Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. Across the Shield follows those who once wore Scarlet and Gray on their journeys through the NFL.
Watch out, it's Jerome Baker
Here's one thing you'd thought you wouldn't hear this season: The Miami Dolphins are on a winning streak.
While shocking, that sentence is true. The Dolphins defeated Indianapolis on Sunday to secure its second win of the season. A big reason the Dolphins were able to pull off the upset was the play of former Buckeye linebacker Jerome Baker.
Baker was all over the field, he finished the game with eight tackles a sack and a forced fumble.
Baker has really come on these last few weeks to emerge as one of the most promising young backers in the league. His speed is a nightmare for quarterbacks, his play has been one of the few things the Dolphins can hang their hat on.
Michael Thomas can catch anything... even an L
The Saints have looked like one of the top teams in the league all season. That's why the shock of the week was that they fell to a lowly Atlanta team at home.
New Orleans' often high-powered offense couldn't find the end zone in the 26-9 loss, but that still didn't stop Michael Thomas from looking impressive.
Thomas finished the game with 13 catches on 14 targets for 152 yards. It was his fifth game this season with double-digit receptions.
Needless to say Thomas is the best reception receiver in the league, and even in a loss he's still a sight to behold.
Curtis Samuel is waiting to explode
Michael Thomas wasn't the only Buckeye receiver to play well in a loss on Sunday. Curtis Samuel did all he could in a loss to the Packers.
Samuel had 4 catches for 35 yards and a touchdown, which for him is barley scratching the glass on his capabilities. With a back like Christian McCaffrey in its backfield, Carolina's offense should be wide open, and it the open is where Samuel operates best.
Such a simple route, but Curtis Samuel executes it perfectly. Made for an easy completion that ate up a lot of yards late in the game yesterday.— Crown Sports Charlotte (@CrownSportsCHA) November 11, 2019
Cameron Heyward enters the 50 sack club
One Buckeye who has been holding it down in the league is Cameron Heyward. As one of the few Buckeyes still thriving from the Tressel era, its nice to see him still among the top defensive lineman in the league.
His three tackles and a sack helped guide the Steelers to a crucial win over the Rams on Sunday, the win keeps Pittsburgh (5-4) in playoff conversations.
Heyward's sack also signified a milestone for the former Buckeye. 50 over a long and successful career, congrats Cameron.
|SAM HUBBARD||BENGALS||DL||2 TACKLES|
|DENZEL WARD||BROWNS||CB||4 TACKLES, 2 PASSES DEFENDED|
|JOEY BOSA||CHARGERS||DL||2 TACKLES|
|DARRON LEE||CHIEFS||LB||1 TACKLE|
|MALIK HOOKER||COLTS||S||3 TACKLES|
|TYQUAN LEWIS||COLTS||DL||1 TACKLE|
|EZEKIEL ELLIOTT||COWBOYS||RB||47 YARDS ON 20 CARRIES , 2 CATCHES FOR 16 YARDS|
|RAEKWON MCMILLAN||DOLPHINS||LB||5 TACKLES|
|JEROME BAKER||DOLPHINS||LB||8 TACKLES 1 SACK AND A FORCED FUMBLE|
|KENDALL SHEFFIELD||FALCONS||CB||5 TACKLES, 1 PASS DEFENDED|
|CURTIS SAMUEL||PANTHERS||WR||4 CATCHES FOR 35 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN|
|JOHNATHAN HANKINS||RAIDERS||DL||3 TACKLES|
|ELI APPLE||SAINTS||CB||5 TACKLES|
|VONN BELL||SAINTS||S||7 TACKLES|
|TED GINN JR||SAINTS||WR|
|MICHAEL THOMAS||SAINTS||WR||13 CATCHES FOR 152 YARDS|
|MARSHON LATTIMORE||SAINTS||WR||2 TACKLES 1 PASS DEFENDED|
|JAMARCO JONES||SEAHAWKS||OL||MONDAY NIGHT|
|NICK VANNETT||STEELERS||TE||1 CATCH FOR 8 YARDS|
|CAMERON HEYWARD||STEELERS||DL||3 TACKLES FOR 1 SACK|
|NICK BOSA||49ERS||DL||8 TACKLES, 1 TACKLE FOR LOSS|