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Wolverines in the NFL: Who survived final cuts?

Preseason is boring, especially the final week. There's not much to talk about aside from who made the cut and who didn't. Find out which Wolverines made a 53-man roster and which ones need a new home.

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Kenny Demens (ILB, Arizona Cardinals):

Demens finally landed a spot on Arizona's 53-man roster after rounding out a solid offseason with a strong finish. It doesn't look like he played much, if at all, in the preseason finale last week, but he recorded four solo tackles and "seemed to be in on a lot of plays" two weeks ago. He'll be a backup inside linebacker to start the season. However, he might see increased playing time in Week 1 due to a healing Kevin Minter ahead of him.

Larry Foote (ILB, Arizona Cardinals):

Foote will be starting ahead of Demens in Arizona. In Week 3 of the preseason, Foote tallied four solo tackles. Like most starters throughout the NFL, he didn't play last week.

Fitzgerald Toussaint (RB, Baltimore Ravens):

After failing to see action in Week 3, Toussaint came out swinging last week against the Saints. On 17 carries, Fitz rushed for 107 yards and added one reception for nine yards as well. However, it wasn't enough to keep him on the 53-man roster as he was waived during final roster cuts. But it was enough for him to be invited back to the practice squad, which is where Toussaint will likely spend the entire 2014 season.

Jason Avant (WR, Carolina Panthers):

Like the first two preseason games, Avant didn't do much in the final preseason games. He failed to record any stats in Week 3 and caught just one pass for 13 yards last week. However, none of this matters right now since his roster spot was never in doubt. He'll be Cam Newton's third option at wide receiver, and Avant will hopefully be looking to be more active in the regular season.

Ryan Mundy (S, Chicago Bears):

Mundy secured a starting spot in Chicago after a solid preseason. He finished with four combined tackles in Week 3 before sitting with the starters last week.

Leon Hall (CB, Cincinnati Bengals):

Hall's top-spot in Cincy was never in doubt. He recorded three solo tackles in Week 3 before sitting out last week.

Michael Schofield (T, Denver Broncos):

Seeing as the Broncos used a third-round pick on Schofield, it comes as no surprise that he made the 53-man roster as a backup tackle. Two weeks ago, he had a solid game, getting "after it in the run and was killing it toward the end of the game. Schofield displayed the toughness we have all been craving for in the run." However, last week was a bit of a wakeup call for the rookie as he "started the game strong but had a couple rookie hiccups throughout the game." He was penalized 10 yards for illegal use of hands and "also got completely blown up" during a broken play. Speed bumps are expected for rookies, and Schofield's sure to improve as he gains more NFL experience.

Tim Jamison (DE, Houston Texans):

Jamison will be backing up J.J. Watt in Houston this season. He recorded two combined tackles in Week 3 and no stats last week.

Chad Henne (QB, Jacksonville Jaguars):

Even though Blake Bortles is outperforming him, Henne is still the starter in Jacksonville for now. He made his final preseason appearance in Week 3, where he recorded a lackluster 70 yards on 9 for 14 passing. The Jaguars seem firm in their plans to let Bortles gain experience behind Henne, but if Big Cat Country had their way, Bortles would be the starting QB in Jacksonville.

Denard Robinson (RB, Jacksonville Jaguars):

Robinson will be near the back end of the depth chart in Jacksonville for the second consecutive year. He didn't do much in the final two preseason games - 8 carries for 24 yards, 2 receptions for 24 yards - but he did display some of the reasons why he should get more playing time last week.

Junior Hemingway (WR, Kansas City Chiefs):

After suffering injuries during training camp, Hemingway has fallen to the back of the depth chart in Kansas City. He didn't record any stats in the final two preseason games, and he'll have to battle his way to more playing time throughout the regular season.

Cameron Gordon (LB, New England Patriots):

Gordon remained inactive due to an unknown injury, and the Pats placed him on injured reserve which keeps him around for the season. There's been very little said about Gordon this offseason, so I'll be interested in what's been going on once it surfaces.

Tom Brady (QB, New England Patriots):

Brady dominated the Panthers two weeks ago, finishing 17 for 21 for 204 yards and two touchdowns. He sat out the preseason finale.

Jonathan Goodwin (C, New Orleans Saints):

Goodwin will be in New Orleans for 2014, but it's still unclear whether or not he'll be starting or riding the bench. There's been no official announcement, and the Saints website currently has the center position blank on the depth chart.

