Michael Thomas became the NFL's highest paid receiver last month. The big paychecks have not slowed down his productivity one bit. Thomas, in the New Orleans Saints 33-27 win over Seattle Sunday, had five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. Those are modest numbers for Thomas, who for the next several weeks, will be catching passes from Saints No. 2 QB Teddy Bridgewater because of the injury to future Hall of Famer Drew Brees. Nonetheless, those five catches put Thomas in some elite company.
Thomas joined Odell Beckham Jr. and Anquan Boldin as the only players in league history to have at least 300 receptions and 4,000 receiving yards in their first 50 career games. On his history making day, Thomas found the end zone, as the Saints converted a 4th and goal from the 1-yard line in the third quarter.
The Thomas touchdown was the second Saints score of the game for a former Buckeye. In the second quarter, two Ohio State products teamed up to give New Orleans the lead for good. Eli Apple punched the ball out of hands of Seattle's Chris Carson, and Vonn Bell scooped it up and ran 33 yards for a score.
There were other Buckeyes who had big days in week 3. Running back Carlos Hyde found the end zone in Houston's 27-20 win over the LA Chargers. In that game, Joey Bosa of LA recorded a sack. In Carolina's 38-20 win over Arizona, Curtis Samuel had five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. Detroit upset Philadelphia 27-24, but Malcolm Jenkins did all he could to give the Eagles a chance, blocking a field goal in the fourth quarter to give Philly a chance. Among the other Buckeye products who made significant week 3 contributions. Zeke Elliott had 125 yards on 19 carries for Dallas in the Cowboys 31-6 win over Miami and Sam Hubbard had five tackles and a forced fumble for the Bengals in their 21-17 loss to Buffalo. You can check out some of the NFL Buckeye highlights below.