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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.

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 1)

Rookies Marshon Lattimore and Pat Elflein share a moment after playing their first game as NFL players. Photo Courtesy: NFL snapchat

While Buckeye Nation attempts to process what happened Saturday night in the 31-16 loss to Oklahoma, several former Buckeyes made their 2017 debuts in the League.

Seven Buckeyes were selected at April’s draft, three in the first round. In all, 42 Ohio State Alumni opened the season on NFL rosters.

The Indianapolis Colts have five former Buckeyes on their team. The New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys are tied for second with four each.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is the most notable of the former Buckeyes. Elliott’s team faced off against his former 2014 National championship teammate cornerback Eli Apple and the New York Giants. Elliott rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries and caught 5 passes for 36 yards in “America’s Team’s” 19-3 victory. Apple made 7 tackles (5 solo) in defeat for the “G-Men.”

New York Jets 2nd-year linebacker Darron Lee collected 10 tackles (7 solo) and a sack in his team’s 21-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward made their return to the Buckeye State in their season opener against the Cleveland Browns. Shazier had 7 tackles (4 solo), while Heyward had a sack, a tackle for loss and 3 tackles (1 solo) in the Steelers 21-18 win over the Browns.

The Carolina Panthers and their three Buckeyes of Kurt Coleman, rookie Curtis Samuel and offensive lineman Andrew Norwell lined up against running back Carlos Hyde and the San Francisco 49ers. Coleman made 6 solo tackles in Carolina’s 23-3 win. Samuel was limited with an ankle injury. Hyde rushed for 45 yards on 9 carries and had 6 catches for 32 yards in the loss.

Terrelle Pryor Senior caught 6 passes for 66 yards in his debut with Washington against NFC East rival the Philadelphia Eagles. 9-year vet, Safety Malcolm Jenkins had 4 tackles for the Eagles in their 30-17 win in the Nation’s capital.

The Indianapolis Colts quintuplets of Bucks had a difficult opening day against the Los Angeles Rams. LA won by a score of 46-9. Jonathan Hankins had 2 solo tackles, John Simon collected 6 tackles (5 solo) and rookie safety Malik Hooker had 4 tackles (3 solo) in defeat. Tyvis Powell and Jake Mewhort didn’t register any statistics.

Several Bucks had to wait until Monday night to start their 2017 season. Ted Ginn Junior, Mike Thomas, Vonn Bell and Marshon Lattimore of the New Orleans Saints took on center Pat Elflein the Minnesota Vikings. Thomas caught 5 passes for 45 yards, while Ginn Junior made 4 catches for 53 yards and had one rush for 5 yards in the Saints 29-19 loss. Defensively Lattimore made 4 solo tackles in his NFL debut. Elflein the 70th overall pick (3rd round) in the 2017 draft made the first start of his career.

Joey Bosa and the Los Angeles Chargers went to Denver to face Bradley Roby, Jeff Heurerman and the Broncos in the second of the Monday Night Football double header. Roby had 5 tackles (3 solo), 2 passes defensed and a key interception in the Broncos 24-21 win. Tight end Jeff Heuerman had one catch for twenty yards to help progress a scoring drive. Bosa made 6 tackles (3 solo), and 1.5 sacks in defeat.

Buckeyes in the NFL (Week 17, 2016)

Buckeye pride runs deep on many NFL rosters.

Well, the current Buckeyes season ended in very disappointing fashion at the hands of the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff, ruining many’s start to 2017. But, thankfully there are several Bucks in the NFL that represented well on the first day of the New Year and are still giving Ohio State fans something to cheer about. 

Mike Thomas and Corey “Philly” Brown trade jersey’s after an early season game between the two NFC South rivals. Photo Credit: Saints.com


New Orleans Saints wide receiver Mike Thomas finished a phenomenal rookie season with 10 catches for 156 yards and a touchdown for New Orleans in their 38-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. That stat line helped Thomas set Saints rookie records for receptions (92), receiving yards (1,137) and touchdowns (9). Saints safety Vonn Bell had 6 tackles (4 solo) and a tackle for loss in the defeat.

San Diego Chargers Joey Bosa and Josh Perry finished their rookie campaigns with a 37-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Bosa had 5 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, a sack and a QB hit. Perry had 6 tackles (3 solo) in the loss. Even after missing the start of the regular season due to a contract holdout, Bosa appears to be worth the wait and the third overall draft pick. He finishes the season with a team high 10.5 sacks.

Terrelle Pryor had 7 catches for 94 yards for the Cleveland Browns in their 27-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pryor finished the season with over 1,000 yards in his first year as a true receiver since converting from quarterback. He was also the Browns leading receiver on the season with 77 catches, 1,007 yards and 4 touchdowns.

