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Jeremy Gallon drafted by Patriots in seventh round

Sunday, May 11th, 2014


Gallon(Rick Osentoski, USA Today Sports)

For the third consecutive day Michigan had a player drafted. This time, it was receiver Jeremy Gallon, who was taken in the seventh round (244th overall) by the New England Patriots where he will join fellow Wolverine, quarterback Tom Brady.

The diminutive receiver who finished second in the Big Ten with 89 receptions for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 very likely would have been drafted much higher if not for his 5’8″ size. But heading to the Patriots, who have utilized small receivers such as Wes Welker and Julian Edelman, is the best case scenario.

“They’re known for having smaller guys,” Gallon said on a conference call with New England media on Saturday evening. “They’re a team-oriented football team. They seem to just keep producing smaller guys that work in smaller spaces against big people. I just felt like it would be a good fit here as far myself and how I play and what I can bring and what they have for me to bring to the table.

“I try to model my game after them because they’re great guys, they’re great players. Everybody looks at the size and what they can bring to the table as like a 6-2 guy or as far as 5-7 or 5-10 guy. To me, I just think that doesn’t matter. It’s what you can bring to the table as far as your heart and your ability to play the game.”

The Patriots have a crowded receiving corps that Gallon will have to work his way into. Edelman and Danny Amendola are the current starters after combining for 159 receptions for 1,689 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013, while Kenbrell Thompkins signed as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati last May and caught 32 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns. Aaron Dobson was drafted in the second round of last year’s draft and caught 37 passes for 519 yards and four scores. That’s a lot of production from four guys.

New England also drafted Texas Christian receiver Josh Boyce in the fourth round last year and signed Brandon LaFell, a fifth-year receiver out of LSU, last month.

Gallon could also factor into the return game. Edelman is the current punt returner and seventh-year receiver Matthew Slater is the kickoff return man. While Gallon never had a return touchdown at Michigan, he was always reliable. He compiled 32 kick returns for 658 yards and 47 punt returns for 333 yards during his career.

Gallon finished his career third in receiving yards (2,704) and receptions (173), second in single-season receptions (89), and set the single-season record with 1,373 yards. He also set the Big Ten record for receiving yards in a single game with 369.

Michael Schofield drafted in third round by Denver Broncos

Friday, May 9th, 2014


Schofield

Unlike Taylor Lewan on Thursday night, former Michigan right tackle Michael Schofield wasn’t sure what round he would be drafted in. He was hoping to sneak into Friday night’s third round, which he planned to watch with a small group of immediate family. But he could just as easily have had to wait until Saturday when his family is holding a party at at his Orland Park, Ill. home to celebrate. He got his answer as the third round drew to a close when the Denver Broncos selected him 95th overall.

Schofield steps into a great opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl on a team that made it to the big game just three months ago and wants to win now in what will likely be quarterback Peyton Manning’s final season.

“Everyone dreams of coming into the NFL and being right in Super Bowl contention, especially at an organization like the Broncos and a quarterback like Payton Manning,” Schofield said on a conference call. “It’s a dream come true.”

He has the ability to play tackle or guard, having started 36 games during his career at Michigan, 10 at guard in 2011 and 26 at right tackle. He showed his versatility when he stepped in at left tackle for an injured Lewan for part of the Penn State game last fall. He also impressed with a solid performance at the Senior Bowl.

The Broncos have some veterans on the offensive line, but also some question marks, and the pick of Schofield fills a need for the club. Orlando Franklin has started 47 games at right tackle over the last three seasons since being drafted in the second round (46th overall) out of Miami in 2011. In 2012, he allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL among right tackles that started 16 games. Right guard Louis Vasquez has started 70 games over the past five seasons — the first four with the San Diego Chargers — and made his first Pro Bowl in 2013, his first season in Denver.

The left side of the line is less certain. Last season’s left tackle, Chris Clark, stepped in for 14 games when three-time Pro Bowler Ryan Clady was lost with a Lisfranc injury. If Clady is fully healthy this fall he’ll be the starter. Meanwhile, left guard Zane Beadles is now in Jacksonville, leaving a possible landing spot for Schofield. The only other guard on the roster is second-year undrafted free agent Ben Garland from Air Force who didn’t see any game action last season.

