Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. Across the Shield follows those who once wore Scarlet and Gray on their journeys through the NFL.
Welcome back, Devin Smith
After being waived by the Jets following a pair of ACL tears, Devin Smith's future in the NFL looked bleak.
The former second-round pick was without a team and had only displayed a small sample size of the big-play ability he often showcased as a Buckeye. Still, the Dallas Cowboys gave him a shot at making their roster.
So far, he's made the most of the opportunity.
On Sunday, with the Cowboys trailing the Redskins 7-0 late in the second quarter, Smith jumpstarted the Cowboys' offense with a 51-yard touchdown catch from Dak Prescott.
Devin Smith has his first touchdown since 2015, and its a deeeeeeeep one. pic.twitter.com/UrPMKIVgGH— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 15, 2019
Just Terry Being Scary
Terry McLaurin is good.
That's an understatement if you're a Buckeye fan who watched the speedy receiver progress throughout his four years in Columbus. But for those who didn't have the pleasure of watching him on Saturdays, his first two weeks in the NFL have made him a can't miss attraction.
After a stellar five-catch for 125 yards debut performance last week, the rookie made plays for the Redskins in their matchup against the rival Cowboys on Sunday.
Even though the Redskins lost 31-21, they were able to stay in the game thanks to Mclaurin's five catches for 69 yards; highlighted by this one-yard touchdown here:
Just Terry McLaurin doing Terry McLaurin things. https://t.co/xFX4nVkn0L— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 15, 2019
Parris' first of many
Alongside McLaurin, Ohio State had another gem of a receiver to offer the NFL in the form of Parris Campbell.
Campbell, who went 59th overall in the 2019 draft to Indianapolis, scored his first touchdown Sunday afternoon during the Colts 19-17 win over the Titans.
Parris Campbell with his first NFL touchdown. pic.twitter.com/Z2Jv8lbpaA— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 15, 2019
Campbell's lone catch of the day was a gamechanger and with Colts star receiver Devin Funchess out due to a broken collarbone, expect Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett to continue to look to Campbell.
A pair of Saints aren't so lucky
Sunday was a letdown for Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr.
After being butted out of the last season's Super Bowl race by the Rams thanks to the worst missed call in NFL history, New Orleans looked to exact some revenge in week two against Los Angeles.
Unfortunately for the Saints, Drew Brees injured his hand early in the game and backup Teddy Bridgewater wasn't enough falling 27-9.
It was a long day for Saints fans, who've had to ponder over what could have been for an entire NFL offseason. At least they had a bright spot in Thomas and Ginn who had 10 and seven receptions, respectively for a combined 190 yards.
|SAM HUBBARD||BENGALS||DL||6 TACKLES, 3 SOLO|
|JEFF HEUERMAN||BRONCOS||TE||4 RECEPTIONS, 21 YARDS|
|DENZEL WARD||BROWNS||CB||MONDAY NIGHT|
|JOEY BOSA||CHARGERS||DL||6 TACKLES, 2 SOLO|
|DARRON LEE||CHIEFS||LB||3 TACKLES, 1 SOLO|
|MALIK HOOKER||COLTS||S||3 TACKLES|
|TYQUAN LEWIS||COLTS||DL||1 TACKLE|
|PARRIS CAMPBELL||COLTS||WR||1 CATCH FOR 12 YARD TD, 2 KICK RETURNS FOR 22 YARDS|
|EZEKIEL ELLIOTT||COWBOYS||RB||23 CARRIES FOR 111 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN, 2 CATCHES FOR 9 YARDS|
|DEVIN SMITH||COWBOYS||WR||3 CATCHES FOR 74 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN|
|RAEKWON MCMILLAN||DOLPHINS||LB||4 TACKLES, 1 SOLO|
|JEROME BAKER||DOLPHINS||LB||12 TACKLES, 7 SOLO|
|CAMERON JOHNSTON||EAGLES||P||4 PUNTS FOR 209 YARDS, 3 INSIDE THE 20|
|MALCOLM JENKINS||EAGLES||S||3 TACKLES, 1 FORCED FUMBLE|
|KENDALL SHEFFIELD||FALCONS||CB||2 TACKLES, 1 FORCED FUMBLE|
|CURTIS SAMUEL||PANTHERS||WR||5 CATCHES FOR 91 YARDS, 1 RUSH FOR 2 YARDS|
|JOHN SIMON||PATRIOTS||DL||1 TACKLE, 1 SACK|
|GAREON CONLEY||RAIDERS||CB||3 TACKLES|
|JOHNATHAN HANKINS||RAIDERS||DL||5 TACKLES, 4 SOLO|
|TERRY MCLAURIN||REDSKINS||WR||5 CATCHES FOR 69 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN|
|ELI APPLE||SAINTS||CB||7 TACKLES|
|VONN BELL||SAINTS||S||5 TACKLES|
|TED GINN JR.||SAINTS||WR||7 RECEPTIONS FOR 101 YARDS|
|MICHAEL THOMAS||SAINTS||WR||10 RECEPTIONS FOR 89 YARDS|
|MARSHON LATTIMORE||SAINTS||CB||5 TACKLES|
|NICK VANNETT||SEAHAWKS||TE||1 CATCH FOR 13 YARDS|
|CAMERON HEYWARD||STEELERS||DL||3 TACKLES, 3 SOLO|
|BRADLEY ROBY||TEXANS||CB||TWO TACKLES|
|CARLOS HYDE||TEXANS||RB||20 CARRIES FOR 90 YARDS|
|JALYN HOLMES||VIKINGS||DL||3 TACKLES AND 1 SACK|
|NICK BOSA||49ERS||DL||3 TACKLES AND 1 SACK,|