.

  • Vikings WR Stefon Diggs had a monster game in a losing effort against the Saints on Sunday Night Football, racking up 10 receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown. While he has been overshadowed by fellow wideout Adam Thielen, Diggs has four touchdown catches this season and is on pace to break 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career.
  • Panthers WR DJ Moore had a breakout game with over 100 all-purpose yards in a 36-21 win over the Ravens. He had five catches for 90 yards and two rushes for 39 yards. Moore started the season seeing few targets but he has seen his production ramp up in recent weeks, as he now has 18 receptions for 281 yards on the season.
  • Panthers WR Torrey Smith sat out this weekend’s game with a knee injury, enabling Moore to get his first career start. Smith only has 16 catches for 171 yards on the field, but the veteran has seemed to serve as mentor to Moore off the field.
  • Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue had two tackles, including a sack, during Jacksonville’s loss to the Eagles in London. While his numbers may not be as eye-popping as last season’s, Ngakoue still has five sacks and has proven to be a handful for offensive linemen.
  • Redskins TE Vernon Davis had another pedestrian week, recording one catch for 21 yards. Reunited with QB Alex Smith this year, Davis has been productive but clearly not the receiving monster he was in San Francisco. He only has 10 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown this season.
  • Panthers LB Jermaine Carter Jr. racked up a tackle during Carolina’s game this past Sunday. While he only has three tackles on the season, it’s been nice to see the fifth-round pick find some playing time on both defense and special teams in his rookie year.
  • Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey didn’t make it on the stat sheet during Sunday’s win against Cleveland. Heyward-Bey has been hobbled or inactive for much of the season, which serves as the reason why he only has two catches for 47 yards this year.
  • Steelers S Sean Davis excelled Sunday with five combined tackles on defense against the Browns. Davis has had a strong season with 31 combined tackles, but has yet to record an interception or forced fumble.
  • Seahawks DE Quinton Jefferson was quiet during Sunday’s win against Detroit, as he only had a single tackle. Overall, Jefferson has 11 combined tackles and a half-sack, which came last week against the Raiders.
  • Titans DL Darius Kilgo had a bye this weekend. Kilgo has seen action in three games since being promoted to the active roster, but hasn’t recorded a tackle.
  • Patriots CB JC Jackson had one tackle in the Patriots win over the Bills. Jackson has two tackles and two interceptions in five games for New England.

Ultimately, Week 8 was another great week for the Terps in the NFL. The season is only halfway over, which means these 11 players still have plenty of time to keep making impacts on Sundays in 2018.