While Week 2 of the NFL Season was a bad one for former Ohio State players due to multiple injuries, including to Nick Bosa, Parris Campbell and Malik Hooker, there were still some highlight performances by Buckeyes to be found across the league.
Here are seven standout showings from Ohio State alums as each player moves into Week 3.
- Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was not able to earn his first NFL win, but he again impressed, completing 27 of 61 passes for 316 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a Thursday Night Football loss to the Cleveland Browns.
- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had a typical strong showing once again, rushing for 89 yards and a score while also adding 33 receiving yards on six catches in a 40-39 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
- Jordan Fuller continued to impress in his second game for the Los Angeles Rams, earning nine tackles and helping the Rams to a 37-19 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Fuller, who was drafted in the sixth round, played in all 71 defensive snaps during the game.
- Wide receiver Terry McLaurin couldn’t help enough to stop Washington Football Team from falling to the Arizona Cardinals 30-15, but he certainly made an impact. He led the team with seven receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown, accounting for over half of Dwayne Haskins’ 223 passing yards.
- Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah made his NFL debut against the Green Bay Packers and finished with seven tackles in the 42-21 loss. While he did get beat on a few plays, Okudah was also tasked with primarily covering star wide out Davante Adams, who finished with just three catches for 36 yards. Adams did leave the game following a hamstring injury in the third quarter.
- Cornerback Denzel Ward had a very strong performance in the Browns’ 35-30 win over the Bengals, even after finishing with just three tackles in the game. Ward also had three passes defended and made his impact past what was shown in the box score.
Ward lined up against A.J. Green on 16 plays in coverage — Green was targeted 7 times for only 2 receptions for 14 yards.
Ward pressed Green at the line of scrimmage on 11 of those 16 plays.
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 18, 2020
- Washington defensive end Chase Young continued to pick up where he left off at the collegiate level, bringing in another sack to go along with his four tackles and two tackles for loss in the 15-point defeat to Arizona.
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