Schofield is the only Michigan player currently on the roster and joins fellow Big Ten foes, Ohio State defensive back Bradley Roby and Indiana receiver Cody Latimer, as Broncos draft picks so far in this year’s draft.

The draft continues with rounds four through seven today beginning at 12 p.m. Jeremy Gallon is the only other Wolverine likely to be drafted and is projected to go anywhere from the fourth to seventh round.

Taylor Lewan drafted 11th by Tennessee Titans

Friday, May 9th, 2014


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Taylor Lewan was a first round lock, but the question heading into the 2014 NFL Draft was whether he would be the first, second, or third offensive tackle selected. The answer came just before 9:30 Eastern time on Thursday evening when Lewan followed Auburn’s Greg Robinson (second overall) and Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews (sixth), as the 11th pick by the Tennessee Titans.

Most mock drafts had Lewan going sixth or ninth, so he fell slightly, but still becomes the first Michigan player drafted in the first round since Brandon Graham was taken 13th by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010. He’s also the highest Michigan draft pick since fellow left tackle Jake Long was the first overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2008 and was the first Big Ten player selected in this year’s draft.

The question now is where Lewan fits at Tennessee. Michael Roos has started 143 games at left tackle since he was drafted out of Eastern Washington in 2005. He was a Pro Bowler in 2008. On the other side, the Titans just locked up right tackle Michael Oher, who has started all 80 games since he was drafted out of Mississippi in 2009, to a four-year, $20 million deal with $9.5 guaranteed. One possibility would be to slide Oher to guard, but last year’s first round pick, Alabama guard Chance Warmack, started all 16 games at right guard in 2013 and left guard Andy Levitre has started all 80 games of his career. Lewan is walking into a loaded offensive line, so there’s a chance the Titans could use him as a trade piece later in the draft.

Prior to the draft, NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah listed Tennessee’s needs as cornerback, running back, quarterback, and offensive tackle, in that order. He notes Roos’ age, 32, as the reason for needing a tackle, but also says they should look to draft one somewhere around the fourth round. In other words, one that wouldn’t necessarily be ready to start from day one. Roos is in the final year of his contract, but Lewan certainly won’t be happy waiting a year to step into the lineup.

Lewan joins former Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin on the Titans roster. Martin was drafted by the Titans in the third round, 82nd overall, in the 2012 draft and has started two games over the past two seasons, recording 52 tackles (33 solo) and four sacks.

The draft continues with rounds two and three tonight at 6:30 p.m. and concludes with rounds four through seven on Saturday at noon. Michael Schofield and Jeremy Gallon will likely find out their destinations on Saturday, but there’s a chance Schofield could find his way into the third round.

Michigan’s 2014 NFL Draft preview

Thursday, May 8th, 2014


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The 2014 NFL Draft begins tonight, and even though Michigan football didn’t live up to expectations last season three Wolverines are in line to be drafted, including one in tonight’s first round. Here’s a look at what to expect this weekend, what the experts are saying, and Michigan’s NFL Draft history.

Taylor Lewan – OT | Projected: First Round

Lewan is the only Michigan player in this year’s draft that will be selected in the first round. Had he chosen to enter the draft after his junior season Lewan would have been a virtual lock for a lottery pick. Instead, he returned to Michigan for his senior season, and a combination of the team’s poor performance and some off-the-field problems have caused him to slide a little bit. Even so, he’s still considered one of the top three offensive tackles in the draft and likely to be selected in the top 10 or 15.

What they’re saying

Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune:

The Raiders have the fifth overall pick, and although they already inked left tackle Donald Penn to a two-year, $9.6 million contract, would make Lewan the highest Michigan player drafted since Jake Long went first overall in the 2008 draft.

ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. thinks he could be drafted even higher:

“In terms of (Lewan) going No. 2, that’s not out of the question,” Kiper said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “If (the Rams) do take a tackle, he’s right there with Robinson. You could make an argument he’s better than Robinson, and right now, he is.

“Robinson may have the bigger upside, but I think Taylor Lewan, right now, really benefited from coming back his senior year.”

Despite claiming that the Rams could take Lewan, Kiper thinks they’ll select Robinson, but has the Atlanta Falcons drafting Lewan at No. 6 in his mock draft. ESPN’s Todd McShay also has Lewan going to the Falcons.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is less bullish on Lewan:

“I don’t think [Lewan's] going to pass either [Robinson or Matthews],” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “I think he’s going to be the third tackle off the board. Some teams might even like Zack Martin better. He’s going to be the third or fourth tackle, but I believe the third tackle off the board.”

It’s worth noting that Mayock is an analyst for NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame football, so there is likely some bias there regarding Martin.

Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage, responding to a fan question on Twitter, agrees with Mayock:

Peter King of Sports Illustrated also has Lewan in the top 10 of his mock draft:

Bills stunned that Lewan’s still hanging around, and they pass on tight end Eric Ebron, who could be a great security blanket for E.J. Manuel. Keep in mind that GM Doug Whaley is very much open for business here, and could trade down and still get another guy they love: Odell Beckham.

Regardless of where he goes, Lewan will be Michigan’s first first round pick since Brandon Graham was selected 13th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2010 NFL Draft.

History

Michigan has had a strong history of sending offensive linemen to the NFL, especially in the past 20-25 years. Since 1993, five Michigan offensive linemen have been selected in the first round (center Steve Everitt 14th overall in 1993, tackle Trezelle Jenkins 31st in 1995, guard Steve Hutchinson 17th in 2001, tackle Jeff Backus 18th in 2001, and tackle Jake Long first in 2008). Michigan has had 37 offensive linemen drafted during the common draft period since 1967.

Michael Schofield – OT | Projected: Third Round to Fifth Round

Schofield, like Lewan, didn’t help his draft stock last season due to Michigan’s poor offensive line play, though that wasn’t much to his fault. The former four-star recruit from Orland Park, Ill. did show versatility throughout his career, playing both guard and tackle, which should be a valuable asset in the middle rounds of the draft.

What they’re saying

Kiper says Schofield could be an NFL starter:

“The one that I think is a little underrated is Schofield,” Kiper said. “I think maybe round three, round four … he has a chance to be a nice player for you. … Michael Schofield can be a starting right tackle in this league.”

Mayock was impressed with Schofield at the Senior Bowl, but thinks he will only work out as a right tackle, not a guard.

“Not a highly acclaimed kid; a late add [to the roster],” Mayock said. “I thought he stoned everybody in the [1-on-1] drill. Now, he’s a right tackle only, in my opinion. They tried him at guard. Right tackle only is not a good thing to be in the NFL unless you’re a starter. I think he has the potential to be a starting right tackle.”

The Sun Sentinel’s Omar Kelly lists Schofield among others as a “realistic possibility” for the Dolphins, who have a need at right tackle.

CBSSports.com ranks Schofield as the 11th-best offensive tackle and 108th-best prospect in the draft.

The Big Blue Review, the New York Giants’ SB Nation site, sees Schofield as a good fit for the Giants:

“I really think he does. Giants have traditionally loved grabbing high caliber high school recruits. Schofield was a four-star back then. He’s technically sound and a massive overachiever, which sounds like every successful Giant OL ever. He’s also versatile enough to play guard or right tackle. His personality fits exactly what the Giants look for and seems like a great locker room guy. He drew praise from Mike Mayock at the Senior Bowl, and we know that Jerry Reese and company pay attention there.

“It would not surprise me in the slightest if this guy was a New York Giants selection. I wouldn’t touch him before round 3, maybe Round 4, but can’t ever rule out tackle prospects. Could see him going as early as round 2, though it’d be a slight reach for me.”

