There are six former Maryland Terrapins who are about to embark on their very first journey through an NFL preseason.
Best of luck to our 6 rookies at NFL training camp!— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) July 30, 2018
DJ Moore - @Panthers
Jermaine Carter, Jr. - @Panthers
Josh Woods - @ChicagoBears
Cavon Walker - @ChicagoBears
Kingsley Opara - @HoustonTexans
JC Jackson - @Patriots #ProTerps pic.twitter.com/f1oL83QUHg
DJ Moore headlines the group as Maryland football’s highest draft pick in years. He’s already making highlight plays in camp with the Carolina Panthers. His college-teammate-turned-pro-teammate Jermaine Carter, Jr. is impressing as well, but on defense.
Another pair of college teammates in the same professional organization are Josh Woods and Cavon Walker. Walker faces a tough battle to make the Bears’ 53-man roster on a crowded defensive line, and Woods was out of practice as recently as last Thursday.
Elsewhere, Kingsley Opara is in camp with the Houston Texans and JC Jackson is camping with the New England Patriots. Jackson is battling for a roster spot, while Opara seems like a practice squad candidate in Houston.
This is the most rookie Terps in the NFL since 2004, when 10 hit the league—five were drafted and five signed as undrafted free agents. The most former Maryland players to be NFL rookies in any given year was 1975, when Randy White headlined a group of 13 as the second overall pick.
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