The NFL regular season is in full swing, and amidst several blow outs in Week 3, former Buckeyes once again littered the headlines with big plays, first starts and records. Defensive linemen and defensive backs out of Ohio State keep making plays week-in week-out and at this pace, it's unlikely for it stop anytime soon.
Devin Smith makes his 1st career start
With injuries all around him (and he himself coming off recent issues), Smith was finally back from a rib injury in the preseason, and was a somewhat surprise start for the New York Jets after Eric Decker was a late scratch. In his first career regular-season game, he had three receptions for 39 yards. In what could have been a score for Smith, Eagles rookie Eric Rowe went toe-to-toe down field and came away with an interception. A poor Ryan Fitzpatrick throw also deprived Smith of another scoring opportunity.
James Laurinaitis makes Rams history
The St. Louis Rams fell to the Steelers on Sunday, but with a tackle of Le'Veon Bell, middle linebacker Laurinatis became the franchise's all-time leading tackler. A key cog in the Rams defense, he is now in his seventh season in the league and still has plenty of time to claim other records and honors.
Plays of the week
The Broncos have more reasons each week to be happy about Roby being in their secondary. He was able to pick this ball right out of the air for another highlight reel moment:
Great pick! pic.twitter.com/AfedX7tMGB— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) September 28, 2015
The Steelers were up and down Sunday, but former Buckeye Will Allen did his part on defense with a great read on a pass from Rams' quarterback Nick Foles for an interception:
Ted Ginn Jr.
Ginn proves that he hasn't lost any of speed since college, bringing a new dimension to the Panthers' offense. He had four receptions for 93 yards, the longest being 55 yards.
The double move that Ted Ginn Jr put on the Texans is a thing of beauty pic.twitter.com/w9MqyehgnP— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) September 21, 2015
Yet again, Hartline had a crazy catch. He had a good game despite the Browns loss, going for 96 yards on five receptions.
Ryan Shazier missed Sunday's game against the Rams with a shoulder injury, and although not thought to be too severe, could keep him out an additional week.
The Philadelphia Eagles have struggled early in the season, but former Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins has been putting on a show in the secondary. He's been a leader of a young safety group, and has been a bright light in a slower-than-expected start for the team.