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NFL Training Camp: Checking in on handful of pro Terrapins


NFL Training Camp: Checking in on handful of pro Terrapins

NFL training camps have been underway for just over a week and preseason games are approaching -- including former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs set to take the field Sunday night for the Vikings against Pittsburgh. 

So let's take a look around the league at how a handful of former Terrapins have performed in training camp:

Deon Long (Tennessee Titans, WR)

The Titans signed Long as a free agent after he went undrafted earlier this year. He seems to be fighting -- literally, at times -- for his spot:

He also is taking on some responsibilities that he didn't get as much of an opportunity to have at Maryland: 

Another photo:

Darius Kilgo (Denver Broncos, DT)

Kilgo was drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 draft and, as the depth chart stood at that point, it seemed like his playing time would be limited. But a four-game PED suspension for lineman Derek Wolfe and an ongoing police investigation of Antonio Smith has shuffled the depth chart and put Kilgo in a position to contribute.

More on that here:

Dexter McDougle (New York Jets, CB)

McDougle missed the entire 2014 season after tearing a ligament in his knee, but has bounced back and been solid in training camp so far:

Fellow cornerback Dee Milliner is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing wrist surgery, which could open up more opportunities for McDougle.

Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings, WR)

Pro Bowl WR Mike Wallace said Diggs reminds him of Antonio Brown, a player alongside whom Wallace played in Pittsburgh. Diggs, drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, will be a target for second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as Minnesota opens in the Hall of Fame Game Sunday night.

Here's a nice catch the former Terp made during training camp: 


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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.


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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time.