If first impressions mean anything, the future is bright for some Buckeye products who debuted in the NFL. Chase Young, the no. 2 pick in the draft, made his presence felt in Washington's come from behind 27-17 win over Philadelphia. Young recorded 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble, as Washington rallied from an early 17-0 deficit. Young, in fact, was selected by the NFL Network as having the best rookie performance of the day.
JK Dobbins had a nice debut as well. Dobbins, sharing time with Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards as Baltimore running backs, had only 7 carries for 22 yards, but two of them resulted in touchdowns, as the Ravens buried the Browns 38-6.
Also making a positive first impression was safety Jordan Fuller, who was not selected until the sixth round of the NFL draft, but he won a starting spot with the Rams and delivered in L.A's 20-17 win over Dallas on Sunday Night Football. Fuller was credited with 8 tackles and made arguably the single biggest defensive play of the game. With the Rams clinging to a 3-point lead, Dallas drove into the red zone in the fourth quarter, when Fuller made a huge play, to stop the Cowboys on fourth down.
A couple other noteworthy Buckeye notes. In that Washington victory over Philadelphia, OSU product Dwayne Haskins engineered the comeback, going 17-31 passing for 178 yards and a touchdown. He also had seven carries for 17 yards. Teammate and former Buckeye Terry McLaurin was Washington's leading receiver with five catches for 61 yards.
In addition to Dobbins performance for the Ravens, another Buckeye rookie played well for Baltimore. Linebacker Malik Harrison had five tackles and a pass break-up for the Ravens defense. Another former Buckeye linebacker had a monster game. Jerome Baker, in year four with Miami, had 17 tackles in the Dolphins 21-11 loss to New England. He also had a sack and a forced fumble that rolled out of bounds in the end zone preventing a Patriots touchdown.
Other top Buckeye performances in week one included Joey Bosa, who had five tackles and a sack in the Chargers 16-13 win over the Bengals. Younger brother Nick Bosa had three tackles and a forced fumble for San Francisco in their 24-20 loss to Arizona. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 96 yards and a score and also had a touchdown catch for the Cowboys in their loss to the Rams. Carlos Hyde found the end zone for Seattle in their 38-25 victory in Atlanta and Parris Cambell's six catches for 71 yards led Colts receivers but Indy lost 27-20 to Jacksonville. You can see some Buckeye highlights below.