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NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 5)

Week five in the NFL started off with great news for a former Buckeye speedster.

The Buffalo Bills signed Corey “Philly” Brown. The 4-year wide receiver last played for the Carolina Panthers last season. He didn’t record any stats in the team’s 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Defensive tackle Adolphus Washington had 2 tackles for the Bills defeat.

New England Patriots’ special teams ace Nate Ebner made 2 tackles on Thursday Night Football against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also recovered an onside kick with 2:08 in the fourth quarter to preserve the 19-14 victory.

New York Jets 2nd-year linebacker Darron Lee returned to the Buckeye State to face the Cleveland Browns. He recorded 6 tackles (5 solo) for New York in their 17-14 win.

Ezekiel Elliott had 116 yards on 29 carries and caught one pass for 16 yards for the Dallas Cowboys in their 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Elliott’s former roommate at Ohio State, Joey Bosa, made 6 total tackles, forced a fumble and sacked Eli Manning twice for the LA Chargers in their 27-22 win over the New York Giants. It was their first win of the season while the Giants dropped to 0-5. Eli Apple had 5 solo tackles in a losing effort for the G-Men.

Malik Hooker’s streak of three games with an interception came to an end, but the rookie safety collected 5 tackles to help the Indianapolis Colts move to 2-3 with a 26-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers. John Simon made 4 tackles (3 solo) and Johnathan Hankins had 2 tackles in victory. Carlos Hyde rushed for 11 yards on only 8 carries and caught one pass for 7 yards in a losing effort for the San Francisco 49ers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers duo of Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward had a rough day at the office. Shazier collected 8 tackles (5 solo) a pass defended and an interception, while Heyward made 2 tackles and had a QB hit in the Steelers 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Carolina Panthers safety Kurt Coleman had 2 tackles in the Panthers 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions. Rookie Curtis Samuel was targeted twice, but no catches in the victory.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had 4 total tackles and a pass defended to help Philly defeat the Arizona Cardinals 34-7.

Oakland Raiders rookie defensive back Gareon Conley missed his second consecutive game with a shin injury. The injury ridden Raiders lost to the Baltimore Ravens 30-17.

Braxton Miller was inactive for the Houston Texans 42-34 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. This is the second consecutive week he was a healthy scratch.

The New Orleans Saints Buckeye contingent of Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Junior, Marshon Lattimore and Vonn Bell were on a Bye. Their next game is next Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Bradley Roby, Jeff Heuerman of the Denver Broncos were also on a Bye and will play the New York Giants next Sunday night.

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NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 3)

Week three of the 2017 NFL season kicked off Thursday night with an intense thrilling NFC West matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams.

The star of the night for the Niners was running back Carlos Hyde. Hyde came into the night as the NFL leader in yards per carry after having an explosive game last Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks’ vaunted defense. The self-proclaimed “El Guapo” scored two rushing touchdowns to go along with 84 rushing yards on 25 carries, and 3 catches for 10 yards. But it wasn’t enough as the Rams held on late to win 41-39.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Buckeye Duo of Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward played in the craziest game of the day in the “Windy City” against the Chicago Bears. Shazier led all players with 11 solo tackles, 2 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Heyward added 3 solo tackles. Pittsburgh suffered its first loss of the season in overtime 23-17.

Three Buckeyes led the way for the New Orleans Saints in their 34-13 win over NFC South division rival Carolina Panthers. 2nd-year wideout Mike Thomas caught 7 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown, Ted Ginn Junior caught 2 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown to go along with one carry for 15 yards, while defensive back Vonn Bell had 4 tackles (2 solo) to help the Saints get their first win of the 2017 season. Rookie Marshon Lattimore missed the game with a concussion. 8th year safety Kurt Coleman made 9 tackles (6 solo) and rookie Curtis Samuel had 2 catches for 5 yards and one carry for 31 rushing yards in the loss for the Panthers.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had 7 tackles (5 solo) in the Eagles 27-24 win over Eli Apple and the New York Giants. Apple made 5 tackles (3 solo) and linebacker Curtis Grant made one tackle in defeat. The Giants are now 0-3, while Philadelphia moved to 2-1.

