Ex-Wolverines in the NFL: Week 9

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Catch up with all your favorite ex-Wolverines in the NFL through Week 9 of the regular season. This week rested multiple guys during their bye weeks, watched Denard Robinson receive a promotion, witnessed the return of Tom Brady, and continued to wait for Mario Manningham's upcoming return.

Jay Feely (K, Undrafted in 1999, Arizona Cardinals):

Arizona had their bye this week.

Kenny Demens (ILB, Undrafted in 2013, Arizona Cardinals):

Demens is on the practice squad in Arizona.

Alan Branch (DT, 33rd in 2007 to Cardinals, Buffalo Bills):

Branch's snap count total continues to hover near 50%, and in a loss on Sunday against the Chiefs, he registered one solo tackle with one assist. On the season so far, Branch has filled in decently on Buffalo's defensive line.

Craig Roh (DE, Undrafted in 2013, Carolina Panthers):

Roh is on the practice squad in Carolina.

Tim Jamison (DE, Undrafted in 2009, Houston Texans):

Jamison was inactive this week.

Chad Henne (QB, 57th in 2008 to Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars):

Jacksonville had their bye this week.

Denard Robinson (WR, 135th in 2013 to Jaguars, Jacksonville Jaguars):

Jacksonville had their bye this week, and they promoted Denard to the No. 2 running back on the depth chart. It looks like Robinson will finally get a chance to perform following the bye.

Junior Hemingway (WR, 238th in 2012 to Chiefs, Kansas City Chiefs):

The Chiefs continue to win, and Hemingway continues to see minimal action on offense. In Kansas City's ninth straight win to start the season, Junior recorded no stats as a wide receiver and downed one punt on special teams.

Jordan Kovacs (S, Undrafted in 2013, Miami Dolphins):

In an exciting overtime victory on Halloween against the Bengals, Kovacs continued to play on special teams and recorded nothing on the stat sheet for the second consecutive week.

Tom Brady (QB, 199th in 2000 to Patriots, New England Patriots):

Brady dispelled a lot of the worries surrounding his season on Sunday as he picked apart the Steelers' defense for 432 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions on 23 for 33 passing. Pats Pulpit described his performance as "easily his best game of the season, and perhaps one of the best of his career." Further, "Brady displayed absolute precision at all levels of the field.  His timing was excellent, and he seemed to be on the same page as his receivers.  Moreover, his deep ball was on point, which is a very positive sign considering his struggles in that area this year." Although he's not out of the woods yet, if Brady repeats his well-balanced passing attack next week, he'll help further erase the bad memories of his early season struggles. Lastly, Brady threw a touchdown pass to the 50th different receiver in his career on Sunday, so take a look back at all 50 of them here because that's pretty impressive.

David Baas (C, 33rd in 2005 to 49ers, New York Giants):

New York had their bye this week.

Ryan Mundy (S, 194th in 2008 to Steelers, New York Giants):

New York had their bye this week.

David Harris (ILB, 47th in 2007 to Jets, New York Jets):

The Jets upset the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, and Harris played a strong role in the victory. On 100% of the defensive snaps, he recorded four solo tackles with six assists. For his performance, Gang Green Nation awardedhim an Honorable Star and commented that he "had more speed and fluidity about his play."

William Campbell (RG, 178th in 2013 to Jets, New York Jets):

Campbell was inactive for the ninth straight week.

Jason Avant (WR, 109th in 2006 to Eagles, Philadelphia Eagles):

Even though Philly's quarterback, Nick Foles, went off for over 400 yards and seven touchdowns passes on Sunday, Avant recorded nothing on 49% of the offensive snaps. He was targeted once and dropped the pass, forcing the Eagles to punt for the first time in the game. Jason hasn't been that great this year -- especially in terms of output -- and Bleeding Green Nation takes a longer look at Avant's disappointing season here. At this point, it seems that his intangibles outweigh his production value, and that can only go so far in the NFL before a team moves on without you.

Brandon Graham (LB, 13th in 2010 to Eagles, Philadelphia Eagles):

Graham played a bit more on defense this week for the Eagles - 29% of snaps, up from 24% a week ago - but continues to play more on special teams. On defense, Brandon recorded one tackle assist, and on special teams, he returned a squib kick before half time 14 yards.

Charles Woodson (FS, 4th in 1998 to Raiders, Oakland Raiders):

Woodson and the Raiders defense surrendered a NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes to Eagles quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday. After recording five solo tackles with three assists on the day, Charles had this to say after the game, hinting at over-confidence possibly factoring into Oakland's poor defensive showing:

"Well, I think you can read your press clippings, and that can factor into it," said Woodson. "The last couple of weeks there have been a lot of great things said about us, and not just the defense but overall. What we did today was open ourselves up for those attacks going forward. We'll have to hear about it all week long. They'll keep replaying this game all week long, so we're going to take a beating, and we've got to stand up to it and accept it for what it us but understanding that the season does go on and we have to go to work this week and prepare ourselves to make a long road trip out East and try to bounce back."

LaMarr Woodley (OLB, 46th in 2007 to Steelers, Pittsburgh Steelers):

The Steelers season hasn't been pretty, and Sunday's beatdown at the hands of the Patriots didn't help. As for Woodley, he's "been decent this season. Not dominant, not terrible." He tallied two solo tackles with six assists and a recovered fumble against the Pats, which on paper, looks good enough. "Decent." However, the Steelers' issues might run deeper than just statistical output, and a veteran like Woodley needs to help rally and motivate his team as they limp to the end of the year.

Jonathan Goodwin (C, 154th in 2002 to Jets, San Francisco 49ers):

San Francisco had their bye this week.

Mario Manningham (WR, 95th in 2008 to Giants, San Francisco 49ers):

The 49ers activated Manningham this week, and it looks like he'll be ready to play in Week 10. Even though he'll be a bit rusty, Mario's return should be a boost to San Francisco's passing attack.

Jake Long (LT, 1st in 2008 to Dolphins, St. Louis Rams):

Long and the Rams aren't doing well these days: after starting the season 3-3, St. Louis has dropped three straight including a loss this week. They wrote a midseason report card for the Rams' offensive line over at Turf Show Times and briefly summarized Long's year. Overall, he's been an improvement -- more so for run blocking than pass blocking -- but, as they point out, while "[there's] no question that the former first overall pick has helped the Rams offensive line, [it's] not at the level you'd expect based on his contract."

Patrick Omameh (G, Undrafted in 2013, Tampa Bay Buccaneers):

Omameh was inactive for the third straight week.

Mike Martin (DT, 82nd in 2012 to Titans, Tennessee Titans):

Following a bye last week, Martin and the Titans returned to the gridiron on Sunday, beating the Rams by a score of 28-21. Mike played his part and recorded three solo tackles on the day: his largest tackle output so far this season.

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