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NFL Week 8: How Did All 36 Former Buckeyes Fare?

We have a Brian Robiskie sighting!

There were a couple of noteworthy moves involving former Buckeye football players this week. First off, on more of a sour note, Bobby Carpenter was released by the Patriots for the second time this season. According to Patriots.com, the 29-year-old linebacker was cut after making a fairly limited impact during four games with the team. Carpenter, a former first round pick, will likely find a roster spot again but has struggled to live up to his potential throughout a career that has seen him play for four different teams.

On a happier note, former Buckeye receiver Brian Robiskie was signed by the Lions. According to Fox News, the move was likely made to help make up for the absence of wide receiver Nate Burleson, who was lost for the remainder of the season. Robiskie, who used to play for the Browns, has somewhat limited NFL experience, and the Lions are not expecting him to make a huge impact right away.

And now for your weekly updates on every other NFL Buckeye...

Offensive Buckeye of the Week:

Ben Hartsock - 1 REC, 25 YDS

To be honest, Ben Hartsock did not have that great of a game. Michael Jenkins and Brian Hartline both put up better numbers; much better numbers. I am giving this honor to Hartsock for one reason: this 25 yard catch was the tight end's first reception since 2010. While at Ohio State, Hartsock was mainly a blocking tight end but also proved that he was a solid option in the passing game. Ben has been more of a sixth offensive lineman throughout his NFL career, as he has only posted one season with double digit catches (2007, 12 REC) and one career touchdown (which came on his only reception in 2009).

Defensive Buckeye of the Week:

Kurt Coleman - 8 tackles (8 solo), 1 FF

Coleman has been a force throughout the season for the Eagles, even though the team as a whole has been struggling. That continued in week 8 as he placed third on the team with 8 tackles, all solo. He is currently second on the team in total tackles this season, trailing DeMeco Ryans by four stops. Coleman was always one of the best turnover creators while at Ohio State and has continued that trend in the NFL. Even though the Eagles came up short, Coleman still did everything he could to put his team in a position to win the game.

Next - NFC >>

NFC:

Philadelphia Eagles:

Kurt Coleman (2006-2009), Safety
Week 8 Stats: 8 tackles (8 solo), 1 FF
Season Stats: 48 (40 solo), 1 FF, 2 interceptions, 4 PD

Coleman has made an insane number of solo tackles this year.

New York Giants:

Jim Cordle (2005-2009), Center
Week 8 Stats: 1 gamed played
Season Stats: 8 games played (0 started)

Washington Redskins:

Doug Worthington (2006-2009), Defensive Tackle
Week 8 Stats: none
Season Stats: 2 tackles (2 solo)

Worthington has only played in two games this season.

Green Bay Packers:

Brandon Saine (2007-2010), Running Back
Week 8 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Saine is out for the season.

Ryan Pickett (1998-2000), Defensive End
Week 8 Stats: 5 tackles (3 solo)
Season Stats: 27 tackles (12 solo)

Normally an end, lately Pickett has moved inside to nose tackle on a regular basis.

A.J. Hawk (2002-2005), Linebacker
Week 8 Stats: 6 tackles (3 solo)
Season Stats: 62 tackles (36 solo)

Two consecutive quiet weeks out of Hawk.

Detroit Lions:

Brian Robiskie (2005-2008), Wide Receiver
Week 8 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

It will be interesting to see if Robiskie will have much of an impact this season.

Rob Sims (2002-2005), Offensive Guard
Week 8 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 7 games played (7 started)

Sims has started every game in 2012 for the Lions.

Chicago Bears:

Dane Sanzenbacher (2007-2010), Wide Receiver
Week 8 Stats: none
Season Stats: 1 REC, 7 YDS

Sanzenbacher is still struggling to find playing time for the Bears.

Minnesota Vikings:

Michael Jenkins (2000-2003), Wide Receiver
Week 8 Stats: 4 REC, 78 YDS
Season Stats: 24 REC, 287 YDS, 1 TD

It was a bounce back week for Jenkins after being held to one catch in week seven against the Cardinals.

Antoine Winfield (1995-1998), Cornerback
Week 8 Stats: 5 tackles (2 solo), 1 PD
Season Stats: 60 tackles (40 solo), 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 7 PD

It wasn't quite as good a performance out of Winfield; he absolutely dominated in week seven.

Carolina Panthers:

Ben Hartsock (1999-2003), Tight End
Week 8 Stats: 1 REC, 25 YDS
Season Stats: 1 REC, 25 YDS

This was Hartsock's first catch since 2010! He has only even been targeted twice in 2012.

Chris Gamble (2001-2003), Cornerback

Week 8 Stats: none
Season Stats: 15 tackles (8 solo), 2 PD

Gamble is out for the season.

