NFL preseason roundup: Terps edition (8.17.15)


This week marked the beginning of the NFL preseason schedule. Let’s take a look at how some former Terps performed over the weekend:

  • Former Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey registered three catches for 30 yards for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday. This is Heyward-Bey’s second season with the Steelers and he is attempting to make the team as a special team player/No. 4-5 wideout. As it currently stands, Heyward-Bey is behind the likes of Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Markus Wheaton. In 2014, the former Terps star only caught three passes for 33 yards in 16 games. It was his lowest total since only hauling in nine passes as a rookie with the Oakland Raiders back in 2009.
  • Former Terps linebacker Cole Farrand accumulated two tackles (one solo) for the New York Giants on Friday evening. Farrand signed with the Giants after going undrafted back in May and is attempting to make the team as a special teams player and a backup linebacker. The New Jersey native is currently listed third on the weakside linebacker depth chart with J.T. Thomas and Jonathan Casillas listed above him. In a roster projection by ESPN NFC East writer Dan Graziano, he predicted Farrand to be cut by the Giants. If he can make a name for himself on special teams, anything is possible for the former Terp.
  • Darius Kilgo made arguably the best impression out of any of the former Terps that have played in the preseason so far. The Denver Broncos new nose tackle racked up four tackles (two solo) and a sack against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday. The former Terp also registered four quarterback hits for the Broncos. With Denver not having much experience at nose tackle, Kilgo looks to be a lock to make the roster and perhaps garner a significant amount of playing time.

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    • Stefon Diggs certainly didn’t disappoint in his NFL debut in the Hall of Fame game last Sunday. After nearly taking a punt return for a touchdown last Sunday, the Vikings newest wideout caught two passes for 26 yards and was targeted a team-high five times on Saturday evening. Diggs also returned three punts for 58 yards and averaged 18.3 yards-per-return. The former Terp’s longest return was a 37-yard runback. That marks the second preseason game that Diggs has dazzled as a punt returner.
    • Diggs wasn’t the only ex-Terp that impressed for the Vikings. Quarterback Shaun Hill relieved starter Teddy Bridgewater and completed eight of his nine passes for 104 and a pair of touchdowns. Hill found a rhythm and hit Cordarrelle Patterson and Adam Thielen for scores. With Matt Cassel moving on to the Buffalo Bills, Hill is expected to be No. 2 on the depth chart behind Bridgewater. Hill spent the 2014 season with the St. Louis Rams and passed for 1,657 yards to go along with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

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