Ex-Wolverines in the NFL: Preseason Week One

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It's a bit late since the second week of preseason kicks off tomorrow, but catch up with all of the ex-Wolverines in the NFL after the first week of preseason. Most of them are battling for roster spots since every one can't be Tom Brady and Charles Woodson.

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

Feely started his fourth year in Arizona and 13th season in the NFL with a nothing-special preseason stat line. He was good from 21 yards and short from 53, finishing the game 1-2 for field goals. He added two extra-points against the Packers last Friday to give him five points on the game, helping the Cardinals win 17-0. He also booted a 69-yard kickoff four yards into the end-zone.

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

As a UDFA, Demens looks to earn a spot on the practice squad, and if he gets lucky, on the roster as a backup ILB and special teamer. Even though he played for only 15 snaps, Kenny made his presence known against the Packers, recording 2 tackles and assisting on a sack. He's currently listed as third-string ILB for the Cardinals and recently got a new haircut.

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

2013 is "kind of a prove-it year" as Branch put it for himself. He's looking to gain a roster spot as a rotational run defender in Buffalo's new hybrid defense. Unfortunately, Branch didn't help his case against the Colts on Sunday. After spending the last two seasons as a role player for the Seahawks, Alan recorded nothing on the stat line during his 22 snaps, causing some to think he won't make the team.

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

Another UDFA hoping to make either the practice squad or roster as a special teamer, Roh stood out during his first preseason game after recording two tackles with a sack for a loss of 4 yards. After his performance, it looks that Roh might stick around for a while in Carolina.

Leon Hall (CB, 18th in 2007 to Bengals, Cincinnati Bengals):

Leon's the number one cornerback for the Bengals, and he's considered one of the most important players on the team. Since he isn't battling for a spot on the roster, Hall played for only ten snaps against the Falcons last Thursday and recorded a single tackle before being pulled.

Roy Roundtree (WR, Undrafted in 2013, Cincinnati Bengals):

Like the other UDFAs, Roundtree will have to earn a spot on either the practice squad or roster by standing out. Against the Falcons Roy played for 13 snaps, but didn't record any stats. That doesn't look good for his chances to make any more than the practice squad.

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

A torn Achilles tendon ended his 2012 campaign early, and as a backup to J.J. Watt, Jamison needs to rebound strong from his to injury to make the Texans roster. Against the Vikings last Friday Tim didn't do much, recording only one tackle, but head coach Gary Kubiak seemed pleased with Jamison's production, referring to him as a "bright spot."

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

The Jaguars signed Henne before the 2012 season to backup starter Blaine Gabbert, but after Gabbert sustained season-ending injuries, Henne took control of the team. He came in mid-game during Week 11 and threw four touchdowns and no interceptions; the only other player to do that since the NFL merger is Steve Young. Even though Henne won a single game as starting QB, he did well enough to start a competition this preseason over who deserves to start. While he didn't start last Friday against the Dolphins, Henne did alright with his playing time, going 8 for 11 and 87 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. But it was nothing special, and whether or not Henne starts for the Jags is still up for debate.

Denard Robinson (RB/OW, 135th in 2013 to Jaguars, Jacksonville Jaguars):

After introducing himself as an "Offensive Weapon," Denard left us wondering what he'd do in the NFL. He didn't tear up the Dolphins in his first preseason game, but he didn't disappoint either. Robinson ran for 32 yards on 9 attempts, displaying the same elusiveness and agility he did as a Wolverine. The Jaguars featured him once in the Wildcat formation, a failed play that resulted in a two-yard loss. With the Jaguars plagued by injuries to star running back Maurice Jones-Drew and starting receivers Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts, Denard looks to have a strong role in Jacksonville's offense.

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

After spending all but the last game of 2012 on the practice squad, Hemingway came into the 2013 preseason with a shot at making the Chiefs roster. Right now, the Chiefs list Junior as third on the depth chart at WR. Unfortunately, Hemingway missed the first preseason game with a strained thumb. He'll need to bounce back next week and make the most of his playing time to lock up a backup WR spot.

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

Kovacs will need to show the same determination that took him from walk-on to team captain and MVP at Michigan if he wants to make the Dolphins roster. He's already played in two preseason games (the Dolphins played in the Hall of Fame game a week before the official start to preseason) and in both he's recorded two tackles. Jordan's currently listed last on the Dolphins depth chart, but he shouldn't be ruled out for the practice squad or even the 53-man roster. We all know he has the heart, but it will come down to whether his hard work can elevate him to an NFL skill level.

