Ohio State used an offensive explosion to get past Indiana on Saturday. However, the fireworks did not end then, as Sunday was chalk full of former Buckeyes in the NFL highlights. Here are the top performances from Week 5.
- Denzel Ward: The front runner for defensive rookie of the year had another dominant performance as he had five tackles, an interception, and blocked a field goal attempt in the win over the Ravens. He has made big plays every single week, and silenced many who called his selection at number four overall a bad pick.
- Curtis Samuel: Samuel had his best player as a Panther, as he caught two passes for 37 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Giants. The touchdown is Samuel’s first in the NFL, and it was a tremendous play for him. He has struggled to stay healthy so far during his professional career, but the sky is the limit for him, providing he can stay on the field.
- Sam Hubbard: Another rookie in Hubbard got in on the action for the Bengals, as he forced three tackles and recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown in the win over the Dolphins. It is Hubbard’s first career touchdown and he is putting together a stellar rookie campaign on the defensive line.
- Jerome Baker: Baker had a huge game for the Dolphins, as he recorded seven tackles and two sacks in the loss to the Bengals. These are his first ever sacks in the NFL, and he is quickly becoming one of better players on this defense.
- Eli Apple: Returning from injury, Apple had a strong game as he had five tackles and a forced fumble in the loss to the Panthers. The Giants defense has a lot of playmakers, and getting Apple back health wise is huge for the defense.
- Terrelle Pryor: It was not a huge receiving yard game for Pryor, but he did his job as he caught one pass for 20 yards and a touchdown for the Jets in the win over the Broncos. He is not getting as many looks as you would hope for, but Pryor has shown to be a big play receiver for New York.
- Cameron Heyward: Heyward had a big game for the Steelers defense, as he had three tackles and 1.5 sacks in the win over the Falcons. The Steelers defense fared much better on Sunday, and guys like Heyward getting to the quarterback is how they will have continued success.
- Malik Hooker: Hooker had a huge for the Colts in the loss to the Patriots as he recorded 12 tackles. He was all over the field for Indy, and is one of the key playmakers in this revamped Colts defense. As good as he was, the Colts need players like Hooker to begin to create turnovers as well.
- Raekwon McMillan: McMillan had another strong game for the Dolphins as well as he recorded six tackles in the loss. The Dolphins defense has very much struggled the last few weeks, giving guys like Baker and McMillan plenty of chances at tackles.
- Malcolm Jenkins: Jenkins had another good game for the Eagles, as he recorded six tackles in the loss to the Vikings. The defense has not been close to as dominant as last season, and guys like Jenkins are going to have to change that.
- Michael Thomas: Thomas had a solid game for the Saints as he caught four passes for 74 yards in the blowout win over the Redskins. He was not as needed as in other games, due to the large margin of victory.
- Vonn Bell: Bell had a big game for the Saints as well, as he recorded eight tackles in the win. The Saints defense is starting to assert themselves more, and Bell is a large part of that success.
- Cameron Johnston: Johnston had another big punting day for the Eagles, as he averaged 46.8 yards per punt on four kicks in the loss to the Vikings. The Eagles have struggled this year, but Johnston had really been able to flip the field on opponents.
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