Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. Across the Shield follows those who once wore Scarlet and Gray on their journeys through the NFL.
Still Can't Guard Mike
We're 12 weeks into the season and NFL secondaries still haven't figured out how to deal with Michael Thomas.
This week, the rookie had perhaps his best performance of the year, catching nine passes for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The monster performance gives Thomas 681 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 56 receptions – all highs among NFL rookies. He also leads the league in catch rate of balls thrown 20 or more yards downfield, according to @PFF.
It's almost as if some NFL teams made poor choices by allowing six receivers to be selected before him in the 2016 Draft.
Pryor Shrugs Off a Hater
The Browns lost again, but not due to the efforts of Terrelle Pryor. The quarterback-turned receiver has consistently been Cleveland's most consistent offensive threat, and that was true again Sunday afternoon as Pryor finished the day with six catches for 131 yards, leading all receivers.
Giants' cornerback Janoris Jenkins, however, was unimpressed.
After the game, Jenkins went promptly to his hot take machine to inform Pryor he did not think he was very good at football.
Jenkins, who took shots at Pryor earlier in the week by saying he was "just big," fired off two since-deleted Tweets criticizing the former quarterback's ability to play receiver.
"Lol, cause he sucks, he caught balls n Zone coverage.. HeASh*tEaterToMe"
@TerrellePryor You a Sh*t Eater to me, u really sucks.. #
Pryor's response was about as classy as it could have been.
You are a great corner. Solid defender! You played a solid game. God Bless !! Good luck rest of year https://t.co/Lomh8ke4YW— Terrelle Pryor SR (@TerrellePryor) November 27, 2016
When asked if Jenkins was a top three corner in the NFL, Pryor responded with "Easily. Worth every dime."
If you would have told me five years ago that Terrelle Pryor would be taking the high road in social media spat, I would have called you a liar. Now, he's become a genuinely pleasant human being and it really is great to see.
Also, despite what Jenkins thinks, he's been pretty good at football:
Terrelle Pryor is on pace for 1,140 yards in his first full year as a receiver despite playing with a parade of QBs worse than he was.— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) November 27, 2016
Big Bear Makes Big Plays
It's been a while since we've talked about how impossible is is to block Joey Bosa, so we're going to do that again.
Usually, Bosa's impact cannot really be seen in numbers as he spends a lot of time eating double and triple teams and forcing teams to run away from him. Sunday however, Bosa got his numbers.
The former Buckeye finished the day with seven total tackles, two tackles for a loss and combined for a sack. Still, those numbers don't tell the whole story about just how dominant he was nearly every snap.
So watch this (there's a nice cameo from Braxton Miller as well):
The dude is an absolute monster. It's absolutely terrifying to think he could still be playing college football, along with Michael Thomas, Ezekiel Elliott, Vonn Bell, Taylor Decker and all of the other members of the 2016 class who left early.
Joey Bosa has 4 more total pressures than any player has managed after their first 8 games in the NFL in past decade...after his first seven— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) November 28, 2016
Darron Lee Takes Blame
Despite playing a huge game for the Jets, leading the team in tackles with 11, rookie Darron took nearly full responsibility for the team's 22-17 loss to the Patriots.
New England trailed New York 17-16 in the fourth quarter and needed a late fourth-quarter drive to take the lead. On that drive, the Jets forced the Patriots to convert on fourth down with the game on the line, and they did.
Tom Brady hit running back James White for the first down. Lee had a chance to make the play before White got to the sticks, but he couldn't do it. He took full responsibility.
"That play is completely on me. I'm probably not going to sleep tonight because of that play, because of we stop them we win that game," Lee said on ESPN radio after the game. "I know it doesn't come down to one play, but that's why they brought me here – to make those kind of plays."
You have to feel for him, but it's pretty cool to see him take so much responsibility as just a rookie.
"I'm sick. I'm sick to my stomach," Lee said. "I feel like I let me teammates down, but I gotta get up and go back to work tomorrow."
