Player of the Week
The top former Buckeye in the NFL in week two happened to be the first one to play.
Former Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby left his mark on the Denver Broncos 31-24 win over Kansas City Thursday night with a game-winning scoop-and-score of a Jamaal Charles fumble with less than a minute to play.
After the game, Roby said he had been telling himself he would step up when it mattered most.
“I kept telling myself, ‘You’re going to make the play to win the game,’” Roby told the team’s website. “‘If they try you, they’re going to pay.’ And that’s what I kept repeating to myself the whole game.”
Roby’s day was admittedly quiet before the touchdown as he didn’t register a single tackle or pass defensed.
The Fort Worth, Texas, native is in his second season with Denver after the Broncos made him a first-round pick in 2014. He had 65 total tackles and two interceptions last season.
Ex-Buckeye linebacker Ryan Shazier had an even better overall performance than Roby this week, as he totaled 15 tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in a 43-18 win over Carlos Hyde and the San Francisco 49ers.
The performance earned Shazier some Twitter praise from his college coach, and leaves him fifth in the NFL with 22 total tackles this season.
Former Ohio State wide receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and and Corey Brown former Buckeye tight end Jake Stoneburner each made big plays as well.
Ginn totaled four catches for 41 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown, for Carolina, while his teammate Brown snagged three passes for 57 yards and a 36-yard score. The Panthers won their matchup with the Houston Texans, 24-17.
Stoneburner got his first game action of the season after being moved to the active roster last week, and made it count with his first career touchdown catch. He had two catches for 18 yards, including his five-yard score in the third quarter, but his Miami Dolphins fell to the Jaguars, 23-20.
Buckeyes in the NFL
Through two weeks 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.