Malik “ball-hawk” Hooker grabbed his 2nd career interception for the Indianapolis Colts against the Cleveland Browns. His first came last week against the Arizona Cardinals. Hooker also made 3 tackles (2 solo). John Simon had 6 tackles (4 solo) and a sack as Indy got their first win of the season 31-28.

Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby collected 4 tackles (3 solo) and broke up one pass in their 26-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Tight end Jeff Heuerman missed the game with a shoulder injury. On Buffalo’s side, defensive tackle Adolphus Washington made 2 solo tackles in the win.

Braxton Miller caught one pass for 15 yards for the Houston Texans in their 36-33 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. Patriots special teams star Nate Ebner made 2 tackles for the winners.

Darron Lee made 2 solo tackles for the New York Jets in their 20-6 win over the Miami Dolphins. Joey Bosa made 6 tackles (3 solo) and a half sack for the Los Angeles Chargers in their 24-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs

On Sunday Night Football, two former Buckeyes lined up against each other. Washington wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Senior against the team that drafted him to play quarterback, the Oakland Raiders and rookie cornerback Gareon Conley. Pryor caught two passes for 19 yards to help Washington move to 2-1 with a 27-10 victory over Oakland. Conley had 4 tackles (3 solo) in defeat.

Ezekiel Elliott had a bounce back game for the Dallas Cowboys against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football to close out week three. Elliott, who rushed for only 8 yards on 9 carries last week against the Denver Broncos, had 80 rushing yards on 22 carries and scored a touchdown. He also made 3 catches for 14 yards to help the Cowboys win 28-17. Rookie Noah Brown caught his first NFL pass for 13 yards for Dallas. Rod Smith made one tackle on special teams for the Cowboys. Offensive tackle Alex Boone made his 2017 debut with the Arizona Cardinals. He started the season in training camp with the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 2)

Week two in the National Football League several Ohio State Alumni didn’t fare as well as their alma mater did on Saturday evening.

Houston Texans 2nd-year WR Braxton Miller made his first trip back to the Buckeye state as a pro player Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. He had 2 catches for 10 yards in Houston’s 13-9 victory, and also made a key block to spring quarterback Deshaun Watson for the only touchdown scored of the game.

Sunday a couple fellow Buckeyes faced off in the trenches in Western Pennsylvania. Pat Elflein of the Minnesota Vikings against Cam Heyward, Ryan Shazier and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Shazier had 8 tackles (5 solo) and 1 pass breakup, while Heyward had 6 tackles (4 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss and 2 hits on the QB in Pittsburgh’s 26-9 victory.

Indianapolis Colts Rookie Malik Hooker got his first career start and recorded his first interception and returned it 32 yards in the Colts 16-13 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He also made 2 tackles and broke up another pass. Linebacker John Simon had 5 tackles (4 solo), 1 sack and 3 hits on the Quarterback. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins had 2 tackles (1 solo).

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had a game he’d like to quickly forget against Bradley Roby, Jeff Heuerman and the Denver Broncos. Elliott rushed for 8 yards on 9 carries, the worse performance of his young career. He also added 4 catches for 14 yards in the ‘Boys 42-17 loss. With 80+ yards rushing, Zeke would’ve broken Hall of Famer Marcus Allen’s 31-year old record for most consecutive games with 80 or more rushing yards. The record is 14. Meanwhile, Roby had 2 tackles and broke up a pass, and Heuerman made 1 catch for 15 yards in the victory.

San Francisco 49ers’ running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries against the Seattle Seahawks. 102 of those came in the first half alone. He also finished the game with 3 catches for 19 yards in the 12-9 defeat.

Mike Thomas, Ted Ginn Junior, Marshon Lattimore and Vonn Bell of the New Orleans Saints faced the defending Super Bowl Champion New England in the “Big Easy.” Thomas made 5 catches for 89 yards, Ginn had 3 catches for 24 yards, while on defense Lattimore had 7 tackles (6 solo) and 2 pass breakups, while his secondary mate Bell had 5 tackles (3 solo) in the 36-20 loss.

