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Why strong preseason still might not move Diggs up depth chart

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Why strong preseason still might not move Diggs up depth chart

For all of the electricity that former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs has brought to the Minnesota Vikings this preseason, it still may not be enough to crack the regular rotation, according to a report from Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

It has been on special teams where Diggs has really made his mark, averaging 24.2 yards per return on the five punts he has fielded in two preseason games. That includes a 62-yard near-touchdown against Pittsburgh in the team's preseason opener.

But there's just one problem. The punt and kick return options for the Vikings feature players who have been among the best in the league at their jobs over the course of the past two seasons.

As Tomasson explains, Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer said this week that cornerback Marcus Sherels appears to be in line to retain his job returning punts. The same goes for wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who will likely continue fielding kicks.

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And for as well as Diggs has played, it's hard to argue that Sherels (15.2 yards/return in 2013) and Patterson (32.4 yards/return in 2013) should be overtaken by a rookie. Those numbers by Sherels and Patterson were good for second and first in the league, respectively, that year.

The wide receiver position is also a log jam for Minnesota.

Diggs joins a group that includes Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson, Jairius Wright, Adam Thielen, and the aforementioned Patterson. There doesn't seem to be much room there.

Of course, injuries happen and perhaps Diggs could slot in somewhere if that scenario arises. But, for the time being, it appears we may see limited opportunities for Diggs at least early in 2015.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!

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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.

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