Although Week 1 of the NFL season kicked off Thursday with the Falcons and Eagles playing a snoozefest of a football game, the slate of 13 games on Sunday featured close contests, historic comebacks and, most importantly, plenty of Terps in action.
Among the 10 Maryland alumni to open this season on NFL rosters, Stefon Diggs was the star of Week 1 with his contributions to the Vikings’ 24-16 victory over the 49ers. Diggs caught three passes for 43 yards and had a beautiful 22-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. He also had one rushing attempt for eight yards.
Asides from Diggs, nearly every other Terp in the NFL had a quiet Week 1. Here’s the roundup:
- Yannick Ngakoue was practically non-existent on the stat sheet during Jaguars’ 20-15 road win over the Giants, finishing with only one total tackle. But he made his presence felt, blowing past New York offensive lineman Ereck Flowers numerous times. Ngakoue also nearly ripped off Saquon Barkley’s head with a facemask penalty that went viral.
- Vernon Davis had one reception for nine yards in the Redskins 24-6 win over the Cardinals
- Torrey Smith recorded one catch for 15 yards in his Panthers debut, a 16-8 win over the Cowboys.
- Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey saw no action during his team’s 21-21 tie with the Browns, but Pittsburgh’s safety, Sean Davis, had five combined tackles and two pass deflections. He had an interception that was nullified by a penalty.
- Seahawks DE Quinton Jefferson had three combined tackles in a 27-24 loss to the Broncos.
- None of the three rookie Terps registered much of an impact in their NFL debuts. Panthers fifth-round pick Jermaine Carter Jr. had 16 special teams snaps, while first-round pick DJ Moore had one rush for 3 yards and a punt return for 15 yards. Patriots cornerback JC Jackson was inactive for their game against the Texans.
While most of the NFL players from Maryland had quiet season debuts, it’s encouraging for fans to see Terps making impacts on the field on both Saturdays and Sundays.