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Ex-Wolverines in the NFL: Week 1

The start of the regular season watched Junior Hemingway continue to score touchdowns, eyed Chad Henne as he gains another shot at the starting spot in Jacksonville, and remembers that even Tom Brady makes a mistake from time to time.

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

Before the start of the season, Feely was named a team captain in Arizona. It's not surprising given the fact that 1) he's a veteran and 2) there's not many guys to choose from for special teams captains. Unfortunately, Jay didn't live up to his title in the first game of the 2013 season. Feely went 1 for 2 on field goal attempts, hitting from 30 yards and missing wide right from 50 yards. He'd boot three extra points to finish with six points on the day, but his missed - yet makeable - field goal before halftime proved to be the difference in the Cardinals 27-24 loss against the Rams. Jay also added some weak kickoffs - including one where he slipped - and even though head coach Bruce Arians isn't pleased with Feely's performance, there's no indications as of now that the Cardinals are looking elsewhere for a kicker.

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

What seemed likely to happen did happen last week as Kenny rejoined the Cardinals as a member of their practice squad. Since there's not much else to report, Kenny had this to say about Lou Holtz before UTL II.

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

Even though the Bills lost to Tom Brady and the Patriots, Branch seems to be fulfilling his role as the backup nose tackle in Buffalo. On 33 (or 36% of) defensive snaps, Alan had one solo tackle and one assist. Branch saw more snaps than usual since the Patriots forced 91 total defensive snaps out of the Bills.

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

On the practice squad in Carolina.

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

Like Jay Feely, Leon was named a captain for the Bengals this past week. Unlike Feely, Hall played every defensive snap in a solid first game, recording six solo tackles and one assist on 64 snaps. He was the only Bengals defender to play on every snap as well as the only member of the secondary to get a positive grade from Pro Football Focus with a +1.6 (more on PFF grading system here).

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

It seemed as if Jamison would start on the Texans defensive line with the suspension of fellow lineman Antonio Brown, but Tim was jumped over on the depth chart by Jared Crick. Crick's name came up a lot this preseason, and the general opinion was that he outplayed Jamison. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that Tim didn't get the nod. He didn't record any stats against the Texans comeback victory against the Chargers, and once Brown returns in one week, Tim's going to have to do something to earn some more playing time.

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

Henne didn't end up starting the season in Jacksonville, but after Blaine Gabbert lacerated his throwing hand late in the season opener against Kansas City, Henne finished the game and will start Week 2 against the Raiders. It was a sour end to a poor day of football for Gabbert as he went 16 for 35 for 121 yards with two interceptions. Henne ended the Jags last offensive drive, going 3 for 6 for 36 yards. As some have pointed out, it will be an interesting matchup next week for Henne since he'll face off against former-Buckeye Terrelle Pryor in Oakland.

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

Denard didn't do much in his regular season NFL debut, rushing twice (on direct snaps) for one yard. But it can't be put on his shoulders since the Jags starting quarterback struggled and the offense failed to score any points. Robinson won't be used regularly, and if nothing's going right on offense, he'll have to make the most of his limited opportunities. Otherwise, it'll be a lot of minuscule stat lines for Denard.

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

Against the Jaguars, Hemingway gained his first NFL reception in style on a three-yard touchdown catch. It would be his only catch on the day but that wouldn't matter since the Chiefs annihilated the Jags 28-2. Hopefully, with a revitalized Alex Smith leading the KC offense, Hemingway continues to impress and perform in the NFL.

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

On the practice squad in Miami.

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

Tom struggled, along with the rest of the Patriots offense, this week against the Bills, but he did just enough to edge out a 23-21 victory. Brady led a 12 play, 49 yard drive that ended in the game-winning 35-yard field goal, but on the day, he wasn't efficient - going 29 for 52 for 288 yards and two touchdowns - and he turned the ball over twice - an interception that his intended receiver bobbled and a fumble on a fourth-and-one attempt at the Bills one-yard line. However, he was under pressure all day, being sacked twice, and continues to need better receiving options until tight end Rob Gronkowski returns. Lucky for the Pats, I don't think anybody sees Brady making miscues like a fumble at the goal line again this season.