On the Steelers side, linebacker Ryan Shazier finished his 2016 regular season strong. The 3rd-year pro had 8 tackles (7 solo), a pass defensed and a key interception in the red zone of Robert Griffin the third to thwart a potential Browns score. Shazier will make his second trip to the postseason next week when the Steelers host the Miami Dolphins in the Wild Card round.

Buffalo Bills Rookie quarterback Cardale Jones saw his first action as a professional. The 2014 Ohio State National Championship hero was 6 of 11 for 96 yards and 1 interception in the Bills 30-10 loss to the New York Jets. Defensive tackle Adolphus Washington had 3 tackles (1 solo) in defeat.

Jets rookie linebacker Darron Lee had 7 tackles (5 solo) and 1 QB hit in the victory. Lee finished the season as New York’s 3rd leading tackler with 66. Jalin Marshall had 3 catches for 22 yards and a touchdown, a 32-yard kickoff return, and 5 punt returns for 24 yards in the win.

New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple had 4 tackles in their 19-10 win over the Washington Redskins. Johnathan Hankins had one tackle in the victory. The Giants will play the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wild Card round next weekend. 11-year safety Donte Whitner didn’t play in the game for Washington. He was placed on injury reserve on December 28th.

Ted Ginn Junior had 4 catches for 69 yards, and 2 rushes for 24 yards for the Carolina Panthers in their 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Corey “Philly” Brown had 2 catches for 20 yards and safety Kurt Coleman had 7 tackles (6 solo) and a pass defensed in defeat. Ginn had a career high 54 catches in 2016. Coleman finishes the season with 4 interceptions, the most on the team. 

Braxton Miller and Ezekiel Elliott exchange jerseys after a 2016 preseason game. Photo credit: Cowboys.com


Ezekiel Elliott did not play for the Dallas Cowboys against the Philadelphia Eagles in their 27-13 loss. He finishes the season with 1,631 rushing yards for 15 touchdowns, 363 receiving yards and 1 touchdown catch. He falls 178 yards short of passing Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s record for most rushing yards by a rookie, but he is the League’s rushing title winner. Elliott’s next game will be in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. The Cowboys will have next week off since they have the number one seed. Safety Malcolm Jenkins had 2 tackles for the Eagles in the win.

Defending Super Bowl Champion Bradley Roby had 3 tackles (3 solo) in the Denver Broncos 24-6 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Houston Texans linebacker John Simon missed Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans with a chest injury. Simon is expected to be back for the Texans Wild Card playoff game next weekend.

Three other Buckeyes that will be making an appearance in the playoffs will be Green Bay Packers center Corey Linsley, Detriot Lions offensive tackle Taylor Decker and New England Patriots defensive back Nate Ebner.

Buckeyes in the NFL (Week 13, 2016)

Now that the Ohio State Buckeyes are in securely in the College Football Playoff, fans of the Scarlet and Gray can exhale until the quest for title number eight begins. But until they take the field on December 31st in Arizona against Clemson, Buckeye Nation should just sit back and enjoy the Buckeyes in the NFL, especially the few that could also be playing for a Championship come early 2017.

Ezekiel Elliott had a so-so game Thursday night in the Dallas Cowboys 17-15 win over the Minnesota Vikings compared with the standard he’s set for himself in the past month or more. Elliott had 86 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 20 carries. He also had 4 catches for 19 yards and a fumble. Zeke now has 1,285 rushing yards through 12 games. Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson has the rookie rushing record of 1,808. ED had 1,406 yards through his first 12 games with the Los Angeles Rams. Elliott needs to rack up a few 100+ yard games to get the record. Hopefully, behind that talented offensive line he can get it.

Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown in the defending Super Bowl champions’ 20-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Roby also had 3 tackles and 2 passes defensed.

Roby wasn’t the only defensive back to have a career day. Eli Apple of the New York Giants had a fumble recovery and his first career interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Apple also had 5 (4 solo) tackles and one for a loss in the Giants 24-14 defeat to the Steelers. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins had 2 tackles (1 solo) in a losing effort. On the Pittsburgh side, linebacker Ryan Shazier had 3 tackles for the victors.

Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent has struggled this season, especially with extra points, but had a decent day Sunday helping the Bengals get their fourth win of the season. “Nug” scored 14 of Cincinnati’s 32 points in their win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He made 4 field goals, with his long being 38 yards, and made 2 of 3 extra points. Safety Malcolm Jenkins had 5 tackles in the loss for the Eagles.

On Sunday Night Football, Ted Ginn Junior, Corey “Philly” Brown and offensive guard Andrew Norwell of the Carolina Panthers played against the Seattle Seahawks in the great Northwest. Ginn caught 5 passes for 80 yards and had a 55 yard touchdown. He also had one kickoff return for 25 yards and a rush attempt for 6 yards in Carolina’s 40-7 loss to the Seahawks. Brown caught no passes and had one rush for -3 yards. Safety Kurt Coleman missed the game with a concussion.

