Almost half of the NFL rookie class out of Ohio State were inactive in Week 3, most due to injury but others due to the depth chart. Some former Buckeyes are really starting to make a name for themselves at the next level, and not just rookies, with a second year player making his career debut and Terrelle Pryor taking snaps at quarterback.
This is the time of year players start going down, but fortunately, most of the former Buckeyes who are sidelined this week are expected to be back relatively soon. In the meantime, there were plenty of playmakers out of Ohio State in Week 3.
Terrelle Pryor goes off
If people weren’t already convinced that the former Buckeye quarterback was going to find success at his new position, Pryor went off against the Dolphins Sunday. Not only did he take snaps in his regular role, but he took five snaps at his old position, and even one on defense as a safety. He finished the day with 144 receiving yards, 21 rushing yards — including a rushing touchdown from the shotgun -- and 35 passing yards.
Pryor became the first player since the 1980s to have 2 receptions, 2 rushing attempts, and 2 completions in a game. And as our friends at Pro Football Talk point out, Pryor put together a stat line that nobody had done since Hall of Famer Frank Gifford all the way back in 1959.
In only the third week of the season, the Buckeye has found his spot with the Browns, and — now that rookie receiver Corey Coleman is out — will see a much bigger role for the coming weeks.
Carlos Hyde breaks out
The running back has returned for the 49ers after a concussion earlier in the season, and went on to rush for 103 yards and two touchdowns Sunday. This made him the first person to rush for over 100 yards against the Seahawks’ defense since Jamaal Charles in 2014. Hyde was expected to have a bigger workload with Chip Kelly as the team’s new head coach, and this certainly proved it.
Jeff Heuerman makes debut
After missing his rookie season with an ACL injury that kept him out the entire year and then some, the former Buckeye tight end finally made his NFL career debut back in his home state. Despite playing for the visiting Broncos, Heuerman got a roar of cheers after his first career catch in Cincinnati, for 29 yards.
Darron Lee stays winning
The Jets may have lost mightily to the Chiefs on Sunday, but rookie linebacker Darron Lee looks better each week. The Buckeye earned the starting role in Week 3 with Erin Henderson sidelined and didn’t waste the extra snaps. In the opening 30 minutes of the game, Lee had already recorded 3 solo tackles — 2 for loss — and half a sack.
Plays of the week
Zeke’s early season has been a mixed bag, with a pair of touchdown runs to go with a pair of fumbles heading into Sunday night’s tilt with the Chicago Bears. The former No. 4 draft pick got in the action early and often against the Bears, rushing for 140 yards on 30 carries, his first time hitting the century mark in the league. He added a few pro-level pass blocks, too. Oh, and then there was this:
Running away from your shenanigans like pic.twitter.com/nRNb9ncAqZ— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) September 26, 2016
The veteran has always been a leader on and off the field, and he showed up big for the Eagles against one of the league’s biggest offensive weapons — Antonio Brown. He was able to shut down the receiver early in the game, almost coming up with the interception, his first of two almost-picks on the day.
Jenkins on Brown, wow! pic.twitter.com/VZAVBoU3e6— Philly Influencer (@PHL_Influencer) September 25, 2016
Just weeks after finishing up living out his dream at the Rio Olympics, the former Buckeye is back to making special teams plays for the Patriots. With quarterbacks going down in New England at a jarring rate, the team can use all the help it can get from the other position groups.
The rookie has shown glimpses of greatness is his short career thus far, but there have been a few moments that were eerily similar to those he had at Ohio State. He can be a very good return man. But Marshall can also have questionable ball security on those returns, resulting in points for the other team.
- Braxton Miller (Texans) missed Week 3 with a hamstring injury, and Eli Apple (Giants) left early with the same issue. Joey Bosa (hamstring) and Nick Vannett (ankle) have yet to see playing time during the regular season. The Bills’ Cardale Jones, Chargers’ Joshua Perry, and Seahawks’ Tyvis Powell were listed as inactive in Week 3 as well.
- Mike Nugent left the Bengals game after injuring his shoulder trying to tackle a returner and Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier seemed to tweak his injured knee, but returned to action. Alex Boone had to be carted off the field during the Vikings game Sunday with a hip injury; he did return to the sideline, but never returned to the game. Jack Mewhort went down late in the Colts game against the Chargers when a player rolled over his knee, but he was able to walk off the field.
- Former Buckeyes Vonn Bell, James Laurinaitis, and Michael Thomas will all suit up for the Saints on ‘Monday Night Football’ against their division rival, the Falcons.
- He might not be as big a factor yet this season, but Carolina Panthers wide receiver Philly Brown finds ways to stay entertained before games: