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Ex-Wolverines in the NFL: Week 2

Take a break from reading about Michigan's rough weekend and catch up with all the ex-Wolverines in the NFL. The second week of the regular season watched Tom Brady not be Tom Brady (again), witnessed Charles Woodson display Superman-like athleticism, and wished that Chad Henne and Denard Robinson would do something worth talking about in Jacksonville.

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

Jay put a lot of the issues plaguing him so far this season in the rear-view mirror against the Detroit Lions with a stellar performance on Sunday. Feely accounted for over half of the Cardinals offense with 13 total points, going 4 for 4 on field goals from 47, 23, 43,  and 33 yards with an extra-point on top. He also crushed his seven kickoffs as six flew into the end zone for touchbacks. According to Revenge of the Birds, "[Feely] will need to continue all season long if the Cardinals have any hope of winning more games." After the game, Jay seemed pleased with himself, and rightfully so after a rocky preseason:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Felt good to get a win and to help the team.</p>&mdash; Jay Feely (@jayfeely) <a href="">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote>

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

Demens is on the practice squad in Arizona, busy posting cartoon drawings of himself:

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

In a loss against the Panthers on Sunday, Branch played for 26 (or 33% of) Buffalo's defensive snaps and didn't record any stats. It was an uneventful and disappointing game for the backup defensive tackle.

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

Roh is on the practice squad in Carolina with nothing to report.

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

Even though Hall was beat on a one-yard floater for the Steelers only touchdown of the game, he added two solo tackles and three assists to help the Bengals shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football this week. Hall's still considered the leader of the Bengals secondary, a group that will be put to the test next week against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

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

Tim was on last Thursday's injury report with a foot issues, but he still participated fully in practice. On Friday, he was listed as probable, and he ended up being inactive against the Tennessee Titans this week.

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

Starting in place of the injured Blaine Gabbert, Henne had a chance to prove himself against the Oakland Raiders this week. Instead, he fell flat on his face even though he helped the Jags score their first touchdown of the season. Henne finished the game going 25 for 38 for 241 yards and one touchdown but most of his stats were accrued when the Jags were already losing 19-0. The touchdown didn't come until the final three minutes of the game. Chad's consistently bad performances this year have the writers over at Big Cat Country saying the following:

  1. "It's going to be a rough season, but hold on to hope that this patient rebuild is creating a young, ascending roster. And no, Henne and/or Gabbert almost definitely don't factor into that."
  2. "Chad Henne isn't going to fix anything."
  3. "Debates over the better quarterback between Gabbert and Henne really just hurt my brain at this point. Both have made it apparent that they are bad. Both have made it apparent that they aren't going to help this team win football games."

Needless to say, Henne's performance must be better next week if he starts.

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

With the Jags offense struggling mightily to start the season, Robinson hasn't seen much action. It seems Denard's playing time will depend on the rhythm of the offense, something Jacksonville has yet to find in 2013. Against the Raiders, Robinson had one carry for zero yards and a "bonehead play" on special teams when he downed a punt early instead of letting it roll closer to the goal line. With Maurice Jones-Drew possibly hurt again, it's possible that Denard sees more action in Week 3, but regardless, he needs to perform better overall.

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

After an exciting Week 1 saw Junior haul in his first career catch for a touchdown, this week wasn't nearly as productive for Hemingway. On only four offensive snaps, Hemingway recorded one reception for ten yards, and he played for twelve special teams snaps as well. For Junior, the lack of playing time has to be disappointing, given the fact that he stood out in the preseason and in Week 1.

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

Kovacs is on the practice squad in Miami, and he had an interesting take on Michigan's game last Saturday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Got off the plane in time to catch the last 4 plays so from what I saw they looked damn good! <a href=";src=hash">#GoBlue</a></p>&mdash; Jordan Kovacs (@JKovacs32) <a href="">September 14, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

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

In the home-opener for Brady and the Patriots, Tom led his team on a six play, 81 yard drive to start the game, capped by a 39-yard touchdown pass. However, that would be the bulk of the Patriots offense for the rest of the game. Tom finished 19 for 39 for 185 yards and one touchdown, and throughout the game, he and his receivers were not on the same page. Miscommunications and drops plagued Brady and the offense as they barely beat the lowly Jets. So far, the season hasn't been pretty for Tom, with comments over his body language and the anger over a lack of offensive weapons taking center stage. Brady needs to settle down and become the leader he's always been. Otherwise, this season could turn ugly for Tom and the Patriots.

