36 former Ohio State Buckeyes started the 2018 NFL season on opening day rosters. That’s tied with the Miami Hurricanes for 4th in the League.
A popular Silver Bullet from the 2014 National Championship team retired in the offseason. Linebacker Joshua Perry hung up his cleats after suffering his sixth concussion. He now works as an analyst for Spectrum Sports in Columbus. Wide receiver Braxton Miller, formerly of the Houston Texans, is currently a free agent and hoping to catch on with another team this season.
The season started on Thursday Night with the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons as they raised their first championship banner. Two-time Super Bowl Champion and All-Pro Malcolm Jenkins made 3 tackles in the 18-12 win for the champs.
Rookie defensive back Denzel Ward had an impressive debut for the Cleveland Browns in his first career start. He got his first interception against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers and picked off Ben Roethlisberger again late in the second quarter as the Steelers were driving with under a minute remaining in the half. Ward finished with 6 tackles (2 solo).
5th year Running back Carlos Hyde made his debut with the Browns and rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. He also caught one pass for 3 yards.
On the Steelers side, 2017 All-Pro defensive tackle Cam Heyward made 5 total tackles and had a sack in the sloppy 21-21 draw.
New Orleans Saints Buckeye quintuplets of Ted Ginn Junior, Michael Thomas, Marshon Lattimore, Vonn Bell and Kurt Coleman hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas caught 16 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. Ginn Junior also caught a touchdown to go along with 5 receptions for 68 yards and 1 rush for 5 yards in a 48-40 surprising loss. On the defensive side, Marshon Lattimore, Vonn Bell and Kurt Coleman each made 3 total tackles.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown in the Dallas Cowboys 8-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Zeke also caught 3 passes for 17 yards. Elliott’s backup Rod Smith rushed once for 5 yards and had a tackle on special teams in defeat.
Jerome Baker, Raekwon McMillan of the Miami Dolphins had to sit through two weather delays that caused their game against the Tennessee Titans, which kicked off a 1 PM, to end around 8:15 PM. The rookie Baker made 5 tackles (2 solo) while McMillan, who missed a majority of his rookie season in 2017 due to injury, made 6 tackles (2 solo) in the 27-20 victory.
Tight end Nick Vannett caught an eleven-yard pass for the Seattle Seahawks in their 24-27 defeat to the Denver Broncos. His position counterpart on the other side, Jeff Heuerman also caught one pass for fifteen yards. Cornerback Bradley Roby made 2 tackles in victory.
Eli Apple made 3 tackles and 2 pass defensed for the New York Giants in their 20-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
New England Patriots special teams ace Nate Ebner had one tackle in the defending AFC Champions 27-20 win over the Houston Texans.
The Cincinnati Bengals game against the Indianapolis Colts featured rookies Sam Hubbard and Billy Price against 2nd-year safety Malik Hooker, Johnathan Hankins and John Simon of the Colts. Hooker made 4 tackles in the 34-23 loss. Billy Price and Sam Hubbard also saw game action. Yuan Lewis missed the game for Indianapolis with as the team put him on injured reserve with a right foot injury. Chris Worley did not dress for the Bengals.
Darron Lee and Terrelle Pryor of the New York Jets faced off against the Detroit Lions in the Motor City on the first game of the Monday Night Football double header. Lee returned an interception of Matt Stafford 36 yards for a touchdown and picked off a second pass late in the 3rd quarter to go along with 6 tackles. Pryor playing on his 3rd team in 3 seasons caught 3 passes for 49 yards. It was his first game action since his 2017 season ended after only seven games after he tore 3 ligaments in his ankle.
Mike Nugent and Gareon Conley of the Oakland Raiders faced the Los Angeles Rams in the last game of week one. The 14-year kicker scored 7 points on two field goals and an extra point in the Raiders 33-13 loss. Conley made one tackle.
Joey Bosa missed the LA Chargers 38-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with a foot Injury. Bosa has been wearing a walking boot and his status for week 2 is currently questionable.
Offensive Lineman Pat Elflein (Minnesota Vikings), Corey Linsley (Green Bay Packers), Rookie Billy Price (Cincinnati Bengals), Andrew Norwell (Carolina Panthers), Taylor Decker (Detroit Lions) and long snapper Jake McQuaide (Los Angeles Rams) all started for their teams this weekend.