History

Michigan has had a player drafted as an offensive lineman in each of the past three drafts. Last year, the New York Jets took William Campbell in the sixth round. Although Campbell played on the defensive side of the ball at Michigan, the Jets drafted him as an offensive guard. David Molk was selected in the seventh round of the 2012 draft by the San Diego Chargers, and while he didn’t last long in San Diego, he signed a futures contract with the Philadelphia Eagles this past January. In 2011, Stephen Schilling was drafted in the sixth round by the Chargers, and after spending time on their practice squad and even starting a couple of games in his rookie season, signed with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks last month.

Jeremy Gallon – WR | Projected: Fourth Round to Seventh Round

Gallon is an interesting case study because he finished his career as one of the greatest receivers in Michigan history, but doesn’t figure to be drafted highly. That’s obviously because of his height. With the numbers he put up, if he had a typical receiver size he’d be a first round lock. But he proved at Michigan that he plays much taller than his 5’8″ frame and could still be a dangerous weapon in the right offense as a slot receiver.

What they’re saying

Kiper thought Gallon performed well at the Combine:

“Ran better than I thought he would, showed 4.5, 4.6 speed (in games),” Kiper said. “He was caught from behind in several of the games I watched, but he ran great (at the combine). A kid with that size, a slot receiver, could be an early day-three pick.”

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe lists Gallon among his top specialists:

Small frame will drop him down draft despite big senior season (1,373 receiving yards, nine TDs) but returned kickoffs and punts at Michigan to help his value.

ESPN ranks Gallon as the 45th-best receiver available.

CBSSports.com ranks Gallon as the 58th-best receiver and 465th-best prospect overall.

WEEI.com football writer Christopher Price has Gallon as a “sleeper for Patriots fans to focus on”:

The Patriots made the pilgrimage out to Ann Arbor in March to work out the undersized (5-foot-8, 187-pound) Gallon, who put up impressive numbers over the last two years with the Wolverines, including 89 catches for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. (He had 184 yards against Notre Dame and 369 yards on 14 receptions against Indiana.) He also posted good numbers as a return man, compiling 589 yards on 27 kick returns in 2010, and 192 yards on 31 punt returns in 2011. There are some questions as to whether or not he’ll hold up because of his size, but could project nicely as a slot receiver at the next level if he proves to be durable, and the fact that LeGarrette Blount has departed as a free agent means the Patriots could be in the market for a returner.

History

Michigan has had 26 receivers selected since the common draft began in 1967. The last Michigan receiver to be drafted was Junior Hemingway, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2012 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to that, Michigan had gone three years without a receiver being drafted after having five taken in the four drafts from 2005-08. The highest receiver Michigan has ever had drafted was Braylon Edwards, who was selected third overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2005.

College football all-star games preview (Week 1)

Friday, January 18th, 2013


With the college football season over and next year’s freshmen getting ready to submit their letters of intent, the departing seniors get one last moment to shine in the winged helmet before heading to the NFL. Five Wolverines will take the field over the next two weekends along with the top seniors from around the country to give NFL scouts one more on-field look before February’s NFL Scouting Combine. Some will be looking to simply secure a draft spot. Others will be trying to improve their standing. Still others will be attempting to show they can improve their stock by switching positions. Let’s take a look at the games and the Michigan stars who will be competing in them.

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 | 3pm EST
Raycom All-Star Classic | Montgomery, Ala. | CBS Sports

This year marks the first Raycom All-Star Classic, which was created to give more college football seniors a chance to participate in an end-of-season all-star game. It will be held at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. and will feature the Stripes team, coached by former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Reeves, and the Stars team, coached by former NFL coach Jim Bates. 

Receiver Roy Rountree will suit up for the Stripes team hoping to prove to NFL scouts that he’s worthy of a draft pick. He put up a productive career at Michigan, finishing sixth in career receiving yards, just six yards behind Mario Manningham and 13 behind David Terrell. He also has some experience in stripes, catching the game-winning pass to beat Notre Dame in the Under the Lights game last season.

