What a past few days of football it has been!
Sure, the NFL has been going for seven weeks now, but this weekend really felt like the true start of football season with the return of Ohio State and the rest of the Big Ten. We got to see the current crop of Buckeyes in action for the first time on Saturday, but OSU alum have been putting on a show in the league for nearly two months now, and that was no different this time around.
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Davon Hamilton had himself an afternoon in an otherwise subpar performance for his team overall. The first-year man racked up eight total tackles — tied for second-most in the game — with one tackle for loss and two QB hits. He was recognized by Pro Football Focus for his efforts, finishing as the highest-graded defensive rookie of the week.
Highest-graded rookies from Wk 7— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 26, 2020
Offense: Harrison Bryant, Browns TE
Defense: Davon Hamilton, Jaguars DT pic.twitter.com/WYQRstD0Tc
Speaking of former Ohio State defensive linemen, Chase Young was solid once again for the Washington Football Team. The No. 2 overall pick tallied a team-high six tackles on Sunday in WFT’s 25-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys, and was also credited with four QB hurries. According to PFF, Young ranks fourth in the NFL in run stop percentage, behind only T.J. Watt, Demarcus Lawrence and Cameron Jordan.
May I remind you that this man is only 21 years old?
Other miscellaneous news and notes for Buckeye rookies
- It was an especially quiet week for first-year Ohio State alum, as many find themselves either on the injured reserve (Damon Arnette, Jordan Fuller) or on a bye week (J.K. Dobbins, Malik Harrison).
- Jeff Okudah recorded four tackles and a pass breakup for the Detroit Lions. The rookie corner has struggled early in his NFL career, however he was rated the best run defending CB in the league in Week 7 by PFF.
- Jonah Jackson started at left guard for the Lions.
As if you needed any additional reasons to love Terry McLaurin, he had one heck of a weekend both on and off the field. For starters, he absolutely embarrassed Trevon Diggs with a 52-yard TD after the two had words before the play. He then celebrated by rocking the baby in his face. We stan Scary Terry.
Trevon Diggs was jawing at Terry McLaurin.— Ryan Fowler (@FowlerRyan1) October 25, 2020
Next play McLaurin burns him deep and tells him he’s too small and rocks the baby.
Afterwords, he showed his leadership with a great postgame locker room speech.
After an injury to starting RB Chris Carson in the first half, the Seattle Seahawks turned to Carlos Hyde to shoulder the load the rest of the way. The former OSU back put in a solid performance off the bench, rushing for 68 yards on 15 carries, including this long TD in the second quarter.
Much like McLaurin, Joey Bosa looked great on Sunday both during and after the game. In the Los Angeles Chargers’ 39-29 win over the Jaguars, Bosa tallied three total tackles with one tackle for loss and half a sack.
After the game, he shared some of his pass-rushing wizardry with Jags defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson. If I had gone to another school to play football, I would also love to learn a few tips from a Larry Johnson disciple. Good to see Bosa paying it forward.
Joey Bosa spent 5-10 mins with K’Lavon Chaisson after the game. Showing him diff footwork & hand techniques. pic.twitter.com/YE7faGtibJ— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) October 25, 2020
It wouldn’t be an NFL weekend without a former member of BIA making plays. Denzel Ward showed off a brand new trick in the Cleveland Browns’ 37-34 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, sliding past a blocker to pick up a TFL on a wide receiver screen. Ward finished the afternoon with six total tackles and three pass breakups.
Ok, I can't get over this. Denzel Ward literally SLIDES underneath the block to blow up the WR screen pic.twitter.com/VeqnLuZ23u— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) October 26, 2020
Curtis Samuel continues to do a little bit of everything for the Carolina Panthers. In his team’s 27-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints, Samuel caught six passes for 48 yards while also rushing for a 5-yard TD. On the season, he now has 231 yards through the air to go along with 72 yards on the ground.
Curtis Samuel ties the game with a RB carry into the endzone.pic.twitter.com/vEDS9dnhhg— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 25, 2020
Other miscellaneous news and notes for Buckeye veterans
- Vonn Bell had a team-high eight total tackles for the Bengals.
- Ezekiel Elliott had 12 carries for 45 yards for the Dallas Cowboys.
- Dre’Mont Jones had two tackles and a sack for the Denver Broncos.
- Marshon Lattimore had a team-high six total tackles for the Saints.
- Kendall Sheffield had six tackles for the Atlanta Falcons
- Taylor Decker, Michael Jordan, Corey Linsley and Andrew Norwell all started along the offensive line for their respective teams.