Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. Across the Shield follows those who once wore Scarlet and Gray on their journeys through the NFL.
Michael Thomas Reaches Milestone
It seems like every week, Michael Thomas breaks some kind of record. This week, he set the mark for the most catches through three seasons in NFL history.
Thomas reached the mark during the Saints' 28-14 win over Tampa Bay, where he had a team-high 11 catches for 98 yards, including this great grab.
Thomas set the record with three games left in the regular season, meaning he is likely to shatter the mark the rest of the way.
Marshon Lattimore Records Interception, Has Nice Afternoon
After getting abused by Mike Evans in their week-one matchup, Marshon Lattimore recovered very nicely today, as he held Evans to just one catch in their matchups across the afternoon, and even recorded an interception and a forced fumble to go along with his five tackles.
Michael Thomas had some glowing praise for his teammate after the game:
Michael Thomas said he was excited and proud for Marshon Lattimore to seal the game with an interception: "I know he was real frustrated from that Week 1, just how hes a competitor and he loves going out there and playing against the best."— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) December 9, 2018
Elsewhere in this game, Eli Apple was also excellent all afternoon, with three tackles and two passes defended, while Vonn Bell added four tackles, and Kurt Coleman chipped in with three.
Zeke Keeps Rolling
Ezekiel Elliott has been the best running back in the NFL over the past five games, and he continued his torrid pace yesterday, rushing for 113 yards on 28 carries (4.0 avg), and snagging 12 receptions for an additional 79 yards.
Ezekiel Elliott picked up 187 scrimmage yards in the first game with Philadelphia. He picked up 192 scrimmage yards today.— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) December 10, 2018
Elliott is now leading the league in rushing yards after his performance today. It is no coincidence that the Cowboys are playing much better football with Zeke rolling like he is.
A few Buckeyes were involved in transactional news this week, specifically revolving around the New York Jets.
Firstly, Tyvis Powell was signed to the Jets practice squad.
Powell has bounced around the NFL since departing from Ohio State, playing in five games for the San Francisco 49ers this year.
Secondly, Darron Lee was suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
It is unfortunate for Lee, who was playing excellent football this season.