Closing out the weekend, Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles had 5 solo tackles in their 27-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Kurt Coleman of the Carolina Panthers made 3 tackles (1 solo) in their 9-3 victory of the Buffalo Bills. San Diego Chargers reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Joey Bosa had 5 solo tackles in his team’s 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Detroit Lions starting offensive tackle Taylor Decker missed Monday Night Football against Eli Apple and the New York Giants with a shoulder injury. He was mistakenly acknowledged by ESPN Play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough as an alumnus of “That Team Up North”, which probably added more insult to injury.  

Apple, however, moved into the top cornerback spot with Janoris Jenkins out with an injury. The 2nd-year defensive back got beat on a 27-yard TD by Marvin Jones. He also had 5 solo tackles in the 24-10 loss.

Buckeyes in the NFL (Week 2, 2016)

It was a good week on the football field for the Buckeyes, both present and past.

A couple of OSU Alums kicked off the week Thursday night. The New York Jets’ Nick Mangold and rookies Darron Lee and Jalin Marshall took on Cardale Jones, Adolphus Washington and the Buffalo Bills in western New York.

Jones didn’t play for the Bills, as he is the third string quarterback for Buffalo. However, Washington did play, and he recorded 3 tackles. Lee recorded 5 tackles (4 solo, 1 tackle for a loss), while Marshall had a fumble that was returned for a Bills touchdown, he had 3 catches for 45 yards and kickoff returns for 39 yards in the Jets 37-31 victory.

The big matchup of the NFL slate between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals featured some of the more consistently successful pro Buckeyes in recent memory. Mike Nugent of the Bengals and Cam Heyward and Ryan Shazier of the Steelers. Mike Nugent scored 10 points on 3 field goals and an extra point for Cincinnati in their 24 to 16 loss to the Steelers. Shazier had 11 tackles (5 solo), while Heyward contributed 2 tackles and 2 passes defended to help Pittsburgh move to 2-0.

For the second consecutive week, rookie Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys was introduced to a heated NFC East rival when the ‘Boys faced the Washington Redskins. Zeke once again found the end zone for his second career rushing touchdown, but had an impressive bounce back from an underwhelming debut by rushing for 83 yards on 21 carries (3.95 ypc) in Dallas’ 27-23 win.

Carolina Panthers’ Ted Ginn, junior, Corey “Philly” Brown and Kurt Coleman battled against Carlos Hyde and the San Francisco 49ers. Hyde had 34 rushing yards on 14 carries, and 3 catches for 18 yards in the Niners 27-46 loss in Charlotte. Ginn had a busy day. He returned 6 kickoffs for 130 yards, 3 punt returns for 28 yards, caught 2 passes for 51 and added one rush for 5 yards, but did lose a fumble. Brown had 3 catches for 15 yards and Coleman had 3 tackles in the victory.

Rookie defensive dack Eli Apple faced off against his fellow National Championship Buckeye Teammates wide receiver Michael Thomas and Safety Vonn Bell of the New Orleans Saints. Apple had 7 tackles and one pass deflection for the New York Giants in their 16-13 win. Thomas caught 4 passes for 56 yards, while Bell collected 9 tackles (7 solo) in defeat.

Houston Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller had one catch for 3 yards, and one rush for negative 2 yards before leaving with a hamstring injury in the Texans 19-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. On the defensive side, linebacker John Simon had 6 tackles (4 solo), 1.5 sacks and a force fumble to aid the Texans victory.

Terrelle Pryor had 3 catches for 32 yards for the Cleveland Browns in their 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Cornerback Bradley Roby had 5 tackles for the Denver Broncos in their 34-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

3rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft Joey Bosa was inactive for the second consecutive week as he heals from a hamstring injury.

Monday Night Football will see a couple more Buckeyes face off. Safety Malcolm Jenkins and the Philadelphia Eagles play against offensive tackle Mike Adams and the Chicago Bears.