Play of the WEek
It appears the Carolina Panthers have figured out the let-Ted-Ginn-Jr-outrun-everybody-and-then-throw-him-the-ball offense.
Ginn hadn't caught a touchdown pass all season until he burned New Orleans deep last week for a 40-yard touchdown.
This week, he did one better, hauling in an 88-yard touchdown catch during Carolina's 35-32 loss against the Raiders.
The best part is when Ginn caught the ball, there were about two yards between him and the defender. When he reached the end zone, there were over five.
Ted Ginn Jr. – still fast.
Ohio Against THe World
This might be it. This might be the week I do it.
Thanks to big weeks from Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr., Terrelle Pryor, Ezekiel Elliott, and Carlos Hyde, I am within striking distance of my first fantasy win of the season. I need nine points from Eagles' defense.
Malcolm Jenkins, I'm going to need a pick-six.
Knowing my luck, I'm going to get 8 points and lose because the first tie-breaker is quarterback points scored. So...
|Christian Bryant||S||Arizona Cardinals||Played but did not generate stats|
|Cardale Jones||QB||Buffalo Bills||DNP|
|Adolphus Washington||DT||Buffalo Bills||2 total tackles|
|Philly Brown||WR||Carolina Panthers||Played but did not generate stats|
|Kurt Coleman||S||Carolina Panthers||11 total tackles|
|Ted Ginn Jr.||WR||Carolina Panthers||4 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown, 1 rush for 13 yards|
|Andrew Norwell||OL||Carolina Panthers||Started|
|Mike Adams||OL||Chicago Bears||DNP|
|Mike Nugent||K||Cincinnati Bengals||2 for 2 on field goals, 0 for 1 on extra points|
|Terrelle Pryor||WR||Cleveland Browns||6 catches for 131 yards|
|Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Dallas Cowboys||20 carries for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns, 2 catches for 23 yards|
|Jeff Heuerman||TE||Denver Broncos||Played but did not generate stats|
|Bradley Roby||CB||Denver Broncos||2 total tackles|
|Taylor Decker||OL||Detroit Lions||Started|
|Corey Linsley||OL||Green Bay Packers||Started|
|Braxton Miller||WR||Houston Texans||1 catch for 12 yards|
|John Simon||LB||Houston Texans||DNP – Injured|
|Jack Mewhort||OL||Indianapolis Colts||Started|
|Michael Bennett **||DT||Jacksonville Jaguars||DNP|
|Jake McQuaide||LS||Los Angeles Rams||Started|
|Alex Boone||OL||Minnesota Vikings||Started|
|Nate Ebner||DB||New England Patriots||Played but did not generate stats|
|Vonn Bell||S||New Orleans Saints||3 total tackles|
|Michael Thomas||WR||New Orleans Saints||9 catches for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns|
|Eli Apple||CB||New York Giants||2 total tackles|
|Johnathan Hankins||DT||New York Giants||3 total tackles, 1.5 sacks|
|Darron Lee||LB||New York Jets||11 total tackles|
|Nick Mangold||C||New York Jets||Started|
|Jalin Marshall||WR||New York Jets||2 catches for 6 yards,|
|Devin Smith||WR||New York Jets||DNP|
|Malcolm Jenkins||S||Philadelphia Eagles||Monday Night|
|Cameron Heyward **||DE||Pittsburgh Steelers||DNP – Injured|
|Ryan Shazier||LB||Pittsburgh Steelers||6 total tackles and 0.5 tackles for a loss|
|Joey Bosa||DE||San Diego Chargers||7 total tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss|
|Joshua Perry||LB||San Diego Chargers||1 total tackle|
|Carlos Hyde||RB||San Francisco 49ers||13 carries for 65 yards, 5 catches for 30 yards|
|Tyvis Powell||S||Seattle Seahawks||Played but did not generate stats|
|Nick Vannett||TE||Seattle Seahawks||Played but did not generate stats|
|Donte Whitner||S||Washington Redskins||4 total tackles|
**Player listed as "Injured/Physically Unable to Perform"