NFLDraftScout.com ranks Roundtree the 44th-best receiver in the Draft and the 999th overall prospect, which may not be enough to get drafted. But with a good performance on Saturday and in Michigan’s pro day or the Combine, he could prove capable of being a dependable possession receiver like former Michigan receiver Jason Avant has been for the Philadelphia Eagles. Roundtree will wear No. 89 in the game, rather than his familiar No. 21 (or 12).

Other players of note in the game are: Iowa QB James Vandenberg (Stripes), Purdue QB Robert Marve (Stripes), Alabama DLs Quinton Dial and Damion Square (Stripes), LSU WR Russell Shepard (Stars), and Notre Dame WR Robby Toma (Stars).

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Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 | 4pm EST
East-West Shrine Game | St. Petersburg, Fla. | NFL Network

The East-West Shrine Game has been in existence since 1925, benefiting the Shriners Hospitals for Children. As the longest-running college football all-star game, it typically draws a solid group of players, and 246 former players from the game are currently on NFL rosters. The East team is coached by former NFL and college coach Jerry Glanville, while the West team will be headed by former Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Leeman Bennett. 

Will Campbell never really lived up to the hype he arrived in Ann Arbor with, but became a senior leader this past season and helped solidify Michigan’s defensive line that entered the season full of questions. He earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors from the media and finished his career with 63 tackles, five for loss, and three sacks.

In order to earn a draft spot, he will have to shed the bust label with a solid performance and a good showing in the NFL Combine. By all reports, he has impressed in Shrine Bowl practices. Draftinsider.net’s Tony Pauline described him as dominant and unstoppable. CBSSports.com ranks him as the 18th-best defensive tackle prospect and a late sixth-round pick. He will be wearing his usual No. 73 for the West team in the game.

Other notable players in the game include: Penn State LB Gerald Hodges (East), Purdue CB Josh Johnson (East), Iowa WR Kennan Davis (West), Western Michigan (and former Michigan) OL Dann O’Neill (West), Iowa CB Micah Hyde (West), Notre Dame S Zeke Motta (West), and Ohio State LB Nathan Williams (West).

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Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 | 9pm EST
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl | Carson, Calif. | ESPN2

The third and final bowl this Saturday has been around since 2006 under the name Texas vs. Nation Game and last year moved to California and sponsored by the National Football League Players Association. It’s a chance for some of the lesser-known seniors to perform one last time as a college player and impress NFL scouts. It also allows underclassmen entering the Draft to play. The American team will be coached by former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards, while the National team will be headed by former Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil. 

Elliott Mealer earned a starting spot this season as Michigan’s center after serving as a reserve offensive lineman the previous two seasons. One of the most inspirational stories of the last few years, Mealer has been a fan favorite due to the accident that resulted in the loss of his father and girlfriend and the paralyzation (and comeback) of his brother Brock. Oh yeah, and the epic beard he grew this season.

He has a lot of work to do to garner a draft pick, given that he started only one season, but he’s a hard-worker and could wind up on an NFL roster somewhere even if he goes undrafted. NFLDraftScout.com ranks him as the 65th-best guard in the draft. He will wear No. 76 for the National team on Saturday.

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Next week, we will profile the final all-star games that feature Michigan’s most well-known departing seniors, Denard Robinson and Jordan Kovacs.

Around the League – Week 8

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011


Michigan has a great tradition of sending players to the National Football League. While the pace has fallen off over the past few years, there are still plenty of former Wolverines in the League. Each week during the season, we will provide an update on how former Michigan Men fared that week.

TOM BRADYPatriots QB

Mario Manningham caught his first touchdown of the season on Sunday (photo by Julio Cortez, AP)

Last game: Went 24-of-35 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Had a passer rating of 101.8 in the Patriots’ 25-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers
Season totals: 184-of-272 (67.6%) for 2,361 yards (4th in NFL), 18 TDs (4th), 8 INTs
This week: Patriots host the New York Giants on Sunday at 4:15 EST
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CHAD HENNEDolphins QB

Last game: DNP – Our for season (shoulder)
Season totals: 64-of-112 (57.1%) for 868 yards, 4 TDs, 4 INTs