Buckeyes in the NFL (Week 1, 2016)

It was a big weekend for Ohio State on the gridiron this weekend. The current Buckeyes are fresh off a 48-3 victory over the Tulsa Hurricane to move to 2-0 on the season, and looking ahead to their primetime matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman this coming Saturday. Meanwhile, several former Buckeye stars made their imprint in the Big League this weekend.

Currently there are 40 former Bucks on NFL rosters. Several of them faced off against each other in a game for the first time.

Roby and Brown swapped jerseys after they faced off in a Super Bowl 50 rematch. Photo courtesy: NFL Snapcaht

Defensive back Bradley Roby and wideout Corey “Philly” Brown faced off Thursday night in the season opener. Roby had 5 tackles for the defending Champion Denver Broncos in their 21-20 come from behind victory over the Carolina Panthers in a Super Bowl 50 rematch. Brown only had one reception for 11 yards. His Panthers teammate and fellow Buckeye Ted Ginn Junior also only had one reception for 5 yards, but rushed for 20 yards, had one kick return for 9 yards and two punt returns for 12 yards. Seven-year pro, safety Kurt Coleman, had 3 tackles for Carolina in the loss.

Ezekiel Elliott, the overwhelming favorite to win the 2016 NFL Rookie of the Year award, got introduced to the Cowboys-Gaints NFC East rivalry in his debut. Elliott got his first of many career rushing touchdowns in the Cowboys 20-19 loss. “Zeke” carried the ball 20 times for 51 yards. On the other side Eli Apple had 4 tackles for the Giants as their starting cornerback.

Terrell Pryor had a breakout day at wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. Pryor made his first start at wide receiver since converting from quarterback and caught 3 passes for 68 yards, 44 of those on a long bomb from Robert Griffin III that set up the Browns first score in Cleveland’s 29-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Braxton Miller, another former Buckeye quarterback turned wideout, made his debut for the Houston Texans. Miller had one catch for 6 yards in Houston’s 23-14 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Rookie wideout and return specialist Jalin Marshall made his debut with the New York Jets in a big way. The undrafted standout from Middletown played against his home area team, the Cincinnati Bengals, and ripped off a 65-yard kickoff return to set up a Jets touchdown. He had a total of 110 kickoff return yards on 3 attempts and added 2 punt returns for 11 yards.

His fellow rookie and Jets teammate, first round draft pick Darron Lee, made his debut with 6 tackles (3 solo) in New York’s 23-22 loss to the Bengals.

12-year Kicker Mike Nugent scored 11 of the Cincinnati Bengals 23 points. Nugent made two extra points and hit 3/4 field goals, his longest was from 47-yards out which was the game winner. His lone miss was from 50+.

Linebacker James Laurinaitis had 7 combined tackles in his debut as a New Orleans Saint in their 35-34 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Cameron Heyward, Ryan Shazier and Carlos Hyde will make their season debuts on the Monday Night Football double header for the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers, respectively.

OSU QBs Giving us a Lesson in Unselfishness 

Barrett and Jones are great friends who support each other. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Sports are often touted as being a great way to learn about teamwork, leadership, hard work and sacrifice among other key values. What happens between the lines many times is a microcosm of reality.

But lately, with the 24 hour news cycle, we’ve been inundated with the ugly side. Millionaires arguing with billionaires leading to contract holdouts—in the professional ranks—court cases of unfair labor practices—in the collegiate ranks—and criminal acts across the board ranging from domestic violence, sexual assaults, DUIs, drug and weapon possession and alleged in-game cheating tactics.

But at Ohio State, amidst the most unusual quarterback battle in recent college football history, we are seeing a great example of unselfishness.

First, two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Braxton Miller, as a quarterback, turns down opportunities to leave Columbus as a graduate transfer and immediately star as a quarterback at another high-profile program.

Then in July, Miller bowed out of the QB competition with his 2014 replacement J.T. Barrett and National Championship winning QB Cardale Jones, to become an H-Back/Receiver to help the team. We saw a fantastic preview (2 catches for 78 yards and a TD; 6 carries for 62 yards and a TD) of just how well that might turn out for the team and Miller at the next level.

