Eight. That is the number of former Michigan defensive linemen on NFL rosters as of Week 5 of the 2019 season. Among them are former first round picks, All-Americans, and a Super Bowl champion. As the slate of early games kicked off on Sunday, it did not take long for former Wolverines to start making impact plays.
2018 Super Bowl champion Brandon Graham brought down Jets QB Luke Falk early in the first quarter Sunday for a sack on third down, forcing the Jets to punt. The Eagles went on to win 31-6 as Graham had a career day with three sacks and six total tackles in Philly’s romp over the green gang. Graham’s efforts earn him his first Wolverine Watch Helmet Sticker of the season. Mo Hurst and the Raiders traveled across the Atlantic to London, where Oakland secured an upset win over the Chicago Bears. Hurst was called for a roughing the passer penalty late in the fourth quarter as the Raiders clung to a 24-21 lead, but he made up for it on what ended up being the game’s final play.
Hurst brought down Chase Daniel for his second and final sack of the game, doing the LeBron James dance that former Raider and now Bears LB Khalil Mack usually does after sacks. The sacks were Hurst’s first on the season, and first since Week 11 of the 2018 campaign.
Chase Winovich also made his presence felt early in our nation’s capital. He recorded a sack of Washington QB Colt McCoy early in the first quarter to force a fourth down. Winovich finished the game with two tackles and that sack.
Ryan Glasgow returned to action for the Cincinnati Bengals after missing the past two games with a thigh injury. Glasgow logged four total tackles in the Bengals 26-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Cincinnati. Elsewhere in the AFC North, Chris Wormley finished with one tackle in the Ravens 26-23 overtime win over the Steelers. Frank Clark had two tackles, one for a loss as the Chiefs defense was run over by Marlon Mack and the Indianapolis Colts in a 19-13 loss on Sunday Night Football.
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie sensation Devin Bush continues to make head turning plays for the black and yellow despite the team’s worst start since 2013 (1-4.) In the Steelers home loss to the Ravens, Bush had eight tackles, half of a tackle for a loss, and an impressive interception off a deflection of Ravens tight end Nick Boyle. His performance earns him his first WW Helmet Sticker of the season.
Fellow rookie linebacker Rashan Gary had a quieter day for the Packers down at Jerryworld. The 12th pick of the 2019 Draft had three total tackles as Green Bay defeated Dallas 34-24. Ben Gedeon collected two tackles in the Minnesota Vikings 28-10 win over the Giants.
Former Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers continues to make plays for the Giants. The 2016 Heisman Finalist completed the game with five tackles, one for a loss, and punched the ball loose from Vikings running back Dalvin Cook deep in Giants territory.
If you can stomach watching the first five seconds of this video, you'll see Jabrill Peppers make the best defensive play by a Giant this season.— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) October 7, 2019
LB & FS right now are HUGE problems. Ryan Connelly went from 5th-rd pick to irreplaceable in four weeks.https://t.co/VSTOmvpUTb pic.twitter.com/YWGVBiiXSe
Jarrod Wilson continued his decent season at safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wilson recorded four tackles in the Jaguars 34-27 loss at the Carolina Panthers.
Moving over to the offensive side of the ball, it was a nice return to form for Tom Brady after recording his worst regular season performance in over ten years during the Patriots Week 4 win over Buffalo. At FedEx Field, Brady passed for 348 yards and three touchdowns while going 28 for 42 with one interception. Brady greeted rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins after the game with some friendly rivalry chatter.
Tom Brady (@TomBrady) to Dwayne Haskins (@dh_simba7) after #NEvsWAS:— Adam Winkler (@AdamWinkSports) October 6, 2019
Brady, a @UMichFootball product: "Good luck to you...an @OhioStateFB guy. You beat us all the time!"#HTTR #GoPats #GoBucks https://t.co/bcg345H0eS pic.twitter.com/8xCLflzyiD
Sunday marked the return of former All-American and three-time pro bowl tackle Taylor Lewan to the Tennessee Titans. Lewan missed the first four games of the season due to violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy. Lewan was flagged for both a false start and holding in the Titans 14-7 loss to the Bills in Nashville. The Bills have been taking their shots to pile on Lewan through Twitter after his poor performance in the loss.
Michael Schofield III made his fifth start of the year as the Chargers hosted the winless Broncos. Denver jumped out to a 17-0 lead early and LA couldn’t recover as the Broncos logged an upset victory 20-13 at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Jake Butt (Knee) - Denver Broncos
Mason Cole - Arizona Cardinals. Cole was active, but did not play in the Cardinals win over the Bengals.
Devin Funchess (Clavicle) - Indianapolis Colts
Zach Gentry (Healthy Scratch) - Gentry was inactive in the Steelers loss to the Ravens.
Lano Hill - Seattle Seahawks. Hill did not record any snaps in the Rams 30-29 loss at Seattle.
David Long (Healthy Scratch) - Los Angeles Rams. Long has yet to make his rookie debut for the Rams.
Patrick Omameh - New Orleans Saints. Omameh did not see any game action in the Saints win over the Buccaneers.
Graham Glasgow - Detroit Lions
Taco Charlton - Miami Dolphins
WW Helmet Sticker Count:
G. Glasgow - 2
J. Peppers - 2
D. Bush - 1
R. Gary - 1
B. Graham - 1
C. Winovich - 1