There were no shortage of Buckeyes on the field on the first NFL Sunday of the year.
Justin Fields, Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell were among the Buckeyes who made big plays in Week 1 of the NFL season, and we've rounded up some of the highlights – and lowlights – for Ohio State players around the league in the year's first edition of Across The Shield, our weekly roundup of how former Ohio State players are performing around the league.
Justin Fields scores first TD
Fields didn't have to wait long for his first NFL completion to become a reality. Although he didn't start for the Chicago Bears in their season opener, Matt Nagy called Fields' number when the Bears faced a 2nd-and-10 from the Rams' 12-yard line. Fields calmly took the snap, looked to his right and fired a 9-yard strike to Marquise Goodwin.
First snap, check. First completion, check.
Unfortunately for fans of the Bears, Andy Dalton returned to the game on the next play and two snaps later, he threw an interception to kill their first drive.
Fields returned to the game for several more individual plays throughout the game, though, and scored the first touchdown of his NFL career on a 3-yard run in the third quarter. The touchdown came on his first regular-season rushing attempt.
Dalton remains the Bears' starting quarterback for now, but it should be only a matter of time before Fields takes the reins of their offense.
McLaurin makes spectacular catch
Terry McLaurin might have already made the catch of the year.
After fighting off a hold at the start of his route, McLaurin had the concentration to track a deep ball through the defensive back's arms and showcased incredible skill to make a downfield grab and drop his backside just inside the sideline for a 34-yard reception in the Washington Football Team's season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.
McLaurin finished with four receptions for 62 yards in Washington's 20-16 loss.
Tough day for Okudah
Jeff Okudah had a day to forget to start his second NFL season.
Around the midpoint of the third quarter of the Detroit Lions' season opener, with his team already down 31-10, the former All-American Ohio State cornerback got abused by Deebo Samuel. Okudah was sent sprawling down the sideline as Samuel beat him for a 79-yard touchdown to extend San Francisco's lead to 28 points.
Deebo vs. Okudah isnt fair pic.twitter.com/WZHJEcipEf— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) September 12, 2021
Earlier in the game, Okudah's position coach, Aubrey Pleasant, wasn't too ... pleasant with his words with Okudah.
Do not piss off Aubrey Pleasant. Not sure what Okudah did, but man, yikes. pic.twitter.com/TAwuoY7ZoJ— Scott Warheit (@swarheit) September 12, 2021
The bad day for Okudah became worse, as he later suffered a torn Achilles that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
An MRI confirmed #Lions CB Jeff Okudah suffered a ruptured Achilles, source said. Season over for last year's No. 3 overall pick, who was coming off a strong camp.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 13, 2021
Campbell goes deep
Parris Campbell showed off his speed, hands and bravery in one play early in the second quarter of the Indianapolis Colts' season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. From the slot, Campbell avoided a re-route from a Seattle defender, then put on the after burners as he raced across the field to pull down a strike from Carson Wentz.
Big credit to Campbell for being able to hold onto the ball after Quandre Diggs lowered the boom on him. Targeted three times, this was Parris' only catch in the Colts’ 28-16 loss to Seattle.
Degenerate Miami fans get paid
Five days before the Dolphins faced the Patriots, fans of Miami were already laying claim on easy money. Jerome Baker's over-under for tackles for the game was set at 4.5.
The knowledgeable Dolphin fans knew the favorable history Baker has with New England and that he entered the game averaging 10 tackles per game against the Patriots.
Jerome Baker needs one more tackle to hit his 4.5 O/U— Jason Sarney (@Jason_Sarney) September 12, 2021
AVG needs 2 to cover his.
How did things turn out? Pay the people. Baker easily covered as he finished the day with 12 tackles.
Following the L.A. Rams' 34-14 victory over the Chicago Bears, Jordan Fuller found time to meet up with Justin Fields. The Ohio State brotherhood is real and is often on display during pregame and after the final whistle has blown.
