Five weeks into the 2016 NFL season and some former Ohio State Buckeyes are making their debut while others are reverting back to old positions. Zeke continues to lead the league in rushing yards — as was expected preseason -- and had another monster day Sunday against the Bengals.
After a contract standoff that lasted months and an injury that kept him out the first few weeks of the season, Joey Bosa — the No. 3 overall draft pick -- finally suited up for the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The rookie defensive end more than made up for his time lost and asserted himself as an NFL caliber player.
In the first half alone, Bosa had four tackles (3 solo), two tackles for loss and his first career sack — followed by his signature shrug. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
His reception in San Diego was lukewarm after contract negotiations with the Chargers went terribly wrong, but it wont take long for fans to come around and appreciate their first-round pick after his incredible debut.
Joey Bosa is already the best defensive lineman on the team.— Bolts From The Blue (@BFTB_Chargers) October 9, 2016
There were a few roster moves made this week that benefited two former Ohio State players and expanded the reach of Buckeyes in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals added safety Christian Bryant to their practice squad, and the Atlanta Falcons signed veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk — who had so far spent the season on the broadcasting side of things. Despite signing with the team just days ago, Hawk was in Atlanta’s starting lineup Sunday against Denver.
With these two additions, Buckeyes now have representation on 25-of-32 NFL teams — it would have been 29 if it weren’t for a few preseason roster cuts.
Pryor back at QB
The Cleveland Browns hosted the Patriots in Week 5, and after seeing two of their starting quarterbacks already sidelined this season, the team’s No. 3 and 4 both were injured. The Browns have the ultimate back-up plan, and lineup wide receiver Terrelle Pryor under center. It’s obvious at this point the team won’t look at Pryor as the long-term solution at quarterback, but to have him able to step in every now and then has already proven useful.
Houston has a problem
Braxton Miller made his return from injury Sunday against the Vikings, but there was very little offense all day from the Texans, especially in the passing game, resulting in one reception for 12 yards on the day.
With J.J. Watt out for the remainder of the season, the Texans’ defense is looking at Buckeye John Simon to step up in a big way. He tried to do so Sunday, almost coming up with Sam Bradford’s first interception as a Viking. His wife probably isn’t going to let him forget he dropped an interception anytime soon.
Plays of the week
The running back makes it look easy. He finished the day with 134 rushing yards and two touchdowns — his third week in a row with 100-plus rushing yards -- along with 37 receiving yards. It all started with the first score of the day for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys’ running back had a sensational 60-yard touchdown run to start the third quarter, adding to his already impressive rookie season.
Elliott really does do it all, coming up with a big recovery of an onside kick attempt by the Bengals with just over two minutes left in Sunday’s game.
The NFL has proven that they intend on taking the new taunting penalty very seriously, which they did on ‘Thursday Night Football’. The former Ohio State running back did his signature flex move after picking up a first down which quickly drew a flag. Sure, he was in the face of opposing players, but still....
- Eli Apple (Giants) is back after missing several games due to a hamstring injury, but was able to practice this week and is expected to play on ‘Sunday Night Football’.
- Buckeyes once again will be on full display during ‘Monday Night Football’ when the Carolina Panthers (Philly Brown, Kurt Coleman, Ted Ginn Jr., Andrew Norwell) take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- The New Orleans Saints (Vonn Bell, James Laurinaitis, Michael Thomas) and Seattle Seahawks (Tyvis Powell, Nick Vannett) are on Bye this week.
- Just weeks after his NFL debut, Jeff Heuerman gets the start for the Broncos at tight end.
- Inactive Buckeyes this week include Jalin Marshall (Jets) and Cardale Jones (Bills).
- Ryan Shazier (Steelers) missed another game due to injury, and teammate Cam Heyward suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter Sunday requiring a follow-up MRI.