Then when Urban Meyer sent Jones out with the first team offense Monday night in Blacksburg Virginia, it was Barrett, who accepted the backup role graciously by supporting Jones, greeting him on the sidelines to discuss what was going on out on the field when a drive ended, and mostly sharing smiles with high fives after touchdown drives that eventually blew the game wide open.

Barrett was by Jones’ side all night breaking down offensive possessions. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Monday night was Barrett’s turn to show he’s was a team player with his focus on what’s best for the team, not himself. All offseason, when asked by the media, Barrett and Jones each repeatedly said they were friends and would be happy for the other guy if they weren’t the one to win the starting job.

At the Wednesday press conference after the Buckeyes got revenge Monday for their only loss in 2014 to Virginia Tech, Coach Urban Meyer said “I’ve never seen a situation like that; where they’re both pulling for each other. It’s great to see” when speaking about his quarterbacks.

Remember, these are early 20 something year old kids. Who would blame them for outwardly showing their disappointment? Especially in Barrett’s case, who is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year with several school and conference records on his resume, and only lost his job because of a fluke injury. He could claim that Jones and the Buckeyes wouldn’t have even had a chance at getting into the College Football Playoff and subsequently winning the 2014 National Title without his performance all season.

What we are seeing with the Buckeyes—and OSU fans hope to continue seeing—in the unselfishness of Miller and Barrett should serve as an example of what we all can do/be if we implement some of the same unselfishness in our society, communities and workplaces. We, like the unanimous number one ranked team in the nation, could be viewed as the very best and virtually unbeatable.

Braxton Miller’s Case to Start at QB For OSU

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Miller has one more season of eligibility at OSU. Photo courtesy: ESPN.

Hello, my name is Braxton Miller, quarterback for THE Ohio State Buckeyes. As you know I missed the entire 2014 National Championship season recovering from shoulder surgery. But you may have forgotten about me, so allow me to reintroduce myself. I’ve won 26 games at quarterback for the Buckeyes. That’s 11 wins away from passing Art Schlicther for first place in school history. I’ve led the Silver Bullets to two victories over “that team up North.” In my three-year career I’ve passed for 5,292 yards and 52 touchdowns, while rushing for 3,054 yards and another 32 touchdowns. I won Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year the last two seasons I’ve played (2012,2013). As a Sophomore in 2012, I finished 5th in the Heisman voting. Before the 2013 season began I held nine records in The Ohio State Football History book. These are the reasons why I can lead the Scarlet and Gray to glory one more season. I appreciate the love and support I’ve received from Buckeye Nation over the course of my career and while rehabbing my injury. That’s why I want one more year to bring you my best and end my career on a high note.

O-H! Braxton Miller

This weekend in Ohio Stadium on the field where he made many a highlights, Braxton Miller and his teammates celebrated their 2014 National Championship with close to 45 thousand Buckeye fans. During the rally he told them “we’ve got another year”, suggesting he’ll be back to compete for the starting QB job against J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.

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Miller told fans on January 24th, “We’ve got another year.” Photo courtesy: yahoo sports.

I love that Miller is staying with the Buckeyes to compete to win HIS job back. It shows leadership and a competitive spirit that has helped him to accomplish what he has on and off the field at Ohio State. If you’re an NFL scout, GM or Coach you have to be impressed that instead of taking the easy route and transferring to another ready-made situation, he has decided to finish what he started in Columbus. What Miller is also showing is a level of loyalty and exceptional character that isn’t seen in highly competitive sports on any level these days. Miller was at the helm of two teams that finished the regular season undefeated, and was a favorite to win the 2014 Heisman and projected Buckeye starter before the shoulder injury ended his season before it began. So in his mind, maybe he believes if he gets the chance he can lead this great group of talent to a another National Title in 2015. Even if he doesn’t, don’t we have to respect and admire the attempt?

(FYI, the letter from Braxton Miller at the beginning of this post was fictional. )