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||WEEK 1 STATS|
|ELI APPLE||CB||BENGALS||6 tackles|
|DAMON ARNETTE||CB||RAIDERS||Monday Night Football|
|JEROME BAKER||LB||DOLPHINS||12 tackles|
|VONN BELL||S||BENGALS||7 tackles|
|TUF BORLAND||LB||VIKINGS||Practice squad|
|JOEY BOSA||DE||CHARGERS||4 tackles|
|NICK BOSA||DE||49ERS||4 tackes, 1 sack (8 yards), 3 TFL, 2 QBH|
|BARON BROWNING||LB||BRONCOS||Played at LB|
|PARRIS CAMPBELL||WR||COLTS||1 catch, 24 yards|
|JONATHON COOPER||LB||BRONCOS||Played at LB|
|WYATT DAVIS||OG||VIKINGS||Played at OG|
|TAYLOR DECKER||OT||LIONS||IR (finger)|
|J.K. DOBBINS||RB||RAVENS||Injured reserve (knee)|
|NATE EBNER||DB||GIANTS||Played on ST|
|PAT ELFLEIN||OG||PANTHERS||Started at LG|
|EZEKIEL ELLIOTT||RB||COWBOYS||11 rushes, 33 yards; 2 catches, 6 yards|
|LUKE FARRELL||TE||JAGUARS||Played at TE|
|JUSTIN FIELDS||QB||BEARS||2/2 passing, 10 yards; 1 rush, 3 yards, 1 TD|
|JORDAN FULLER||S||RAMS||11 tackles|
|DaVON HAMILTON||DT||JAGUARS||4 tackles|
|JOHNATHAN HANKINS||DT||RAIDERS||Monday Night Football|
|MALIK HARRISON||LB||RAVENS||Monday Night Football|
|JAKE HAUSMANN||TE||GIANTS||Practice squad|
|CAMERON HEYWARD||DT||STEELERS||4 tackles, 1 sack (6 yards), 1 FF, 1 FR|
|K.J. HILL||WR||CHARGERS||3 catches, 30 yards, long 19|
|JALYN HOLMES||DE||SAINTS||Practice squad|
|SAM HUBBARD||DE||BENGALS||3 tackles|
|CARLOS HYDE||RB||JAGUARS||9 carries, 44 yards; 2 catches, 14 yards|
|JONAH JACKSON||OG||LIONS||Start at LG|
|MALCOLM JENKINS||S||SAINTS||3 tackles|
|CAMERON JOHNSTON||P||TEXANS||6 punts, 44.3 avg, 3 inside 20|
|DRE'MONT JONES||OT||BRONCOS||2 tackles, 1 TFL|
|JAMARCO JONES||OT||SEAHAWKS||Played at OT|
|MICHAEL JORDAN||OG||PANTHERS||Not active|
|MARSHON LATTIMORE||CB||SAINTS||3 tackles, 1 PBU|
|TYQUAN LEWIS||DT||COLTS||1 tackle, 1 QBH|
|COREY LINSLEY||C||CHARGERS||Started at C|
|TERRY McLAURIN||WR||WFT||4 catches, 62 yards|
|RAEKWON McMILLAN||LB||PATRIOTS||IR (knee)|
|JAKE McQUAIDE||LS||COWBOYS||Plated at LS|
|JOSH MYERS||C||PACKERS||Started at C|
|ANDREW NORWELL||OL||JAGUARS||Start at LG|
|JEFF OKUDAH||CB||LIONS||4 tackles, 1 PBU|
|BILLY PRICE||C||GIANTS||Played at OL|
|MALCOLM PRIDGEON||OG||STEELERS||Practice squad|
|ISAIAH PRINCE||OT||BENGALS||Played at OT|
|CURTIS SAMUEL||WR||WFT||IR (groin)|
|C.J. SAUNDERS||WR||PANTHERS||Practice squad|
|TREY SERMON||RB||49ERS||Inactive (coach's decision)|
|KENDALL SHEFFIELD||CB||FALCONS||IR (foot)|
|DEVIN SMITH||WR||JAGUARS||1 target|
|MICHAEL THOMAS||WR||SAINTS||PUP (ankle)|
|NICK VANNETT||TE||SAINTS||Injured reserve (knee)|
|BINJIMEN VICTOR||WR||RAVENS||Practice squad|
|DENZEL WARD||CB||BROWNS||6 tackles, 1 PBU|
|PETE WERNER||LB||SAINTS||Played at LB|
|CHASE YOUNG||DE||WFT||3 tackles, 1 TFL|