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LAMARR WOODLEYSteelers OLB
Last game: Recorded 2 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss in the Steelers’ 25-17 win over the New England Patriots
Season totals: 36 tackles, 9 sacks (5th in NFL), 7.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 passes defended, 1 INT
This week: Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens at 8:20 EST on Sunday Night Football on NBC
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MARIO MANNINGHAM - Giants WR
Last game:  Caught 6 passes for 63 yards and 1 touchdown with a long of 14 yards in the Giants’ 20-17 win over the Miami Dolphins
Season totals: 24 catches for 290 yards (48.3 ypg) and 1 touchdown
This week: at New England Patriots on Sunday at 4:15 EST
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BRAYLON EDWARDS49ers WR
Last game: Caught 4 passes for 42 yards with a long of 13 in the 49ers’ 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns
Season totals: 8 catches for 90 yards (30 ypg)
This week: at Washington Redskins on Sunday at 1 EST
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CHARLES WOODSONPackers DB

Braylon Edwards returned form injury to catch 4 passes for 42 yards on Sunday (photo by Ezra Shaw, Getty Images)

Last game: Bye Week
Season totals: 26 tackles, 5 INT (1st in NFL), 7 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
This week: at San Diego Chargers 4:15 EST

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STEVE BREASTONChiefs WR
Last game: Caught three passes for 42 yards in the Chiefs’ 23-20 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football.
Season totals: 22 catches for 335 yards (47.9 ypg), 2 TDs
This week: Chiefs host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at 1 EST

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JASON AVANT - Eagles WR

Last game: Caught 5 passes for 74 yards with a long of 24 in the Eagles’ 34-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football
Season totals: 31 catches for 412 yards (58.9 ypg)
This week: Eagles host the Chicago Bears at 8:30 EST on Monday Night Football
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TIM JAMISONTexans DE

Last game: Recorded one tackle in the Texans’ 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars
Season totals: 6 tackles, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
This week: Texans host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at 1 EST
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LEON HALL Bengals DB
Last game: Recorded 9 tackles in the Bengals’ 34-12 win over the Seattle Seahawks
Season totals: 28 tackles, 4 passes defended, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery
This week: at Tennessee Titans on Sunday at 4:05 EST
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MORGAN TRENTBengals DB
Last game: Waived by the Bengals to make room for Cedric Benson
Season totals: 6 tackles
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DAVID HARRIS - Jets LB
Last game: Bye week
Season totals: 36 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss, 3 passes defended, 1 INT, 1 TD
This week: at the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at 1 EST
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ZOLTAN MESKOPatriots P
Last game: Booted 4 punts for 168 yards (42.0 avg) with a long of 53 and 1 inside the 20 in the Patriots 25-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers
Season totals: 22 punts for 993 yards (45.1 avg), 9 inside 20
This week: Patriots host the New York Giants on Sunday at 4:15 EST
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JAMES HALLRams DE
Last game: Recorded 2 tackles in the Rams’ 31-21 upset of the New Orleans Saints
Season totals: 23 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackle-for-loss, 1 pass defended
This week: at Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at 4:15 EST
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LARRY FOOTESteelers LB
Last game: Recorded 8 tackles in the Steelers’ 25-17 win over the New England Patriots
Season totals: 30 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
This week: Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens at 8:20 EST on Sunday Night Football on NBC
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JAY FEELYCardinals K
Last game: Hit 2-of-2 Field Goals with a long of 45 yards and 3-of-3 extra points in the Cardinals’ 30-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens
Season totals: 6-for-9 FGs (Long 51), 17-for-17 XPs
This week: Cardinals host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at 4:15 EST

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ALAN BRANCHSeahawks DT
Last game: Recorded 1 tackle-for-loss in the Seahawks’ 34-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals
Season totals: 16 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
This week: at the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at 1 EST
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ADRIAN ARRINGTONSaints WR
Last game: Did not play in the Saints’ 31-21 loss to the St. Louis Rams
Season totals: 1 catch for 14 yards (4.7 ypg)
This week: Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at 1 EST
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BRANDON GRAHAMEagles DE
On PUP list with knee injury. Expected to return this week

