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Familiar faces make headlines for the Redskins and the Panthers in Week 6

Familiar faces make headlines for the Redskins and the Panthers in Week 6

In Week 6, with the Washington Redskins hosting the Carolina Panthers, plenty of players were familiar with each other.

Former Redskins were playing for the Panthers. Former Panthers were playing for the Redskins. And plenty of Maryland Terrapins made storylines. 

Josh Norman was playing against his former team for only the second time.

Graham Gano, who holds both the longest field goal record for both the Redskins and the Panthers, saw his former employer again. 

Oh and four different Terps, with College Park less than 20 miles away, made key plays from beginning to end. 

Five of the six players had a significant impact on the outcome of the game. 

Norman had his biggest game in quite a while for the Redskins. A first-quarter interception off a tipped ball and a forced fumble paired with a recovery gave Norman two of the Redskins' three takeaways. In addition, the former All-Pro responded to the criticism that many were giving him this past week.

Last week Gano connected on an NFL record-tying 63-yard field goal as time expired against the Giants. This week he missed an extra-point to rapidly change the pace of the game in the second quarter. Familiar with the turf at FedEx Field Gano only got one more chance, making a 32-yarder.

Vernon Davis, a former tight end for Maryland, gave the Redskins their first touchdown of the afternoon. Afterward, he chose the wrong section of the crowd to go jumping into.

That touchdown was set up by one of two fumbles by D.J. Moore. The rookie did not have a good game coming back to his college home. Both of his fumbles led to 10 points for the Redskins.

Torrey Smith was the other Terps wide receiver on the Panthers roster. He made it in for six and a two-point conversion. Most of his production though came in a big fourth-quarter drive for Carolina. 

Big days in what was sure to be an emotional one for all of the players involved. 

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 

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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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