Buckeyes in the NFL, Week One: Pryor's Solid Start, Hartline Murders Cleveland

By Mike Young on September 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

That GIF of Terrelle Pryor (via Deadspin) is a little misleading. His first start of the season wasn’t entirely comical.

In fact, Pryor nearly led the Raiders to an upset over the Indianapolis Colts on the way to breaking the Oakland team record for quarterback rushing.

One of his former receivers also had a strong day, although his performance actually contributed to a victory. An ex-Buckeye made a key play on one of the top highlights from Sunday. Plus, stats from all former Buckeyes in the NFL.

Pryor puts numbers on the scoreboard, but not a win

The Raiders aren’t expected to do much this season. Oakland is usually the laughingstock of the league, and their 2013 squad isn't atypical

If Pryor can repeat his performance from Sunday, however, Raiders fans might hold out hope that he can be their first halfway decent quarterback since Rich Gannon.

That’s not saying much, but Pryor put up 329 yards of total offense. Considering his “weapons” are Darren McFadden, Rod Streater and Denarius Moore, it’s amazing he was able to accumulate 217 passing yards while throwing a touchdown pass.

He was also active in the run game, accumulating 112 yards  – the highest rushing total in the NFL. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson called some read-option plays and Pryor scrambled for a few large gains.

His second career start wasn’t perfect – two interceptions and a debilitating sack in the final minutes of the fourth quarter hurt his cause – but Pryor put them in a position to win the game. Plus, it was on the road against a playoff team. Not that Pryor considers it a moral victory:

Hartline Returns to Ohio, Dominates

Hartline's drive-thru game is solid, too.

Although he matched up with the undisputed, three-time "Worst Defensive Back in the NFL" and a team composed of similar (lack of) talent, Brian Hartline put on a show in a return to Northeast Ohio.

The Canton native hauled in nine passes for 114 yards. One grab was a 34-yard touchdown, torching the aforementioned Buster Skrine (for more Skrine discussion, refer to this text message exchange with my father).

Hartline has been a sure-handed receiver since the Dolphins drafted him in 2009. He’s had to deal with Chad Henne, Chad Pennington’s dead arm, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Moore and an inconsistent, rookie quarterback in Ryan Tannehill. Despite the evolving situation behind center, he’s put up solid numbers.

The Miami front office realized this, and rewarded him with a five-year, $31 million contract. Although they weren’t very economical with their offseason spending, Hartline appears to be a reliable investment.

Last season was his best, statistically, which included a 12-catch, 253-yard game against Arizona.

Highlight of the Week

A bit non-traditional here, but check out how former Buckeye lineman Rob Sims – left guard, no. 67 – ignites a long Reggie Bush touchdown catch and run.

How ex-Buckeyes Fared During Week One

Player team position stats/Notes
Mike Adams Pittsburgh Steelers OT Steelers offensive line allowed 5 sacks
Will Allen Dallas Cowboys S 1 INT, 3 tackles, 2 passes defended 
Alex Boone San Francisco 49ers OG Helped Kaepernick throw for 412 yards & 3 TDs
Michael Brewster Jacksonville Jaguars C Backup to Brad Meester, who did this
Chimdi Chekwa Oakland Raiders CB Raiders held Andrew Luck to 178 yards passing
Kurt Coleman Philadelphia Eagles DB Plays tonight vs. Washington Redskins 
Jim Cordle New York Giants C Backup to Kevin Boothe
Ted Ginn Jr. Carolina Panthers WR 1 reception, 10 Yards
Brian Hartline Miami Dolphins WR 9 receptions, 114 yards, 1 TD
Ben Hartsock Carolina Panthers TE Backup to Greg Olsen
A.J. Hawk Green Bay Packers LB 9 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss
Cameron Heyward Pittsburgh Steelers DE 1 tackle
Santonio Holmes New York Jets WR 1 reception, 13 yards
Malcolm Jenkins New Orleans Saints S Led Saints with 6 tackles
James Laurinaitis St. Louis Rams LB 6 tackles, 1 pass deflection
Nick Mangold New York Jets C Injured right arm, but returned
Jake McQuaide St. Louis Rams LS Couldn't have won the game without him
Mike Nugent Cincinnati Bengals K 3 extra point kicks
Ryan Pickett Green Bay Packers DT 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss
DeVier Posey Houston Texans WR Plays tonight vs San Diego Chargers
Terrelle Pryor Oakland Raiders QB 19-29 for 217 yds, 1 TD & 2 INTs, 13 rushes for 112 yds
Rob Sims Detroit Lions OG Helped Lions run for 117 yards & 2 TDs
Donte Whitner San Francisco 49ers S 7 tackles, 1 pass defended
Doug Worthington Washington Redskins DT Plays tonight vs Philadelphia Eagles

Inactive: Nate Ebner (NE), Jonathan Hankins (NYG), Dane Sanzenbacher (CIN), John Simon (BAL)

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