What a week it was for Terps in the NFL. Week 3 provided some big plays plays from several Maryland alumni, and as we do every week, TSR is here to break down their performances.
Multiple Terps found the end zone this weekend, while another helped his team nearly pitch a shutout overseas. Minnesota Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs continued to show that he’s perhaps the most talented Terp to enter the NFL in quite some time with his second dominant performance in the first three weeks of the season.
Without further ado, here’s a look at how former Maryland football players performed in Week 3 of the NFL regular season.
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Vernon Davis -- Washington Redskins, TE
Whenever starting tight end Jordan Reed can’t go for the Washington Redskins, which seems far too often, you can count on former Terps great Vernon Davis to pick up the slack and have a solid game.
Washington had itself a great game all around, smacking the Oakland Raiders in the mouth from the jump at FedEx Field. Besides a dominating performance by the Redskins defense against what is considered one of the NFL’s most talented offenses and a stellar run game, Davis’ second-quarter touchdown also went a long way in helping Washington seal a victory on Sunday Night Football.
Here’s a look at Davis’ 18-yard touchdown reception from Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and ensuing celebration.
— NFL (@NFL) September 25, 2017
Davis finished the game with five receptions for 58 yards and his first touchdown of 2017.
Stefon Diggs -- Minnesota Vikings, WR
As we’ve already alluded to, it was quite a day for Diggs, who was strapped with the task of playing with his backup quarterback Case Keenum for the second straight week, as starter Sam Bradford continues to heal from a knee injury.
Diggs posted seven receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns in Minnesota’s season opener on Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints. But he outdid himself in Week 3 by hauling in eight receptions for 173 yards and two more touchdowns, helping the Vikings trounce the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home, 34-17.
Diggs is now leading the league with four receiving touchdowns and is third in the NFL with 293 receiving yards.
Despite his 6-foot, 191-pound stature, Diggs also showed off his catch radius and leaping ability on his first touchdown.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 24, 2017
His second score showcased the speed that Terps fans became accustomed to seeing from Diggs while he was in College Park.
As one of Jacksonville’s most integral pass rushers, Ngakoue has yet to top his dominant Week 1 performance, but he and the Jaguars enjoyed themselves a dominant overall game in Week against the Baltimore Ravens in London.
Jacksonville beat Baltimore 44-7 and the Ravens didn’t get on the board until late in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars defensive front had its way with a depleted Ravens offensive line, and Ngakoue contributed by chipping in two tackles and one tackle for loss.
In his second year, Ngakoue has already become a key cog to a defense that is trending upward. He now has seven tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery through the first three games.
Smith continues to see targets as one of the starting receivers in Philadelphia and he has been good but not great so far this year for the Eagles. In a game where Philadelphia’s wide receivers as a whole didn’t do much, Smith had four receptions for 29 yards on five targets. His catch percentage is an improvement from the week before when he only caught four of his eight targets, but Smith continues to let balls go through his hands in critical situations. Smith did, however, draw a defensive pass interference call on a deep throw from Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz that helped set up a game-tying touchdown for Philly in the fourth quarter of their home opener against the Giants. In the end, Smith helped his team earn a crucial NFC East win.
Sean Davis -- Pittsburgh Steelers, SS
Davis suffered an ankle injury in the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-17 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday after recording just one tackle. Davis played 39 snaps on defense and seven on special teams before exiting the game and was only able to come up with the lone tackle. He has been somewhat ineffective on the backend of Pittsburgh’s defense this year, and he could eventually lose his starting job to J.J. Wilcox, who played pretty well as Davis’ replacement in Week 3.