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

He's already done it all, and he says he's feeling better today than nine years ago when he was 27. His brief preseason performance against the Eagles did nothing to disprove his sentiment. Brady only played for two offensive series last Friday, and on his second, he tore apart the Philadelphia defense, going 7 for 8 with 65 yards and a touchdown.

Zoltan Mesko (P, 150th in 2010 to Patriots, New England Patriots):

Mesko's been New England's starting punter since being drafted, but that could change this preseason. Rookie punter Ryan Allen is challenging Zoltan for the starting position, and as of now, nothing's guaranteed. Allen has the stronger leg - averaging 54 yards on two punts in the first game to Mesko's 45 yard average on three attempts - but Zoltan has the experience and is also New England's holder (he held four extra-points and three field goal attempts last Friday). If Mesko falters in the final three preseason games, he might lose his starting job, but it's still his to lose.

Steve Breaston (WR, 142nd in 2007 to Cardinals, New Orleans Saints):

Breaston has been unable to replicate his breakout 2008 season, where he caught 77 passes for 1,006 yards and 3 touchdowns. He did catch over 700 yards for both the Cardinals and Chiefs before last season, when the Chiefs stopped using him for unknown reasons. In 2012, Breaston only had seven catches for 74 yards and only started six of the ten games he played in. The Saints signed him to battle for a WR spot, but if the first preseason games any indication, Breaston doesn't seem to be winning the race. Steve only played for two snaps as a punt returner, averaging 10 yards on two returns. No reps at wideout isn't promising.

Elliott Mealer (C, Undrafted in 2013, New Orleans Saints):

If you don't remember or don't know about Mealer's story, watch the E:60 on Elliott and his brother Brock. And if you want more inspiration after that, watch Mike Barwis talk about Brock at TEDxUofM. As for Elliot and the NFLt, he probably won't make the Saints 53-man roster and will have to battle his way onto the practice squad. He saw 25 snaps against the Chiefs and commented on the experience a bit here.

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

After undergoing a couple procedures during the offseason, Baas is taking it slow during his recovery. David started all 16 games last year and will look to do the same in 2013. He saw limited action against the Steelers last Saturday, playing for only 13 snaps.

Stevie Brown (S, 251st in 2010 to Raiders, New York Giants):

After bouncing around Oakland, Carolina, and Indianapolis, Brown broke out last year on the Giants, starting in 11 games with 8 interceptions for a team-record 307 return yards (fourth-highest of all-time). The starting safety job is already his, so he only saw 19 snaps against the Steelers, recording nothing on the stats sheet.

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

He's only started five games over his first five seasons, but at least now he'll be backing up his former teammate and friend, the aforementioned Stevie Brown. Mundy looks to be the front-runner in securing the third spot at safety for the Giants after recording four tackles with one on special teams against the Steelers.

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

After switching from defense to offense and back to defense at Michigan, the Jets have decided to use Campbell's skill set at right guard. Right now, Will's third on the depth chart. He saw 15 snaps against the Lions last Friday and "looked decent but wasn't tested."

Braylon Edwards (WR, 3rd in 2005 to Browns, New York Jets):

After two disappointing seasons - one in San Francisco, the other in Seattle - Edwards is back with the Jets for a second time, being claimed off waivers last December. He's currently listed as second string on the Jets depth chart, but according to Gang Green Nation, he's battling for the fifth WR spot. Against the Lions, Braylon saw 27 snaps, during which he caught two passes for 23 yards, but he didn't impress.

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

Harris has started every game for the Jets the past four seasons, and he already owns the starting job. Therefore, Harris only played 14 snaps against the Lions where he recorded one tackle for a loss of three yards. He'll look to lead the Jets defense in 2013.

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

Like his former teammate Tom Brady, Woodson's enjoyed a successful NFL career that he looks to end in the city where it all began. Charles has to bounce back from a broken collarbone that ended his stint in Green Bay - the most successful portion of his career. He won't have to battle for a starting job, as it's already his, and he didn't do much in the preseason opener, recording just an assist on a tackle.

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

Avant hasn't become a consistent starter on the Eagles yet, and it doesn't look like that's going to change in 2013. He's currently considered the third receiver, and he's doing everything he can to try and change that. Jason impressed against the Patriots, hauling in three passes for 42 yards.

