Players who will be major contributors in the NFL this season are starting to emerge, and lucky for Buckeye fans, several are products of Ohio State. Week 2 was filled with friends facing off on opposing teams and game-saving moments that are becoming the norm.
Carlos Hyde vs Ryan Shazier
Hyde made his season debut with the 49ers last week and it was clear that he was back to rushing like he did at Ohio State. In Week 2, Hyde faced off against several former Buckeyes, including Ryan Shazier, Cameron Heyward and Will Allen.
During the broadcast it was noted that Hyde and Shazier are still good friends, and are often on group text messages with former teammates. They put their friendship aside to compete against each other once again. Shazier finally had his breakout NFL performance after an injured rookie season; he looked like he did in college, getting around on every snap and he recorded a game-high 15 tackles.
Seemingly every time Hyde had the ball, Shazier and the Steelers defense weren't far away, which was perfectly captured when Shazier recovered a fumble by Hyde.
"Ryan actually told me, 'Yeah, we're going to lock in on you,'" Hyde said after the loss. "They did that, but you have to get used to that, though. We have to get ready for next week."
Former Buckeyes are starting to break out for the Carolina Panthers, with both Ohio State receivers hauling in touchdowns on Sunday against the Texans. Philly Brown had 3 receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown, and Ted Ginn had 4 for 41 and a touchdown. Though both have taken their fair share of criticism from Panthers fans and neutrals alike, Ginn ran better routes than normal and Philly's late TD helped put the Panthers up for good.
Plays of the week
Roby is quickly becoming the rock of the Broncos defense, with two straight game-saving finishes. In Thursday Night's game, Roby found himself in the right place, at the right time, when he was able to scoop up a fumble and return it for a touchdown. In his post-game interview, he noted he was tried to pull off an Ohio State spin move, but didn't have the chance.
WATCH: Jamaal Charles with his 2nd fumble returned for a TD with :27 left in the game. https://t.co/u3hDYYm7Kb— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) September 18, 2015
The former Buckeye tight end has spent several seasons on the practice squad, first for Green Bay and then again for Miami. The Dolphins calls him up and he immediately made it worth it; his first-ever catch was for a touchdown:
The Bengals had their home-opener against the Chargers on Sunday, marking A.J. Hawk's return to Ohio. Kicker Mike Nugent didn't get to enjoy playing back at home, with a missed field goal early in the game. He'll look to get back on track next week in Baltimore against divisional rivals, the Ravens.