Week 1 OSU NFL Preseason Update

One preseason game remains before Week 1 is officially over, but BuckeyeSports.com brings you a recap of action involving Ohio State alumni trying to earn playing time and roster spots throughout the NFL.

We go backwards in chronological order, beginning with the games of Sunday afternoon and evening:

Ted Ginn Jr. started at wide receiver for San Francisco as the 49ers routed the Colts 37-17 in Indianapolis. Ginn did not log a catch but returned one punt 11 yards and one kickoff 17 yards. Nate Clements started at cornerback and notched a pair of tackles while also forcing a fumble. Alex Boone played as a reserve on the offensive line and was called for holding on a third-quarter running play. Matt Wilhelm had three solo tackles as a reserve 49er linebacker.

Anthony Gonzalez did not start but played on the opening series for the Colts and caught one pass for 18 yards. He fumbled at the end of the play after a hit by Clements. The ball went out of bounds.

Mike Nugent kicked a pair of PATs in the Bengals 33-24 defeat of Denver. He also handled three kickoffs, but Dave Rayner handled all five field goal attempts. He was 4 for 5, missing a 44-yarder. Nugent averaged 66.3 yards on his kickoffs while Rayner was at 69.4 on his five.

Kirk Barton played as a reserve on the offensive line for the Broncos.

Saturday games:

Brian Hartline started at receiver and caught one pass for four yards in the Dolphins 10-7 win over the Buccaneers. Austin Spitler played extensively as a reserve inside linebacker and logged four tackles, all solos.

Will Allen had three tackles as a reserve safety in the Steelers' 23-7 win over Detroit. Thaddeus Gibson had two tackles as a reserve outside linebacker and added another on special teams. Doug Worthington played as a reserve defensive lineman. He had two tackles, including one when he was credited with the stop on a failed fourth-and-1 attempt.

Rob Sims started at left guard for the Lions. Aaron Pettrey missed a 42-yard field goal in his only attempt and converted a point-after-try. He also had one kickoff that traveled 64 yards.

Brian Robiskie started at wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, who beat the Packers 27-24. Robiskie caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and finished with three catches for 32 yards on the night.

A.J. Hawk started at linebacker and made a pair of tackles for Green Bay and Ryan Pickett had four stops as a first-team defensive end.

Beanie Wells came off the bench to run for 36 yards on 11 carries in the Arizona Cardinals' 19-16 defeat of Houston. He also caught two passes for eight yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Antoine Winfield had a pair of tackles as a starting cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings, who mauled St. Louis 28-7. Ray Small caught three passes for 31 yards but did not log any punt or kick returns, which is surprising because that's a role he is hoping to land.

Na'il Diggs (one pass defended), James Laurinaitis (two tackles) and Larry Grant started at linebacker for the Rams. Grant was the standout with five tackles, including one for loss, and two passes defended. Bobby Carpenter logged one tackle as a reserve on defense and added another on special teams.

Robert Rose had a quarterback hit off the bench for the Seattle Seahawks, who beat the Titans 20-18. Quinn Pitcock had a tackle and a QB hit of his own for the losers. Donnie Nickey had one tackle as a reserve safety for Tennessee.

Friday night recap:

Donte Whitner started and logged two tackle for Buffalo in a 42-17 loss to Washington. Ashton Youboty played in reserve and notched one special teams tackle.

Anderson Russell played as a reserve safety for the Redskins and had two tackles. He also drew the ire of Redskins color analyst Joe Theisman for taking a bad angle en route to missing a tackle on a 43-yard Buffalo run.

As a reserve, Kurt Coleman had five total tackles (four solos) on defense and broke up a pass. He also logged one special teams tackle as Philadelphia edged Jacksonville 28-27.

Mike Vrabel started at linebacker for Kansas City and had two tackles in the Chiefs' 20-10 loss to Atlanta. Donald Washington played as a reserve and broke up a pass. Michael Jenkins missed the game with a leg injury for the Falcons.

Thursday night recap:

Malcolm Jenkins and Will Smith both started for the New Orleans Saints, who lost 27-24 to the New England Patriots. Smith posted his only tackle on the Pats' first offensive play. Jenkins, who started in place of injured veteran Darren Sharper, did not record a stat.

Troy Smith played third-string quarterback for Baltimore against Carolina and completed 2 of 6 passes for 18 yards. He also ran four times for 12 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown on a quarterback draw. Smith's efforts were hindered by a steady rain and horrendous pass protection. He was sacked three times.

Chris Gamble missed the game for the Panthers because of a knee injury.

The Ravens won 17-12.

Jay Richardson missed the Raiders 17-9 victory over Dallas because of a knee injury.

For your added reading pleasure, we bring you just a handful of the stories our Scout.com NFL publishers have been kicking out on a weekly basis:

The Chiefs site is high on what they've seen from Vrabel so far this year and the site's publisher saw good things out of Washington and Vrabel in KC's preseason opener.

Vernon Gholston "looks at ease on the line, not having to worry about pass coverage or reads, simply running forward off that edge and making plays" at defensive end for the Jets, who face the Giants in their new stadium tonight.

The Orange and Brown Report described Robiskie as "active in the pre-season opener as a receiver and blocker. The second year WR twice gave his QB an opportunity to keep the Browns moving by following the QB, making himself a viable target. A drop earlier in the game was the only negative for Robiskie.'

Rose and Pitcock are considered long shots to make Seattle roster, according to Northwest Football.net.

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