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

Graham's switching from defensive end to linebacker for the 2013 season as Philadelphia moves to a 3-4 defense. It should be noted that he came to Michigan as a linebacker before being moved to the D-line. Like Avant, he hasn't been a consistent starter for the Eagles, and right now he's listed as a backup. But he performed well against the Patriots, starting the game with a big hit on the opening kickoff and pressuring Patriots QB Ryan Mallet a few times.

Larry Foote (ILB, 128th in 2002 to Steelers, Pittsburgh Steelers):

Save for '09 when he played for his hometown Detroit Lions, Foote has spent his entire career in Pittsburgh. Larry started his last five seasons of his first stint in Pittsburgh and battled back to a starting position in 2012. As a starter, Foote only saw nine snaps in the preseason opener against the Giants, recording one solo tackle and an assist on another. He's currently one of two starter inside linebackers in the Steelers 3-4 defense.

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

Unlike Foote, Woodley has never left Pittsburgh, starting in every game he's played since his rookie season. But there were rumblings last year about LaMarr being out of shape, and he's apparently lost weight this off-season. Like Foote, Woodley's already a starter and only played nine snaps last Saturday, recording no stats.

David Molk (C, 226th in 2012 to Chargers, San Diego Chargers):

Molk saw a little action last year, playing in the first twelve games on special teams and jumbo packages before suffering a season-ending thumb injury. He's battling for the backup spot at center and seems to have an edge after playing for 52 snaps (78% of offensive plays) against the Seahawks last Thursday.

Jonas Mouton (ILB, 61st in 2011 to Chargers, San Diego Chargers):

This will be the only update on Mouton since he tore his ACL on the first day of Training Camp, ending his 2013 season before it began. He's struggled with injuries his entire NFL career: he spent 2011 on injured reserve with a shoulder injury and didn't play his first game until December 2012. It's disappointing for Mouton, who was expected to battle with Manti Te'o for a starting inside linebacker spot.

Stephen Schilling (RG, 201st in 2011 to Chargers, San Diego Chargers):

Schilling started 2011 on the practice squad before being activated for nine games. The Chargers cut him right before the 2012 season, but resigned him that December. He needs to prove himself to earn a roster spot in 2013 but didn't do too hot with his 18 snaps against the Seahawks according to these two posts breaking down each play from the game: first quarter and second quarter. He's currently the second string right guard, but it's not looking good based on those comments.

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

Goodwin has started every game he's played in since 2008, including three seasons in New Orleans and two in San Francisco. He's the starter as of now for the 49ers, but he's currently dealing with an undisclosed injury and didn't play in the preseason opener. He's being challenged by backup Dan Kilgore, but the starting spot seems to be his to lose whenever he gets healthy.

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

After being the hero in Super Bowl XLVI for the Giants, Manningham joined the 49ers in 2012 and started in nine games before tearing his ACL and PCL in the penultimate game of the season. He didn't play in the preseason opener as he is still on the PUP list. Whenever he does come back - which is unclear at this point - it's uncertain what his role will be. It will most likely be a situational role rather than a starter, similar to what he did as a Giant.

Patrick Omameh (G, Undrafted in 2013, San Francisco 49ers):

Omameh is on the outside looking in for a spot on the 49ers roster, but he did see a lot of action in the preseason game against the Broncos, playing for 51 offensive snaps and two special teams plays. However, he didn't do well, with some saying he "should not be entrusted to protect a quarterback ever again." If he gets a chance in the second preseason game, Patrick needs to stand out, otherwise his time as a 49er could be short-lived.

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

Jake spent his entire career in Miami before signing with the Rams this offseason. He's started in every game he's played and holds the starting job in St. Louis. Long played in 14 snaps last Thursday against the Browns, and unless he gets hurt, he'll coast into the regular season as the starting left tackle.

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

Martin impressed in his rookie season after playing in all sixteen games and starting in one. It looks like he's basically secured a backup spot at DT for the Titans, barring injury. He played for 28 snaps against the Redskin, recording only one tackle.

Martell Webb (TE, Undrafted in 2011, Tennessee Titans):

Webb's bounced around six different teams since 2011, and it looks like he'll be looking for his seventh stop soon. He's currently fourth on the depth chart and has never played in an NFL game. He also didn't play in the Titans preseason opener. The Titans have him signed to a futures contract after signing him to the practice squad at the end of last season.

I should also note there's seven former Wolverines players and three former Wolverines assistant coaches, the most notable being 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. Check out the full list here.

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