Terps in the NFL: Former Maryland football stars produce in week three

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While Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs failed to record his third consecutive 100+ yard receiving game to start the 2022 NFL season, he was still the most productive former Terp on a field of the NFL in week three.

Four passes eluded him, but Diggs caught seven on 11 targets for 74 yards, averaging 10.57 yards per catch. For the first week of this season, he was not the Bills’ top receiver, and was actually their third receiver behind running back Devin Singletary and receiver Isaiah McKenzie.

Diggs faced a strong Miami Dolphins defense with cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Byron Jones. Although he had some great numbers, they weren’t enough to help the Bills win as they lost a nail-biter to the Dolphins, 21-19.

Two defensive linemen managed to open their sack accounts for the 2022 season, as Indianapolis Colts defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson each had their best games of the season. year.

Ngakoue played 68% of snaps defensively against the Chiefs and had a big impact on the edge for his first time at Indianapolis. He had two combination tackles, including a tackle for loss and a sack. To go along with those numbers, he also recorded two QB hits to help put pressure on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and earn a win, 20-17.

For Jefferson, he started his first game of the year and didn’t disappoint, making his first sack of the season. The defensive lineman also had two tackles, including a tackle for loss, and a QB hit while playing 56% of defensive snaps for the Seahawks in their 27-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

While Green Bay safety Darnell Savage may be allowing a 100% completion percentage when on cover this season and had just one tackle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, he still had a big impact on the Packers.

As the Bucs rolled down the field late in the first half, Tampa Bay wide receiver Breshad Perriman caught a pass and ran into midfield. But Packers linebacker Quay Walker was there to snatch the ball out of his hands, forcing a fumble that was quickly recovered by Savage. It was his first fumble recovery of the season, and a significant recovery as the Packers narrowly won, 14-12.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver DJ Moore played his worst game of the 2022 season against NFC South rival New Orleans Saints on Sunday. While he got six targets – the same number he did in weeks one and two – he was only able to make one catch for two yards. He actually produced more in the running game, where he had two carries for 13 yards, as the Panthers beat the Saints, 22-14.

Moore started this season with just 88 receiving yards in three games. He’ll have to pick up those numbers if he wants to have his fourth straight season with over 1,000 receiving yards.

After playing his first game of the season on Thursday Night Football in Week 2, Los Angeles Chargers cornerback JC Jackson did not play in the team’s 38-10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. in week three due to inflammation in his surgically repaired right ankle that sidelined him in the season opener.

Other performers

  • Rookie safety and third-round pick Nick Cross was benched for the Indianapolis Colts for the first time in his young career in Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Chiefs. He only played one defensive snap and five special teams snaps, and recorded no stats.
  • Tennessee Titans rookie tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo played a small role for his team in Week 3. He played ten offensive snaps and eight special teams snaps as the Titans beat the Las Vegas Raiders, 24-22.
  • Detroit Lions linebacker Josh Woods continued to make his mark on special teams on Sunday. He has now recorded at least one special teams tackle in every game this season, earning a solo tackle this weekend. Woods is clearly an integral special teams player for head coach Dan Campbell and the Lions, playing 57% of special teams snaps in the team’s 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
  • In the Browns’ 29-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, offensive lineman Michael Dunn started his first game of the season for Cleveland. He played 12 snaps as an eligible receiver and 14 offensive snaps overall, dropping his first holding penalty of the entire season. He also played in four special teams snaps in the team’s big win against rivals NFC North.
  • Running back Ty Johnson had extremely limited playing time for the New York Jets on offense against the Cincinnati Bengals. Johnson was on the field for just one offensive snap, and 38% of special teams broke as the Jets lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-12.
  • Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Byron Cowart didn’t record stats on Sunday, but did get some playing time. He played 14% of defensive snaps and 22% of special teams snaps in the upset. team against the Chiefs.
  • One of the best stories of the offseason, former Maryland lacrosse player and Atlanta Falcons rookie receiver Jared Bernhardt got even more involved in offensive plays against the Seattle Seahawks. He played seven snaps in the team’s 27-23 win over Seattle.
  • Running back Jake Funk was not part of the Rams’ offense against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, contributing by playing 64% of special teams snaps in a 20-12 win.
  • Running back Anthony McFarland Jr. was not recalled from the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad in Week 3.
  • Rookie defensive lineman Sam Okuayinonu remains on the Tennessee Titans practice squad.
  • Week three was another week that linebacker Keandre Jones remained on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad.
  • Seattle Seahawks tight end Tyler Mabry was on the practice squad for Week 3.
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