Some former Buckeyes in the NFL helped themselves this weekend. Headlining the group is national champion quarterback Cardale Jones. The fourth year pro is vying for the back-up QB job (behind Phillip Rivers) for the Los Angeles Chargers. Former Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor is also with the Chargers and started their game Sunday against the Saints and gave way in the second quarter to Jones, who made an immediate impact. Trailing 3-0, Jones led the Chargers on a 10-play 98-yard touchdown drive capped off by a beautiful 24-yard touchdown strike to wide out Andre Patton. Jones was pressured on the play but calmly stepped up and delivered a strike.
Jones also led the Chargers on a field goal drive and finished his day completing 11-14 for 111 yards and a touchdown.
He wasn't the only Buckeye in that game to have an impressive showing. Earlier in the game, with Taylor at QB for the Chargers, Saints safety Vonn Bell made a text book play to knock a deep pass away from receiver Travis Benjamin.
The NFL pre-season weekend also included an encouraging performance by former Ohio State wide out Devin Smith. The 2015 second round draft choice never panned out with the New York Jets due to injuries to both knees. Smith is trying to make a comeback and is in training camp with the Dallas Cowboys. In Dallas' 14-10 win over the LA Rams Saturday night, Smith reeled in a reeled in an 8-yard TD grab in the third quarter to give the Cowboys the lead for good. Smith, on the day, had 3 catches for 24 yards.
One more NFL preseason note regarding former Buckeyes... Going back to Thursday, Washington rookie QB Dwayne Haskins, tossed his first touchdown pass, a 55-yard bomb, to Robert Davis in the Redskins 23-13 loss to Cincinnati. Haskins finished 7-14 for 114 yards and the TD to Davis.
The Thursday game featured five former Buckeyes, who were all teammates at Ohio State just three short years ago. The Bengals feature offensive linemen Billy Price and Michael Jordan and defensive end Sam Hubbard, while Washington has both Haskins and receiver Terry McLaurin. Following the game, Haskins and his center last year, Jordan, got together at midfield. Jordan's dad posted the reunion on Twitter.