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

After missing Week 1 with an MCL injury, Baas returned to play all 79 offensive snaps for the Giants on Sunday. Unfortunately, David looked rusty after some missed time, and he received the second-worst grade for the Giants from Pro Football Focus this week with a -2.4 (more on PFF grading system here). David's struggles seemed to have an impact on the Giants running game as they struggled to do anything against the Denver Broncos. Hopefully once he gets back into the swing of things Baas starts to look better.

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

Mundy, along with the rest of the Giants secondary, couldn't figure out future hall of famer Peyton Manning this week. However, Ryan put up some decent stats, recording six solo tackles with two assists. He also recovered a fumble. But he'll need to do more as the replacement for Stevie Brown for the Giants secondary to succeed.

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

After starting the season on a high note, Harris regressed in Week 2 with a disappointing performance in New York's loss against the Patriots. David recorded three solo tackles with four assists but committed a noticeable blunder on a New England third-down attempt late in the fourth quarter. Harris's mistake helped the Pats extend their drive and run time off the clock. Moving forward, Harris needs to find some consistency on the field.

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

Campbell was inactive for the second straight week.

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

Woodson led the Raiders on defense to their first win of the season, a 19-9 victory over the Jaguars. His performance stood out as he led the team with six solo tackles, including one on a second-and-goal play where he dove over blockers to keep the Jags out of the endzone. His teammates had nothing but praise following the win for the 36-year old NFL veteran. As for Woodson, he had this to say in regards to his huge play and the game:

"I'm just flying over a building in a single bound. You know sometimes you gotta leave your feet. We kind of stretched the play outside and it looked like [running back Maurice Jones-Drew] was slowing down and maybe gonna be able to get the corner and just tried to get to him before he could make any more to get to the pylon...The main thing for me is God's gift to me was to be able to play football and I can play football. So, no matter the age, as long as my body feels good I can go out there and play football. I don't think it's really about showing anybody anything than it is going out and trying to help the team win and doing whatever I can to help the team win."

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

In a 33-30 shootout loss against the San Diego Chargers this week, Avant saw a lot of playing time -- 48 snaps (or 81% of the) offensive snaps -- but he didn't do much on the stat sheet, recording four receptions for 39 yards. Avant's the third receiver in Philadelphia, and it was apparent on Sunday. His Week 1 mistakes didn't help his cause as well, and he'll need to limit his errors to gain more looks from quarterback Michael Vick.

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

For the second week in a row, Graham played for only 16 defensive snaps and recorded no stats. The Eagles used him on 56% of the special teams snaps, but its starting to look more and more like Philadelphia isn't pleased with Graham's performance after his switch to linebacker.

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

After losing teammate (and fellow ex-Wolverine) Larry Foote to a season-ending injury, Woodley "showed once again he's back to form" against the Bengals this week.  LaMarr recorded two solo tackles with one assist and committed two penalties: defensive offside and unnecessary roughness. The latter of the two calls "summarized the frustration" of Woodley and the rest of the Steelers as they've struggled to an 0-2 start this season.

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

Mesko was one of the few positives in the Steelers ugly, 20-10 loss against the Bengals on Monday night. He punted the ball seven times for an average of 46.6 yards with a long of 52. Out of those seven punts, two were fair catches, and four were returned less than six yards.

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

After a rough start to the season against the Packers, in which he was beat time after time, Goodwin didn't have a strong second week either, although he played on all 53 offensive snaps. Jon and the rest of the 49ers offense got dominated by the Seattle Seahawks in a 29-3 rout on Sunday. The game was delayed due to rain, but the final numbers for the 49ers were still ugly, regardless of the weather: 207 net yards with 100 on the ground, three interceptions, two lost fumbles, and three sacks for the Seahawks. Goodwin and the 49ers offensive line did not do much this week and couldn't handle Seattle's defense.

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

Manningham's on the PUP list until at least week 6 of the regular season.

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

Omameh's on the practice squad in San Francisco with no news to report.

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

In a 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Long helped contain the pass rush, allowing Rams quarterback Sam Bradford to pass for 352 yards and three touchdowns with no sacks. However, Jake couldn't help the stagnant St. Louis rushing attack as the Rams mustered only 69 yards on the ground.

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

Martin didn't record any stats this week against the Texans, and he failed to come through big in a game-changing moment. After scoring a touchdown with less than two minutes to go, the Texans trailed the Titans by two points and lined up for the two-point conversion. Houston handed the ball off to all-star running back Arian Foster, who was met by Martin at the line of scrimmage. If Mike had made the tackle, the Titans likely win the game, but he didn't, and Foster plowed through him for the score. To see a photo breakdown of the play, go here.