In a slow week for former Buckeye playmakers, San Francisco running back Carlos Hyde stood out.
After Frank Gore departed for Indianapolis, Hyde was easily the most productive runner in a game that also featured Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson. Hyde finished his NFL start — a 20-3 San Francisco win — with 26 carries for a whopping 168 yards and a two touchdowns.
“You just always have to be ready,” Hyde told the team’s website after the game. “Tonight I think I was ready.”
The 49ers’ quarterback, former Nevada star Colin Kaepernick, said the running back’s play slotted perfectly into the game plan.
“He ran aggressive,” Kaepernick told the team’s website. “That’s what we need out of him. He came out and performed well.”
On his first score, Hyde did his best Braxton Miller vs. Virginia Tech impression with a sharp spin move for one of the highlights of the NFL’s opening week.
The Cincinnati native carried the ball 83 times for 333 yards and four scores as a rookie last year after piling up 31 touchdowns in his final two seasons at Ohio State.
In a standout week for ex-Ohio State defenders, safety Will Allen led the way with eight total tackles (all solo) and a sack for the Pittsburgh Steelers. His teammate, linebacker Ryan Shazier, made an impression as well with seven tackles (five solo) and two tackles for loss.
For the Philadelphia Eagles, safety Malcolm Jenkins, who won the Thorpe Award at Ohio State, tallied seven tackles (six solo), one tackle for loss and three passes defended.
Stoneburner Earns Promotion
Just a day after the Miami Dolphins opened their season with a 17-10 win over the Washington Redskins, former Buckeye tight end Jake Stoneburner received some big news.
Miami released running back LaMike James, opening a spot on the active roster, which the Dolphins filled with Stoneburner, who had been relegated to the practice squad ahead of the regular season.
Stoneburner, who caught 13 touchdowns at Ohio State, hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2013, when he was a rookie with the Green Bay Packers.
Buckeyes in the NFL
Through one week of games, there are 26 Buckeyes on active NFL rosters, while a number of others are working their way toward a roster spot from practice squads or recovering from injury.
Reserve/Injured: Travis Howard, CB.
Active Roster: Philly Brown, WR; Kurt Coleman, S; Ted Ginn Jr., WR; Andrew Norwell, G.
Active Roster: A.J. Hawk, LB; Mike Nugent, K.
Active Roster: Brian Hartline, WR; Donte Whitner, DB.
Active Roster: Bradley Roby, CB.
Reserve/Injured: Jeff Heuerman, TE.
Green Bay Packers:
Active Roster: Corey Linsley, C.
Active Roster: John Simon, LB.
Active Roster: Jack Mewhort, T/G.
Active Roster: Michael Bennett, DT.
Active Roster: Jake Stoneburner, TE.
New England Patriots:
Active Roster: Nate Ebner, DB.
New Orleans Saints:
Reserve/Injured: Mike Brewster, C.
New York Giants:
Active Roster: Johnathan Hankins, DT.
New York Jets:
Active Roster: Devin Smith, WR; Nick Mangold, C.
Reserve/Injured: Chimdi Chekwa, CB.
Active Roster: Malcolm Jenkins, S.
Active Roster: Will Allen, S; Cameron Heyward, DE; Ryan Shazier, LB.
Practice Squad: Doran Grant, CB.
Reserve/Physically unable to perform: Mike Adams, OT.
San Francisco 49ers:
Active Roster: Alex Boone, G/T; Carlos Hyde, RB.
Practice Squad: Rod Smith, RB.
St. Louis Rams:
Active Roster: James Laurinaitis, MLB; Jake McQuaide, LS.
Practice squad: Christian Bryant, S; Doug Worthington, DT.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Practice Squad: Reid Fragel, T.