Buckeyes In The NFL: Week 5

BuckeyeSports.com
Posted Oct 8, 2013


Keep tabs on the Buckeyes in the pro ranks in this update. Terrelle Pryor, A.J. Hawk, James Laurinaitis and Donte Whitner were among those who donned the Scarlet and Gray who had solid performances in Week 5.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore beat Miami, 26-23. Linebacker John Simon did not start but played in 84 percent of special teams snaps. He was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness during a Dolphins punt return.

Carolina Panthers

Carolina lost to Arizona, 22-6. Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. did not start but played in 47 percent of offensive snaps and 39 percent of specials teams snaps. He was targeted five times and caught four passes for 78 yards, including a game-best 32-yard reception. He returned one punt for six yards and made two more fair catches.

Tight end Ben Hartsock did not start and failed to record a catch. He played in 37 percent of offensive snaps and 52 percent of special teams snaps. He was flagged for a 10-yard holding penalty.

Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati beat New England, 13-6. Kicker Mike Nugent started and played in 27 percent of special teams snaps. He was 2-for-2 on field goals, converting tries from 39 and 50 yards, while also nailing a PAT. None of his four kickoffs resulted in a touchback.

Wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher did not start and played in four percent of offensive snaps. He did not record a catch.

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas lost to Denver, 51-48. Safety Will Allen did not start and played in 18 percent of defensive snaps and 55 percent of special teams snaps. He recorded one tackle and was flagged for a 10-yard holding penalty during a Cowboys kickoff return.

On Wednesday, Allen was cut by the Cowboys. They have not yet signed a replacement, and he has not been picked up by another squad. According to DallasCowboys.com, Allen's entire $905,000 contract is guaranteed because he was on the Week 1 roster.

Denver Broncos

Denver beat Dallas, 51-48. Offensive lineman Justin Boren is on injured reserve.

Detroit Lions

Detroit lost to Green Bay, 22-9. Offensive lineman Rob Sims started and played 100 percent of offensive snaps. The Lions rushed for 64 yards on 19 carries and allowed five sack for 40 yards.

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay beat Detroit, 22-9. Linebacker A.J. Hawk started and played in 93 percent of defensive snaps and four percent of special teams snaps. He led the Packers with nine tackles and also broke up a pass.

Defensive lineman Ryan Pickett started and played in 31 percent of defensive snaps. He did not record a tackle.

Houston Texans

Houston lost to San Francisco, 34-3. Wide receiver DeVier Posey did not start but played in 31 percent of offensive snaps and 12 percent of special teams snaps. He was targeted twice and caught one pass for five yards.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville lost to St. Louis, 34-20. Offensive lineman Michael Brewster did not start and played in 14 percent of special teams snaps.

Miami Dolphins

Miami lost to Baltimore, 26-23. Wide receiver Brian Hartline started and played in 98 percent of offensive snaps. He was targeted seven times and caught four passes for 60 yards.

New England Patriots

New England lost to Cincinnati, 13-6. Safety Nate Ebner did not start and played in 81 percent of special teams snaps. He made one tackle.

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans beat Chicago, 26-18. Safety Malcolm Jenkins started and played 100 percent of defensive snaps. He finished with three tackles, including one sack, and also forced a fumble from Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler.

Linebacker Jay Richardson played in seven percent of special teams snaps. He did not record a tackle.

Defensive lineman Will Smith is on injured reserve.

New York Giants

The New York Giants lost to Philadelphia, 36-21. Offensive lineman Jim Cordle started and played in 100 percent of offensive snaps and was flagged once for a false start. The Giants rushed for 53 yards on 17 carries and allowed one sack for 4 yards.

Defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins was active for the first time this season. He did not start but played in 40 percent of defensive snaps and three percent of special teams snaps. He finished with five tackles, including one tackle for loss, and also recorded a quarterback hurry.

New York Jets

The New York Jets beat Atlanta, 30-28. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes was inactive after injuring his right hamstring with 10:20 left in the fourth quarter last week. Earlier in the week, he lamented his reduced role in the loss to Tennessee.

"I can't throw it to myself and catch it," Holmes told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday. "Otherwise, I would."

Offensive lineman Nick Mangold started and played in 100 percent of offensive snaps. The Jets rushed for 118 yards on 22 carries and allowed four sacks for 29 yards.

Oakland Raiders

Oakland beat San Diego, 27-17. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor started and played in 100 percent of offensive snaps. He completed 18 of 23 passes for 221 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed 22 times for 31 yards and was sacked four times for 26 yards. He compiled a passer rating of 135.7 – the highest from an Oakland signal caller since Rich Gannon notched a rating 138.9 in Week 3 of 2002, his MVP season.

In his first start since sustaining a concussion, Pryor completed his first 10 passes and helped the Raiders jump out to a 17-0 lead.

"That definitely builds confidence, but you have to keep striking," Pryor told the Associated Press. "I'm excited we started fast and got the win."

On Monday, the Raiders cut quarterback Matt Flynn, who started in place of Pryor on Sept. 29 but performed poorly.

Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa did not start but played in 63 percent of special teams snaps. He recovered a fumble from Eddie Royal during a Chargers punt return. He did not record a tackle.

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia beat the New York Giants, 36-21. Safety Kurt Coleman did not start but played in 70 percent of special teams snaps. He made one tackle.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh did not play. Offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive lineman Cameron Heyward return to action next week at the New York Jets.

St. Louis Rams

St. Louis beat Jacksonville, 34-20. Linebacker James Laurinaitis started and played in 100 percent of defensive snaps and 17 percent of special teams snaps. He finished with eight tackles, including one tackle for a loss, and also snagged an interception.

Long snapper Jake McQuaide played in 37 percent of special teams snaps.

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco beat Houston, 34-3. Offensive lineman Alex Boone started and played in 100 percent of offensive snaps and 25 percent of special teams snaps. The 49ers rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries and allowed one sack for 6 yards.

Safety Donte Whitner started and played 99 percent of defensive snaps. He forced and recovered a fumble from Texans running back Ben Tate and finished with three tackles.

Whitner will soon be known as Donte Hitner, but the government shutdown has prevented him from filing the necessary paperwork to legally change his name according to Adam Schefter.

Whitner took to Twitter to express his frustration, tweeting out, “Damn gov’t shutdown lol GM.”

Whitner announced his plans on Oct. 2 in a story from 49ers.com. "I sent it to my lawyer and he filed it for me in Ohio," Whitner said.

He said he asked his mother for permission before filing the paperwork. However, he also hinted at the fact that it was a form of protest against the $21,000 fine recently levied against him for a late hit.

"If you ask the fans around San Francisco, the Bay Area, or anyone that's a fan of me, they call me Donte Hitner anyway," he said. "Everything we do is for the fans right? It's all entertainment. We all understand that. It's entertainment, but that's what I do, it's my game. Along with some things that happened recently, that's why I went with it."

Washington Redskins

Washington did not play. Defensive lineman Doug Worthington is on injured reserve.


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