Several South Carolina alumni are returning from injuries or bye weeks this week. There are divisional battles and former South Carolina versus Clemson matchups this week.
Here are some of the players I’m excited to watch this weekend:
Hurst is coming off of a bye week, and he has a rivalry game against the Saints.
Hurst is having a really good year, and he will have an advantage of going up against a secondary that has been weak against tight ends all year. On the other side, Jared Cook will be without Drew Brees.
Ravens select TE Hayden Hurst with the No. 25 pick pic.twitter.com/NbP6UdmbvI— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 27, 2018
I expect Hurst to win this battle of tight ends.
I say his name every week, and there’s a reason why.
Davis has really established himself as a starting running back in this league, and he gets to go from playing one of the best run defenses to the worst run defense with the Lions. The only threat to his production is the emergence of the passing game.
With Bridgewater a little beat up, I expect Davis to have a productive game against a porous Detroit defense.
Gilmore has been dealing with injuries this year, but he could return this week.
Gilmore has practiced this week, and there’s a positive outlook for the game against the Texans. If Gilmore does play, he will be going up against Deshaun Watson.
Stephon Gilmore is feeling good and is happy to be closer to game-ready. Nice 👍— NBC Sports Boston's Patriots Coverage (@NBCSPatriots) November 20, 2020
AND he clears up why he put his house on the market last month. Also nice 👍 pic.twitter.com/gE18FKyyu3
Gilmore has lost some love with Patriots fans, but an interception of Watson would please both Gamecock and Patriot fans.
Ingram hasn’t had the year we all wanted him to have. He’s been good, but he’s on a Chargers team that is struggling a lot this year.
The good news is the Chargers face a Jets team that hasn’t won a game all year. These two teams have a combined one win over their last eight games.
The Chargers are the better team, and Ingram will go against a team without a starting guard and their starting quarterback. He’s 31 years old and in the final year of his contract, so this is a game where he could earn serious money.
It’s good to see some older names back on this list despite the rookies playing really well.
I also want to shout out both Javon Kinlaw and DJ Wonnum. They’re tied for third for quarterback pressures among rookies according to PFF. Wonnum also has a 12.5 percent pressure rate, which is incredible for a fourth round rookie.
South Carolina’s season may be over, but at least we can watch some former players show out.