Across the Shield: Hyde Scores Twice, Saints Receivers Dominate, and Zeke Has Up-and-Down Performance

By David Wertheim on September 24, 2018 at 9:05 am
Ted Ginn after the Saints overtime win against the Falcons
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Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. Across the Shield follows those who once wore Scarlet and Gray on their journeys through the NFL.

Carlos Hyde Rumbles For Two Scores

Carlos Hyde scored two touchdowns in an NFL contest and helped the Cleveland Browns win their first football game in 635 days... and it wasn't even the best part of his day.

Shortly after the game, Hyde's girlfriend had his first child, his son, Carlos Jr. As you can see here, Hyde paid homage to his soon-to-be born son after this touchdown in a celebration.

Oh, also, it was Hyde's birthday. So he and his son share the same birthday. #nice.

I can't wait for Carlos Jr. to be the starting running back for Ohio State in 2037 under head coach Kenny Guiton.

Elsewhere in this game, Terrelle Pryor had one reception for 25 yards, Darron Lee had seven stops, and Denzel Ward recorded four tackles and forced this fumble.

The Saints Receivers are Really Good

Michael Thomas continues to shatter records, and Ted Ginn continues to catch touchdown passes.

Firstly, Thomas caught 10 passes for 129 yards today and now has officially set the NFL record with 35 catches through his first three games.

Ginn continues to find the end zone, as he caught this four-yard pass from Drew Brees for a touchdown, his second of the season. 

Ginn caught three passes for 12 yards and that score in the Saints' overtime win over the Falcons.

Elsewhere in this game, Vonn Bell recorded five tackles, while Kurt Coleman had two. Marshon Lattimore did a really nice job covering Julio Jones, who made his only big catch with Saints corner Ken Crawley on him when Lattimore was forced to shadow Calvin Ridley after the rookies big first half, and held him to just 26 yards. It was a nice performance from Lattimore after duds in his first two games this season.

Barrett is Back

In other Saints news, they re-signed quarterback J.T. Barrett to the practice squad just a few days after releasing him.

Hopefully Barrett can stick around a little longer this time.

Zeke's Up-and-Down Day

Ezekiel Elliott ran for 127 yards on 16 carries (7.9 avg) in the Cowboys' loss to the Seattle Seahawks yesterday, but it was two key mistakes that had Zeke assessing self-blame after the game.

First off, Elliott committed an "illegal touching" penalty when he stepped out of bounds before coming back in and catching a pass. That pass would have gone for 31 yards and a touchdown, which would have been the game-tying score. Instead, the Cowboys had to settle for a field goal.

"I had no idea [I was out of bounds]," Elliott said after the game. "That's on me. I've got to have better awareness of the sideline. That's it."

On his season-high 26-yard run in the fourth quarter, Elliott committed his first fumble of the season when he was stripped from behind by Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald. 

"You can say whatever, but at the end of the day, when you've got the ball in your hands, that's the team in your hands," Elliott said. "Me being a leader on the team, me being a better player on this team, I got to do a better job of taking care of the ball. That cost us the game."

Elsewhere in this game, Nick Vannett caught four passes for 27 yards.

Zeke will look to rebound (although he played pretty well) next week against the Lions on Sunday Night Football.

Bosa Update

Both Bosa's are currently on the shelf, but it appears that Joey could be back in a few weeks for the Los Angeles Chargers.

It's a good sign that Bosa is making the next step in his recovery, but unfortunate that it's going to be a few more weeks for the stud defensive end. Perhaps the Chargers will tank so they can draft Nick first overall next year and dominate the NFL.

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