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

Unfortunately, Baas didn't make the trip with the Giants to face their divisional foe, the Dallas Cowboys. David looked like he was on track to start the season, but his MCL injury seems to be lingering.

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

Mundy made Giants fans forget about the season ending injury to the man he's replacing (and fellow ex-Wolverine), Stevie Brown, as he recorded four solo tackles, two assists and one interception that he returned to the goal line. It's a strong start to a season where Mundy needs to make the most of his opportunity to start in New York.

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

During his team's 18-17 victory against the Buccaneers in Week 1, Harris returned to his old form after a rough preseason. David recorded three solo tackles with four assists as well as a forced fumble. Hopefully Harris builds on his strong start in the coming weeks.

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

Inactive in Week 1.

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

Woodson didn't do much of note in the season opener, finishing the game with one solo tackle and two assists. Even though he's getting up there in age, Charles still believes in himself, and he'll surely put up some bigger numbers as the season moves forward.

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

After a successful preseason, Avant stumbled mightily in the regular season opener. On the game, Jason had only two receptions for 13 yards, an offensive interference penalty, and a lost fumble in the fourth quarter that the Washington Redskins turned into a touchdown. The fumble-turned-touchdown cut into the Eagles lead, but lucky for Avant, the Redskins comeback attempts fell short as he would recover their final onside kick attempt to seal the victory for the Eagles. Unfortunately for Avant, his miscues caused him to be lost in head coach Chip Kelly's exciting and fast (Oregon) offense. Jason will need to clean up his game because the opportunities will present themselves in Kelly's high speed offensive attack.

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

If Avant's performance in the season opener was bad, then Graham's play was worse. Brandon didn't record any stats in the Eagles victory over the Redskins, and that doesn't look good as he tries to find a rhythm as a linebacker again. I've said before that Graham might become expendable to the Eagles depending on his production. He'll need to do better than recording nothing on the stat sheet.

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

After being all over the place in the first three quarters, recording three solo tackles and five assists, Foote left the game in the final frame after rupturing his biceps. Unfortunately, it'll likely end his season in a year the Steelers looked to have Foote be a force in their defense.

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

"We have to go out there and perform. We have to go out there and do what we didn't do last year - that's stopping the run, getting turnovers and putting our offense in good field position."

Those were the words of Woodley prior to the start of the Steelers season. LaMarr supported his own opinion by having a solid start against the Ttians, recording two solo tackles and two assists with one sack. He's going to have to pick up his game even more after the loss of Foote.

Zoltan Mesko (P, 150th in 2010 to Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers):

After being slighted by Bill Belichick and the Patriots, Zoltan started to earn his new contract in Pittsburgh by booting seven punts with an average of 35.9 yards. He had one punt land inside of the 20-yard line, and his long on the day was 51 yards.

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

As the starting center in San Francisco, Goodwin played on all 77 offensive snaps this week against the Green Bay Packers. His backup, Dan Kilgore, who was thought to be pressuring Jon for the starting spot, played only six offensive and 12 special teams snaps. During the game, Goodwin committed two false start penalties, which feels weird to read. I agree with the guys over at Niners Nation when they ask in disbelief the question: how does a center get two false start penalties?

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

On the PUP list until at least week 6 of the regular season.

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

On the practice squad in San Francisco.

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

The less there is to report about an offensive lineman, the better they must be playing. Jake Long had a "tremendous" start to his season and seems to be completely healthy at this point. At one point in the game, he had his ankle rolled on but refused to leave, exciting his fans and showing why he's one of - if not the - best left tackle in the game today.

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

Martin received a little playing time this week against the Steelers. He recorded one solo tackle on the game. He's still second on the depth chart, but the fact that he's seeing action in a rotational role looks good for Martin.