New Orleans Saints:

Will Smith (2000-2003), Defensive End
Week 8 Stats: 4 tackles (3 solo)
Season Stats: 28 tackles (14 solo), 2 sacks, 1 FR, 1 PD

Smith is still waiting on the final ruling to see if he is going to have to serve a four-game suspension stemming form the "bounty-gate" scandal.

Malcolm Jenkins (2005-2008), Safety
Week 8 Stats: 9 tackles (8 solo)
Season Stats: 55 tackles (41 solo), 2 PD

Arizona Cardinals:

Chris “Beanie” Wells (2006-2008), Running Back
Week 8 Stats: none
Season Stats: 29 ATT, 76 YDS, 1 REC, 24 YDS

Beanie has been on IR, but he is expected to return to practice as soon as next week.

San Francisco 49ers:

Ted Ginn Jr. (2004-2006), Wide Receiver
Week 8 Stats: 1 REC, 0 YDS, 1 kick return, 31 YDS, 5 punt returns, 59 YDS
Season Stats: 1 REC, 0 YDS, 1 ATT, 7 YDS, 17 punt returns, 210 YDS, 3 kick returns, 72 YDS, 1 fumble

Ginn doesn't make much of an impact on offense, but he is a killer in the return game.

Alex Boone (2005-2008), Offensive Guard
Week 8 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 8 games played (8 started)

Larry Grant (2006-2007), Linebacker
Week 8 Stats: none
Season Stats: 4 tackles (4 solo), 1 blocked punt

Donte Whitner (2003-2005), Safety
Week 8 Stats: 7 tackles (7 solo)
Season Stats: 37 tackles (27 solo), 1 FF, 1 PD

Whitner may have put out his best performance of the season in week 8.

St. Louis Rams:

James Laurinaitis (2005-2008), Linebacker
Week 8 Stats: 5 tackles, 5 solo
Season Stats: 74 tackles (62 solo), 0.5 sacks

Laurinaitis is third in the NFL in total tackles this season.

Jake McQuaide (2006-2010), Long Snapper
Week 8 Stats: 1 game played
Season Stats: 8 games played

Next - AFC >>

AFC:

New York Jets:

Santonio Holmes (2002-2005), Wide Receiver
Week 8 Stats: none
Season Stats: 20 REC, 272 YDS, 1 TD, 1 fumble

Holmes is out for the season with a foot injury.

Nick Mangold (2002-2005), Center
Week 8 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 8 games played (8 started)

Mangold is still playing at an All-Pro level.

New England Patriots:

Jake Ballard (2006-2009), Tight End
Week 8 Stats: none

Season Stats: none

Ballard is likely out for the season; he tore his ACL with the Giants in the 2011 Super Bowl.

Nate Ebner (2008-2011), Safety
Week 8 Stats: 4 tackles (4 solo)
Season Stats: 7 tackles (7 solo)

This was by far the best game of Ebner's young career.

Bobby Carpenter (2002-2005), Linebacker
Week 8 Stats: none
Season Stats: 2 tackles (0 solo)

You probably won't be seeing Carpenter on here again for a while since he was released earlier this week.

Miami Dolphins:

Brian Hartline (2005-2008), Wide Receiver
Week 8 Stats: 4 REC, 41 YDS
Season Stats: 33 REC, 555 YDS, 1 TD

Solid bounce-back performance out of Hartline after he didn't catch a single pass in his last game.

Austin Spitler (2006-2010), Linebacker
Week 8 Stats: 3 tackles (2 solo)
Season Stats: 5 tackles (3 solo)

Spitler posted his first career multi-tackle game this week.

Cincinnati Bengals:

Nate Clements (1998-2000), Cornerback
Week 8 Stats: bye week
Season Stats: 36 tackles (19 solo), 1 FF, 2 PD

Mike Nugent (2001-2004), Kicker
Week 8 Stats: bye week
Season Stats: 11/12 FG, 19/19 PAT

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Mike Adams (2008-2011), Offensive Tackle
Week 8 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 6 games played (2 started)

Week 8 marked the second straight (and second career) start for Adams.

Cameron Heyward (2007-2010), Defensive End
Week 8 Stats: 3 tackle (2 solo)
Season Stats: 9 tackles (6 solo), 1 sack

Will Allen (2000-2003), Safety
Week 8 Stats: 7 tackles (5 solo), 3 PD
Season Stats: 18 tackles (10 solo), 1 FF, 3 PD

Allen has been very good since joining the starting lineup a few weeks back.

Houston Texans:

DeVier Posey (2008-2011), Wide Receiver
Week 8 Stats: none
Season Stats: 1 ATT, -3 YDS, 1 special teams touchdown

Posey has been a non-factor for the Texans.

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Michael Brewster (2008-2011), Center
Week 8 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 7 games played (2 started)

Brewster posted his second career start in week 8.

Oakland Raiders:

Terrelle Pryor (2008-2010), Quarterback
Week 8 Stats: none
Season Stats: none