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Ex-Wolverines in the NFL: Week 3

Try to shake that feeling of deja vu, and catch up with all the ex-Wolverines in the NFL. The third week of the regular season watched the (likely) end of Chad Henne's career in Jacksonville, noticed that Kenny Demens loves himself some crab legs, and wondered what happened to the real Jake Long.

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

The New Orleans Saints destroyed the Cardinals on Sunday by a score of 31-7, and in the loss, Feely didn't account for much of anything. He added the extra point on Arizona's lone touchdown and bombed two kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. However, over at Revenge of the Birds, they voted him player of the game for his stellar Week 2 performance against the Detroit Lions. Also, ESPN wrote a cool piece on Jay's life and how he became a financial planner for two years after Michigan before finally breaking into the NFL. Read it here.

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

Demens is on the practice squad in Arizona bulking up via crab legs, which, according to the man himself, are his "fav:"

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

Against the New York Jets on Sunday, Branch played for a season-high 51 defensive snaps with three assists (he would have had a sack too, if not for a penalty that negated the play). However, "the Jets ran all over the Bills in this contest," so Branch, along with the rest of the Bills D-line, need to step up their respective games. This will be especially important for Alan throughout the rest of the season as he'll likely be seeing increased playing time due to a season-ending torn quad to fellow defensive lineman Alex Carrington.

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

Roh is on the practice squad in Carolina, and all he seems to talk about these days is his sleep number mattress:

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

The Bengals stole one from the Green Bay Packers this week (thank you Cincy), and Hall played a major role in the victory. On 84% of the defensive snaps, Leon tallied three solo tackles with one assist as well as an interception a little over a minute into the fourth quarter. The Bengals quickly morphed the turnover into seven points to cut the Pack's lead to three. With a little over four minutes to go, Green Bay looked to run out the clock but faced a third-and-long. On a pass over the middle, Hall made the tackle, and after the booth reviewed the call, it was concluded that Leon stopped the Packers short of the first down marker. Green Bay decided to go for it on fourth-and-one, they fumbled, the Bengals recovered and returned it for the game-winning touchdown. Due to his performance, Hal won the "Unsung Hero of the Week Award" over at Cincy Jungle. Unfortunately, Hall pulled his hamstring while blocking during the fumble returned for a touchdown, but he seems to think he'll be fine for next week.

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

Jamison remained inactive for the second week in a row. There's not much commentary about the situation, and it seems that he either has an undisclosed, lingering injury, the Texans aren't pleased with his production, or it's some combination of the two.

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



The GIF shown above describes Henne's Sunday in a nutshell. It should be his last for a while. Chad threw for 235 yards on 18 for 38 passing with two interceptions and zero touchdowns. He added two meaningless rushes for five yards and a fumble the Jags didn't end up losing. Most his stats came with the game well out of reach: he led Jacksonville to three-and-outs on their first four possessions, and the Jags didn't put up any points until they were down 31-0. Every one over at Big Cat Country is sick and tired of Henne, and with the way he's playing, who wouldn't be? Read the article called "The Henne vs. Gabbert Debate aka Falling Into A Pit of Spikes or A Pool Of Piranhas" for a quick insight into the quarterback mess festering in the swamps of Jacksonville.

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

Unfortunately, Denard's still waiting for more chances to do something in Jacksonville's offense. Here's a rundown of his five plays from Sunday:

  1. Kickoff return for 27 yards.
  2. Rush for -2 yards.
  3. On direct snap in shotgun, sacked for -2 yards and fumbled, recovered by Seattle.
  4. Kickoff return for 27 yards.
Robinson bookended his uneventful and underwhelming performance with two decent kickoff returns, but a negative rushing attempt and a lost fumble just won't cut it. Granted, Jacksonville's offensive line makes some shout WTF, and Denard's still not getting many opportunities. However, he'll have to do better with the few calls in his direction if he wants to earn more.

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

Hemingway's still seeing diminished playing time and looks from his quarterback. In last Thursday's victory against the Eagles, Hemingway had one incomplete pass thrown his way and added a tackle on special teams. But don't worry, he's still happy:

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

Kovacs is on the practice squad in Miami, and he's busy poking fun at fellow ex-Wolverine and former teammate Troy Woolfolk:

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

After an ugly performance in Week 2, Brady and the Pats offense bounced back to handle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 23-3. Tom didn't do anything special -- 25 for 36 for 225 yards with one touchdown and one interception -- but he seemed to find a rhythm with undrafted rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, the recipient of both touchdown passes. The interception was unlike Tom in every way: the Pats were driving at the Buc's six-yard line and Brady tossed the pick in the end zone. Tom's play was good, not great, but he's a "groove" (and groovy) kind of guy, so once he builds a repertoire with his untested receiving core, there won't be any issues.