Safety Donte Whitner had 2 tackles for the Washington Redskins in their 31-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

San Diego Chargers rookie Joey Bosa had 1 tackle and 1 sack in a 28-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Michael Thomas caught 4 passes for 42 yards for the New Orleans Saints in a 28-13 loss to the Detroit Lions. Saints Safety Vonn Bell had 4 tackles (2 solo) in the loss.

Linebacker John Simon missed the Houston Texans 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Braxton Miller had no catches for Houston in the loss.

Carlos Hyde ran for 92 yards and had one catch for 6 yards for the San Francisco 49ers in their 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Darron Lee, Jalin Marshall, Nick Mangold and Devin Smith of the New York Jets play on Monday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts.

Terrelle Pryor Senior of the Cleveland Browns was on a bye this week. Pryor leads Cleveland in receiving yards with 855, 62 receptions and 4 touchdowns. Next week they face the Cincinnati Bengals at First Energy Stadium.

Buckeyes in the NFL (Week 9, 2016)

“Zeke” scored 2 TD’s in his 1st trip to the Buckeye State as a pro, and celebrated by throwing up the “O”. Photo Credit: Cowboys.com

The current Buckeyes finally lived up to the potential that many in Buckeye Nation expected coming into the 2016 season with a 62-3 drubbing of 10th ranked Nebraska. While OSU fans enjoy the chase for the 2016 College Football Playoff, they can also take pride in the players who once donned the scarlet and gray now playing on Sunday’s.

Ezekiel Elliott made his first return to the Buckeye State as a Dallas Cowboy against the Cleveland Browns. Zeke had 2 rushing touchdowns to go along with 92 yards on 18 carries. He also had one catch for 5 yards.

On the other side, Cleveland Browns leading receiver Terrelle Pryor had 5 catches for 47 yards and a touchdown in the 35-10 loss. The Browns are now 0-9, while the ‘Boys have won 7 in a row and are 7-1 on the season.

Rookie Jalin Marshall scored his 1st career TD in a loss to the Dolphins. Photo Credit: Jets.com

A couple of former Buckeye wide receivers had big days on Sunday. Rookie Mike Thomas had 5 catches for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns for the New Orleans Saints in their 41-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers. New York Jets rookie Jalin Marshall had 3 catches for 59 yards and caught his first career touchdown in the 27-23 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Ted Ginn Junior had 5 catches for 40 yards, and Corey “Philly” Brown had 1 catch for 11 yards and 1 tackle for the Carolina Panthers in the 13-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Cam Heyward’s return sparked the Steelers defense but wasn’t enough to get the win. Photo Credit: Steelers.com

On the defensive side of the ball, San Diego rookies Joey Bosa and Josh Perry had a tackle a piece for the Chargers in their 43-35 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Safety Vonn Bell had 6 tackles (4 solo) and a half sack in the Saints 41-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers. His fellow Safety Kurt Coleman of the Carolina Panthers had 7 tackles (6 solo) in their win over the Rams.

Cam Heyward returned to the Steelers lineup against the Ravens after missing the last 3 games. He had 2 tackles (1 solo, 1 TFL) while linebacker Ryan Shazier had 9 tackles (6 solo), a half sack, and a tackle for loss in the Steelers 21-14 loss at Baltimore.

Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby struggled against the Oakland Raiders. Roby had two key penalties for holding and pass interference that set the Raiders up for key scores. He also had 9 tackles (8 solo) and 1 sack.

New York Giants rookie defensive back Eli Apple had 4 tackles, and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins 2 tackles (1 solo) and a hit on the QB in their 28-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Safety Malcolm Jenkins had 3 tackles (2 solo) for the Eagles in defeat.

On Monday Night Football, the Buffalo Bills take on the Seattle Seahawks. Defensive tackle Adolphus Washington and Quarterback Cardale Jones will suit up for the Bills, while tight end Nick Vannett and Safety Tyvis Powell will lineup for the Seahawks.

On the injury front, the New Orleans Saints placed 8-year linebacker James Laurinaitis on the IR, and San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde missed this week’s game—his second this season—against the Saints with a shoulder injury. He had started the first six games. Minnesota offensive tackle Alex Boone missed the Vikings 22-16 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions with shoulder, knee and concussion issues. Linebacker Darron Lee missed Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins with an ankle injury. He was the team’s leading tackler through the first 6 games of the season when he last played.

Braxton Miller and John Simon of the Houston Texans, Donte Whitner of the Washington Redskins and Mike Adams of the Chicago Bears were all on a bye this week.