Buckeyes in the NFL, Week Nine: All Mangold Everything

By Mike Young on November 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

The SNY cameras have incurred the wrath of Nordic God Nick Mangold, who does not care to be filmed while undressing behind teammate Willie Colon. Feel free to use his glare as your avatar, however. 

Meanwhile, a former Buckeye continues his transition to offensive line, but he should be leery that his new home will hinder his development. Cleveland, after all, is where football careers go to die. 

One tight end is gaining notoriety for his blocking, rather than being used as a weapon in the passing game.

The highlight of the week is a toe-tapping, sideline catch from a receiver who has a reputation for such plays. Plus, Eleven Warriors has stats from all former Buckeyes in the NFL.

Browns grab Fragel

The Purdue game reminded Buckeye fans about about the historical inability to groom tight ends. This week's NFL news proved there are a couple, solid tight ends who wore the Scarlet and Gray. To be fair, one of them converted to offensive line.

Despite the improved play of their line, the Browns plucked Reid Fragel from the Bengals. Cincinnati selected Fragel in the seventh round of this year's draft, and placed him on the practice squad before the start of the regular season.

The 6-foot-8-inch, 308 pound tackle played 3 years as a tight end at Ohio State. In the 2012 season, Fragel converted to tackle and started all 12 games. He has yet to appear in a regular season game as a pro, however, and was inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens. 

The Browns also signed a friend of the program – former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards

Hartsock does the dirty work

The Carolina Panthers are roaring towards the top of the NFC South, on the strength of their top-10 rushing attack.

Cam Newton is a tank, obviously. Outside of him, the Panthers (still) use D'Angelo Williams and Mike Tolbert, while a (somewhat) healthy Jonathan Stewart is getting more carries. Individually, none of those guys are highly regarded. 

Still, Carolina's run game is one of the best in the NFL. Their offensive line's ability to open holes cannot be underestimated, with a former Buckeye tight end leading the way: 

Highlight of the week

I hate to do this to Bengals fans, but we must revisit Thursday night's overtime loss via walk-off safety. That's because Ryan Tannehill's clutch drive in the final minute of the fourth quarter featured this phenomenal catch by Brian Hartline to put them in field goal range.

How ex-Buckeyes Fared During Week Nine 

Player team position stats/Notes
Mike Adams Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert injured, Adams replaces him at RT
Will Allen Pittsburgh Steelers S Active, not asked to help stop Patriots from scoring 55
Alex Boone San Francisco 49ers OG 49ers on bye week
Michael Brewster Jacksonville Jaguars C Jaguars on bye week, and still lost! lolwut
Chimdi Chekwa Oakland Raiders CB 2 tackles in loss to Nick Foles, who threw 7 TDs 
Kurt Coleman Philadelphia Eagles DB 4 tackles, team won by 29 but Philly never satisfied
Jim Cordle New York Giants C Giants on bye week
Nate Ebner New England Patriots DB 2 tackles in win over Steelers 
Reid Fragel Cleveland Browns OT Signed with Browns, inactive in win over Ravens
Ted Ginn Jr. Carolina Panthers WR 1 rec, 10 yds, Rich Arleo's "dud of the day"
Johnathan Hankins New York Giants DT Giants on bye week 
Brian Hartline Miami Dolphins WR 3 rec, 39 yds in win Thursday. Boat show on Sunday!
Ben Hartsock Carolina Panthers TE Key contributor to CAR rushing for 131 yds in win
A.J. Hawk Green Bay Packers LB Plays tonight vs Bears
Boom Herron  Indianapolis Colts RB Active, but no carries in win over Texans 
Cameron Heyward Pittsburgh Steelers DE 5 tackles, 1 sack, only Steeler defender who didn't suck
Santonio Holmes New York Jets WR Inactive with injured hamstring, may return after bye
Malcolm Jenkins New Orleans Saints S Inactive in loss to Jets due to knee injury
James Laurinaitis St. Louis Rams LB 1 sack and led team with 9 tackles in loss to Titans
Nick Mangold New York Jets C Jets run for 198 yds in win over Saints
Jake McQuaide St. Louis Rams LS Snapper on 3 XPs, still obsessed with Breaking Bad
Mike Nugent Cincinnati Bengals K 2 FGs, including a 54 yarder in loss to Dolphins
Ryan Pickett Green Bay Packers DT Plays tonight vs Bears
DeVier Posey Houston Texans WR 3 rec, 23 yds in loss to Colts
Terrelle Pryor Oakland Raiders QB 22-41, 288 yds, 2 Int, 10 rushes, 94 yards, minor injury
Brian Robiskie Atlanta Falcons WR Inactive again in loss to Panthers
Dane Sanzenbacher Cincinnati Bengals WR Could he be a threat to the Dolphins? Nope. 
John Simon Baltimore Ravens LB Inactive in loss to Browns
Rob Sims Detroit Lions OG Lions on bye week
Jake Stoneburner Green Bay Packers TE Plays tonight vs Bears
Donte Whitner San Francisco 49ers S 49ers on bye week

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