Now in the back stretch of the season, Week 9 in the NFL was good for former Buckeyes. The rookies, both offense and defense, have proven why Ohio State won the 2014 National Championship, and why they had so many players drafted in 2016. A few players finally returned from injuries, while others stayed sidelined.
Touchdowns for everyone!
Former Ohio State players showed off this week, with four guys scoring touchdowns — and some more than one. The 2016 class of NFL rookies has done a great job of making announcers talk about how good Buckeyes are on a consistent basis. By season’s end, there is a good chance that at least one, if not more, walk away with new rookie records and awards.
Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys) continued his impressive rookie season in Week 9, with a 92 yard day against the Browns, and two touchdowns. This is his second week in a row just shy of over 100 rushing yards. Elliott has now rushed for 891 yards and seven touchdowns this season, making him the third back — joining Eric Dickerson and Adrian Peterson — in NFL history to rush for at least 875 yards and seven touchdowns in just eight career games.
Jalin Marshall (Jets) recorded his first NFL career touchdown in Week 9 against the Dolphins. He could see an increase in snaps and targets if he keeps showing this kind of ability, not only on special teams, but on offense too. He finished the day with three receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Terrelle Pryor (Browns) was the only player from Cleveland to make it into the endzone Sunday, where the team continued their win-less streak this season. Pryor was at least able to snag five catches for 47 yards and score.
Michael Thomas (Saints) finished the day with five receptions for 73 yards and two touchdowns against the Niners. The rookie is now at 500 receiving yards on the season, and well on his way to a great career in New Orleans.
Corey Linsley off PUP
The Green Bay Packers activate the center just days ahead of their matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. After tearing his hamstring twice this offseason, Linsley was placed on the physically unable to perform list for the first have of the season. The timing of his return couldn’t better for the Packers, who just lost their backup, J.C. Tretter, to a knee injury.
Steelers defense reloaded
Both Cam Heyward and Ryan Shazier are back after missing several games due to injury, but thanks to last week’s bye, were able to make their return to face division rival Baltimore. The two former Silver Bullets are two of the few bright spots currently on a banged up Steelers team.
Plays of the week
Defenders need love too; especially when they can stuff an offense in the redzone like the Buckeye did for the Giants against division rival Philadelphia. Hankins has been a big factor for the Giants this year, and has stepped up in clutch moments through the season, recording several sacks and key stuffs like this:
Joey Bosa may not have recorded a sack on Sunday, but when teammate Brandon Flowers completed a Pick-6, he gave a nod to the Buckeye and his signature celebration:
- This week’s ‘Monday Night Football’ will feature quite a few rookies out of Ohio State when the Buffalo Bills (Cardale Jones, Adolphus Washington) face the Seattle Seahawks (Tyvis Powell, Nick Vannett).
- The NFL trade deadline was this past week which benefited former Ohio State offensive lineman Chase Farris, who was signed to the Patriots’ practice squad.
- Several Buckeyes were on bye this week, including the Houston Texans (Braxton Miller, John Simon), Chicago Bears (Mike Adams), New England Patriots (Nate Ebner) and Cincinnati Bengals (Mike Nugent).
- Alex Boone (Vikings) was out with a concussion in Week 9. Nick Mangold (Jets) and teammate Darron Lee, both missed their second game in a row with ankle injuries. Jack Mewhort (Colts) was inactive with a lingering tricep injury. Running back Carlos Hyde (Niners) missed another game Sunday thanks to a shoulder injury.
- The New Orleans Saints placed James Laurinaitis on IR for a lingering quad injury — the veteran had never missed a game in his entire career until this season.