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Buckeyes in the NFL
By Scott Dame

Jake Ballard wasn’t even supposed to start for the New York Giants.

The undrafted second-year tight end was cut last summer, and he wasn’t even sure he would make the Giants roster in September.

But Ballard, who attended Springboro High School, earned the starting job for the Giants in camp and ranks third on the team in receiving yards with 192 and is second with two receiving touchdowns. Ballard caught three passes for 72 yards and one touchdown on Sunday in the Giants’ 36-25 loss to the Seahawks.

Steelers rookie defensive end Cameron Heyward recorded his first career sack and forced fumble on Sunday as Pittsburgh beat Tennessee 38-17. Heyward, who attended Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Ga., was selected 31st overall in the first round of the 2011 draft.

These are the your top two Buckeyes in the NFL for Week 5.

Below is a complete list of all former Buckeyes who play in the NFL and their Week 4 stats

Player, Position, Team
Week 5 NFL Stats
Season-to-date stats
Will Allen, DB, Steelers none Played in 5 games starting 0.
Jake Ballard, TE, Giants 3 catches for 72 yards & 1 TD Played in 5 games starting 4. 10 catches for 192 yards & 2 TDs.
Alex Boone, T, 49ers none Played in 5 games starting 0.
Justin Boren, G, Ravens none Signed to Ravens practice squad in September.
Bryant Browning, G, Panthers none Signed to Panthers practice squad in September.
Bobby Carpenter, OLB, Lions 4 tackles Played in 5 games starting 2. 11 tackles, 1 pass defensed& 1 INT returned for TD (34).
Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Raiders none Played in 4 games starting 1. 8 tackles & 2 passes defensed.Injured - Hamstring.
Maurice Clarett, RB, Free Agent none Signed by Omaha Nighthawks of UFL.
Adrian Clarke, OG, Free Agent none Signed by Florida Tuskers of UFL.
Nate Clements, CB, Bengals 4 tackles Played in 5 games starting 5. 18 tackles & 4 passes defensed.
Kurt Coleman, FS, Eagles 2 tackles Played in 5 games starting 3. 9 tackles.
Jim Cordle, C, Giants none Played in 1 game starting 0. Activated from practice squad last week.
Na’il Diggs, LB, Chargers none Played in 4 games starting 0. 5 tackles.
Chris Gamble, CB, Panthers 3 tackles & 1 pass defensed Played in 4 games starting 4. 8 tackles & 4 passes defensed.
Vernon Gholston, DE, Free Agent none Cut by Bears in September.
Thaddeus Gibson, LB, Free Agent none Cut by Redskins in September.
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, 49ers 1 rush for 24 yards3 punt returns for 51 yards Played in 5 games starting 0. 2 rushes for 24 yards. 4 catches for 38 yards. 9 kickoff returns for 309 yards & 1 TD (102).17 punt returns for 201 yards & 1 TD (55).
Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Colts none Played in 2 games starting 0.
Larry Grant, OLB, 49ers 1 tackle Played in 5 games starting 0. 3 tackles.
Roy Hall, WR, Free Agent none Released by Colts last season. Signed by Omaha Nighthawks of UFL.
Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins idle Played in 4 games starting 3. 13 catches for 201 yards & 1 TD.
Ben Hartsock, TE, Panthers none Played in 4 games starting 1.
A.J. Hawk, ILB, Packers 4 tackles Played in 5 games starting 5. 19 tackles, .5 sack & 1 pass defensed.
Cameron Heyward, DE, Steelers 2 tackles, 1 sack & 1 forced fumble Played in 5 games starting 0. 5 tackles, 1 sack & 1 forced fumble.
Jermale Hines, DB, Carolina Panthers none Played in 1 game starting 0.Claimed by Colts off waivers from Rams.Claimed by Panthers off waivers from Colts.
Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets 4 catches for 60 yards & 1 TD Played in 5 games starting 5. 17 catches for 224 yards & 2 TDs. 
Ross Homan, LB, Free Agent none Cut by Vikings in September.
Louis Irizarry, TE, Free Agent none Signed by Virginia Destroyers of UFL.
Malcolm Jenkins, FS, Saints 6 tackles  Played in 5 games starting 5. 24 tackles & 2 passes defensed.
Michael Jenkins, WR, Vikings 4 catches for 32 yards & 1 fumble  
Dexter Larimore, DT, Free Agent none Cut by Saints in September.
James Laurinaitis, MLB, Rams idle Played in 4 games starting 4. 31 tackles, 2 passes defensed & 1 INT.
Nick Mangold, C, Jets none Played in 3 games starting 3.
Jake McQuaide, LS, Rams idle Played in 4 games starting 0.
Donnie Nickey, FS, Free Agent none Not re-signed by Titans.
Mike Nugent, K, Bengals made 1 of 1 FGs & 3 of 4 XPs Played in 4 games starting 0. Made 11 of 11 FGs & 9 of 10 XPs.
Shane Olivea, OL, Free Agent none Signed by Virginia Destroyers of UFL.
Aaron Pettrey, K, Free Agent none Released by Bengals last season.
Quinn Pitcock, DT, Free Agent none Cut by Lions in September.
Ryan Pickett, DE, Packers 1 tackle Played in 5 games starting 5. 10 tackles.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Raiders none Played in 0 games starting 0 (suspended).
Jay Richardson, DE, Free Agent none Not re-signed by Seahawks.
Brian Robiskie, WR, Browns idle Played in 4 games starting 2. 3 catches for 25 yards.
Brian Rolle, LB, Eagles 9 tackles  Played in 5 games starting 2. 17 tackles & 2 passes defensed.
Robert Rose, DE, Free Agent none Cut by Dolphins in September.
Anderson Russell, DB, Dolphins none Signed to Dolphins practice squad in September.
Brandon Saine, RB, Packers none Signed to Packers practice squad in September.
Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Bears 6 catches for 64 yards Played in 5 games starting 1. 16 catches for 146 yards & 2 TDs. 1 rush for -4 yards.
Darrion Scott, DE, Redskins idle Played in 0 games starting 0.
Rob Sims, G, Lions none Played in 5 games starting 5.
Ray Small, WR, Free Agent none Released by Colts last season
Troy Smith, QB, Free Agent none Not re-signed by 49ers. Signed by Omaha Nighthawks of UFL.
Will Smith, DE, Saints 2 tackles Played in 3 games starting 3. 10 tackles, 2 sacks.
Austin Spitler, LB, Dolphins idle Played in 4 games starting 0. 2 tackles.
Devon Torrence, DB, Free Agent none Cut by Vikings in September.
Mike Vrabel, LB, Chiefs none Retired in July.
Donald Washington, SS, Chiefs none Played in 4 games starting 1. 12 tackles & 1 forced fumble.
Taurian Washington, WR, Free Agent none Signed by Virginia Destroyers of UFL.
Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals 20 carries for 60 yards & 1 TD Played in 4 games starting 4. 79 rushes for 381 yards & 6 TDs. 4 catches for 12 yards. 
Donte Whitner, SS, 49ers 4 tackles Played in 4 games starting 4. 15 tackles, 5 passes defensed & 1 INT.
Matt Wilhelm, LB, Free Agent none Not re-signed by Packers.
Antoine Winfield, CB, Vikings none Played in 4 games starting 4. 35 tackles, 1 pass defensed, 1 INT & 1 forced fumble. Injured - Strained Neck.
Doug Worthington, DL, Redskins none Signed to Redskins practice squad in September.
Ashton Youboty, CB, Free Agent none Cut by Buccaneers in September.


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