Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. Across the Shield follows those who once wore Scarlet and Gray on their journeys through the NFL.
Sam Hubbard Gets a Win
It's been a long year for the Bengals.
With only a chance at the No. 1 overall pick to lift their spirits, Bengals fans have had a rude awakening to the new era led by first-year coach Zac Taylor. Injuries, suspensions and the worst record in the league is not how Cincinnati envisioned 2019.
But on Sunday, Bengals fans had a reason to cheer.
Cincinnati got its first win of the year, beating the Jets 22-6 at home, and former Buckeye Sam Hubbard played a big role recording five tackles and a sack.
Sam Hubbard has played Sam backer quite a bit, but putting him at Mike backer to blitz is interesting pic.twitter.com/vQYoX0MmbA— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) December 1, 2019
It has been a rough season, but Hubbard has been a consistent bright spot for the Bengals and his performance only solidified that his hometown team is better with him in its future.
Bradley Roby returns in a big way
Bradley Roby had a hell of a game in his return to the field, and with a heavy heart.
After a hamstring injury kept him sidelined for five weeks, Roby entered the Texans Sunday night matchup against the Patriots eager to play.
Only hours ago, Roby had attended the funeral for his late-grandfather and was determined to play one of the best games of his career.
He delivered by recording four tackles, a sack and an interception in the Texans 28-22 win.
Dre'Mont Jones gets a pick
Buckeye fans have known Dre'Mont Jones has a nice pair of mitts going back to his pick six against TCU in 2018, so it was only a matter of time before Jones showed that talent in the NFL.
In the Broncos win over the Chargers, Jones did just that, intercepting Philip Rivers after sniffing out the screen for one of the best plays of his rookie season.
Dre'Mont Jones with the first interception of his career! pic.twitter.com/sQFq1Zft0f— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 1, 2019
So far, Jones has recorded nine tackles in a somewhat quiet rookie season. If he continues to make plays like that for the Broncos defense, the fans will soon know the name.
Cameron Heyward gets revenge over the Browns
One of the most-anticipated games of the week was the grudge match between AFC-North foes Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
The game is always tense because of the rivalry, but this one was especially because of the fight between Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph
This time Pittsburgh got the last laugh and the win, beating the Browns 20-13. Former Buckeye great Cameron Heyward had five tackles and half a sack.
Go around the locker room and hear from Cameron Heyward, Benny Snell, David DeCastro, James Washington, Ramon Foster & Nick Vannett following our 20-13 win against the Browns.@HeinzKetchup_US pic.twitter.com/gpngXcsPIJ— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 2, 2019
It was a long day for Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and it didn't help having Heyward in his face for most of it.
|SAM HUBBARD||BENGALS||DL||5 TACKLES AND A SACK|
|JEFF HEUERMAN||BRONCOS||TE||3 CATCHES FOR 15 YARDS|
|DRE'MONT JONES||BRONCOS||DL||1 TACKLE AND 1 INTERCEPTION|
|DENZEL WARD||BROWNS||CB||3 TACKLES|
|JOEY BOSA||CHARGERS||DL||1 TACKLE|
|DARRON LEE||CHIEFS||LB||2 TACKLES|
|MALIK HOOKER||COLTS||S||4 TACKLES|
|EZEKIEL ELLIOTT||COWBOYS||RB||12 CARRIES FOR 71 YARDS, 7 CATCHES FOR 66 YARDS|
|RAEKWON MCMILLAN||DOLPHINS||LB||7 TACKLES|
|JEROME BAKER||DOLPHINS||LB||4 TACKLES|
|CAMERON JOHNSTON||EAGLES||P||3 PUNTS FOR 128 YARDS, 2 INSIDE THE 20|
|MALCOLM JENKINS||EAGLES||S||7 TACKLES 1 PASS DEFENDED|
|KENDALL SHEFFIELD||FALCONS||CB||3 TACKLES 1 PASS DEFENDED|
|CURTIS SAMUEL||PANTHERS||WR||4 CATCHES FOR 65 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN|
|NATE EBNER||PATRIOTS||DB||1 TACKLE|
|JOHN SIMON||PATRIOTS||DL||5 TACKLES|
|JOHNATHAN HANKINS||RAIDERS||DL||5 TACKLES|
|DWAYNE HASKINS||REDSKINS||QB||13/25 FOR 147 YARDS|
|TERRY MCLAURIN||REDSKINS||WR||2 CATCHES FOR 8 YARDS|
|ELI APPLE||SAINTS||CB||9 TACKLES|
|VONN BELL||SAINTS||S||5 TACKLES|
|TED GINN JR.||SAINTS||WR|
|MICHAEL THOMAS||SAINTS||WR||6 CATCHES FOR 48 YARDS|
|MARSHON LATTIMORE||SAINTS||CB||9 TACKLES 1 PASS DEFENDED|
|JAMARCO JONES||SEAHAWKS||OL||MONDAY NIGHT|
|NICK VANNETT||STEELERS||TE||1 CATCH FOR 7 YARDS|
|CAMERON HEYWARD||STEELERS||DL||6 TACKLES AND 0.5 SACKS|
|BRADLEY ROBY||TEXANS||CB||4 TACKLES 1 SACK 1 INTERCEPTION|
|CARLOS HYDE||TEXANS||RB||10 CARRIES FOR 17 YARDS|
|PAT ELFLEIN||VIKINGS||OL||MONDAY NIGHT|
|JALYN HOLMES||VIKINGS||DL||MONDAY NIGHT|
|NICK BOSA||49ERS||DL||1 TACKLE|