Stevie Brown (S, New York Giants):

Brown will be a starter in New York even though Pro Football Focus graded him a -3.6 on the preseason. He finished with eight combined tackles in the last two weeks.

Mario Manningham (WR, New York Giants):

Manningham had one catch for three yards in the final two preseason games before straining his calf. The Giants placed him on season-ending injured reserve.

David Harris (ILB, New York Jets):

With his starting spot never in doubt, Harris recorded three combined tackles in Week 3 before sitting out the final preseason game.

LaMarr Woodley (DE, Oakland Raiders):

Woodley recorded three combined tackles in the final two preseason games. He'll be starting at right defensive end for the Raiders.

Charles Woodson (FS, Oakland Raiders):

Another Wolverine locked into a starting position, Woodson tallied three combined tackles in Week 3 before sitting out last week.

Brandon Graham (LB, Philadelphia Eagles):

In the end, the Eagles have decided to keep Graham for now rather than cut or trade him. He recorded two solo tackles in each of the last two preseason games and will be a backup linebacker to start the season.

David Molk (C, Philadelphia Eagles):

Against the odds, Molk has earned a spot on the Eagles 53-man roster as their backup center. He seems ready for the opportunity:

I'm looking forward to playing. There's nothing like it for me. I'm going to have fun and go out and do the best I can. The rest of it, I think it's a stressful time right now for a lot of guys it can be. I have experienced it before and I realized that there's no reason to be nervous. If you're nervous you're going to alter your decisions and alter your mindset. I'm going to relax and play. It's just a game.

Stephen Schilling (G/C, Seattle Seahawks):

By showing the ability to play well at both guard and center, Schilling earned a spot on Seattle's 53-man roster as a backup offensive lineman. He's "pretty excited" about the chance to show his worth to an NFL team after an up and down three years in San Diego.

Jake Long (LT, St. Louis Rams):

Long finally returned to action in Week 3 after tearing his ACL and MCL at the end of last year. He looked "rusty" but that's somewhat expected after nine months away from the game. He's still a starter in St. Louis and will surely look better as the season moves forward.

Patrick Omameh (G, Tampa Bay Buccaneers):

After a strong showing this preseason, Omameh is currently listed as the starting right guard in Tampa Bay. This is great news for the undrafted free agent that spent all of last year on the sidelines.

Taylor Lewan (T, Tennessee Titans):

Lewan will start the 2014 season as a backup in Tennessee. It seems like the Titans are choosing to let him grow a bit before thrusting him into a starting role, especially since they have a pair of veterans ahead of him. As of now, don't expect Lewan to play unless he needs to step in due to injuries ahead of him.

Mike Martin (DT, Tennessee Titans):

Martin didn't play a single snap this preseason due to a hamstring injury. However, he still made the Titans 53-man roster, where he'll be a backup on the defensive line.


Jay Feely (K):

This wasn't shocking considering Feely's recent struggles - specifically, his inability to boom kickoffs - coupled with the fact that he's not getting any younger. In his final game with the Cardinals, Feely went 1 for 2 on field goal attempts, missing a 48-yarder that likely finalized his fate. He visited with the Titans last week, but he's still a free agent as of now.

Alan Branch (DT):

Branch's roller coaster offseason completely derailed following a DUI arrest prior to Week 3. The Bills cut him and due to his work ethic issues, it's unlikely someone takes a chance on him any time soon.

Craig Roh (DE):

Roh's looking for a home after getting chopped during roster cuts and not getting signed back to Carolina's practice squad.

Martell Webb (TE):

After being sidelined with a groin injury for Week 3, Webb was waived during roster cuts.

Jordan Kovacs (S):

Never having a strong chance of making the Dolphins 53-man roster, Kovacs was released during the final roster cuts. I would have expected Miami to keep him around for another season on the practice squad, but that wasn't the case as the Dolphins seemed to have moved on completely from Kovacs.

Jeremy Gallon (WR):

After being sidelined with injuries for the first half of the preseason, Gallon returned to practice a few days before Week 3. He didn't play that week but saw some action last week: 2 catches for 20 yards as well as some time at punt returner. Unsurprisingly, Gallon didn't make the 53-man roster and reportedly decided to not sign on to their practice squad.

Thomas Gordon (S):

He recorded a couple tackles in the preseason finale, but the Giants decided to waive Gordon during the final roster cuts.

William Campbell (RG):

After spending all of 2013 on the inactive list, the Jets decided to part ways with Campbell this offseason.

(NOTE: If you can think of any players I'm missing, let me know.)