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

On Sunday, the Panthers (without the mattress loving Craig Roh) manhandled Baas and the Giants en route to a 38-0 blowout victory. According to Big Blue View, Baas was "overrun in the middle," looked "old and overmatched," and "seemed to get pushed around by Carolina defensive tackles." Overall this season, he "has been a downgrade at Center." To make matters worse, Baas seems to have injured his neck in the loss. He sat out the final five plays and received an MRI on Monday. After the game, David had this to say:

"It's unacceptable, no matter who you are - especially if you are the New York Giants. We take a lot of pride in keeping Eli clean and that was definitely not the case today. We have to take a good, hard look at it and get it corrected - fast."

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

In the lopsided defeat at the hands of the Panthers, Mundy recorded five solo tackles and four assists. He's not receiving that attention of Baas, which is good. Ryan commented on his team's attitude following the loss here.

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

During the Jets 27-20 win against the Bills on Sunday, Harris had himself a day. He recorded four solo tackles with three assists and one sack. According to Gang Green Nation, he "appears off to his best start since 2010." David's solid play earned him some praise from his head coach, Rex Ryan, who said the following after the game: "David was tremendous. This is about as good a game as I've seen David play in a long, long time."

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

Campbell was inactive for the third straight week.

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

Losing to the Denver Broncos 37-21 on Monday Night Football, Woodson and the rest of the Raiders' secondary couldn't contain the arm of Peyton Manning, who threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns. Charles recorded nine solo tackles with one assist on the night. But I'm sure he'd trade in all of those tackles to not get burned by Wes Welker head fake for a touchdown.

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

Avant's playing time in Philly is finally starting to increase. On 83% of the offensive snaps, Avant caught five passes for 87 yards, including a nice 22-yard touchdown catch as well as this nifty one-handed snag. But Avant couldn't do it all as the Eagles fell to the Chiefs by a score of 26-16.

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

This is now the third week in a row that saw Graham with a limited role in the Eagles' defense and a bigger role on special teams. On 17 defensive snaps, Brandon recorded one tackle, a sack for a three yard loss. According to Bleeding Green Nation, Graham "does not seems [sic] to be the future (he isnt [sic] good at dropping into coverage)." At this point, it's too bad that Brandon isn't even getting a chance to prove any worth he may have for the Eagles.

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

Before Pittsburgh's game against the Chicago Bears this week, Behind the Steel Curtain wrote that for the Steelers to have a chance, "Woodley needs to dominate." After being handed a 40-23 loss, the Steelers would have needed Woodley to be superhuman to increase their odds of winning after watching their offense turn the ball over five times. LaMarr did what he could, pressuring Bears quarterback Jay Cutler enough to record one sack for a loss of six yards. Woodley added an assist, but that would be his output on the day. The impact of Larry Foote's season-ending injury was apparent more than ever in this one.

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

As mentioned above, the Steelers offense committed five turnovers in this week's game which limited the need for Mesko to punt. However, on his two punts, Zoltan completed the task of containing return specialist Devin Hester, with one punt being fair caught and the other downed.

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

After a pitiful Week 2 performance, the woes continued for Goodwin and the 49ers this week as they fell to the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 27-7. Goodwin played for all 53 offensive snaps, and even though the offensive line seemed to be doing its part in the run game, former Wolverine and head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to essentially abandon the ground attack in the second half. This will be a situation to keep an eye on, especially if changes are made on the offensive line. Goodwin underperformed in previous weeks, and with a running game that's up in the air, his job shouldn't be considered safe at this point.

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):

The Rams were abused by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and so was Jake Long. Long looked like he had never played a down of football prior to facing Dallas as the Cowboys blew by him for two sacks and pancaked him as many times. He played so poorly that he was pulled from the game to take a seat on the bench. Yes, the Rams benched the offensive lineman they signed this year for four years and $36 million. That's how bad Jake played on Sunday. It'll be interesting to see how the Pro Bowler responds to all of this.

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

After the Titans lost defensive lineman Sammie Hill to injury, both head coach Mike Munchak and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said that Martin would see more playing time against the San Diego Chargers this week. However, nothing points to Martin playing all that much as he recorded no stats. Hopefully Martin sees an increase in playing time in the coming weeks.