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RYAN MUNDYSteelers S
Last game: Recorded 5 tackles in the Steelers’ 25-17 win over the New England Patriots
Season totals: 18 tackles
This week: Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens at 8:20 EST on Sunday Night Football on NBC

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PRESCOTT BURGESSRavens LB
Last game: Recorded 1 tackle in the Ravens’ 30-27 win over the Arizona Cardinals
Season totals: 3 tackles
This week: at Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:20 EST on Sunday Night Football on NBC

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STEVIE BROWNColts DB
Last game: Did not play in the Colts’ 27-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans
Season totals: 5 tackles
This week: Colts host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at 1 EST

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JEFF BACKUSLions OT
Starter
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STEVE HUTCHINSONVikings OG
Starter
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JONATHAN GOODWIN49ers OG
Starter
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DAVID BAASGiants C
Starter
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JAKE LONGDolphins OT
Starter
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JONAS MOUTONChargers LB
On injured reserve. Has not played yet this season
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STEPHEN SCHILLINGChargers OT
Activated from the practice squat, but has not played yet this season

Around the League – Week 7

Thursday, October 27th, 2011


Michigan has a great tradition of sending players to the National Football League. While the pace has fallen off over the past few years, there are still plenty of former Wolverines in the League. Each week during the season, we will provide an update on how former Michigan Men fared that week.

Tom BradyPatriots QB

Charles Woodson celebrates one of two interceptions against the Vikings. He leads the NFL with 5 (photo by Andy King, AP)

Last game: Bye week
Season totals: 160-of-237 (67.5%) for 2,163 yards (3rd in NFL), 16 TDs (1st), 8 INTs
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Chad HenneDolphins QB

Last game: DNP – Our for season (shoulder)
Season totals: 64-of-112 (57.1%) for 868 yards, 4 TDs, 4 INTs

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LaMarr WoodleySteelers OLB
Last game: 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss
Season totals: 34 tackles, 7 sacks (5th in NFL), 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 passes defended, 1 INT
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Mario Manningham - Giants WR
Last game:  Bye week
Season totals: 18 catches for 227 yards (45.4 ypg)
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Braylon Edwards49ers WR
Last game: DNP – out for season (knee)
Season totals: 4 catches for 48 yards (24 ypg)
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Charles WoodsonPackers DB
Last game: 4 tackles, 2 INT, 3 passes defended
Season totals: 26 tackles, 5 INT (1st in NFL), 7 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
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Steve BreastonChiefs WR
Last game: 5 catches for 64 yards
Season totals: 19 catches for 293 yards (48.8 ypg), 2 TDs

The Rams lost 34-7 to the Cowboys, but James Hall sacked Tony Romo (photo by Brandon Wade, AP)

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Jason Avant - Eagles WR

Last game: Bye week
Season totals: 26 catches for 338 yards (56.3 ypg)
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Tim JamisonTexans DE

Last game: Did not record a stat
Season totals: 5 tackles, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
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Leon Hall Bengals DB
Last game: Bye week
Season totals: 19 tackles, 4 passes defended, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery
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Morgan TrentBengals DB
Last game: Bye week
Season totals: 6 tackles
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David Harris - Jets LB
Last game: 3 tackles
Season totals: 36 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss, 3 passes defended, 1 INT, 1 TD
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Zoltan MeskoPatriots P
Last game: Bye week
Season totals: 18 punts for 825 yards (45.8 avg), 8 inside 20
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James HallRams DE
Last game: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
Season totals: 21 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackle-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Larry FooteSteelers LB
Last game: 3 tackles
Season totals: 22 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
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Jay FeelyCardinals K
Last game: 0-for-0 FGs, 2-for-2 XPs
Season totals: 4-for-7 FGs (Long 51), 14-for-14 XPs

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Alan BranchSeahawks DT
Last game: 1 tackle
Season totals: 15 tackles, 1 sack
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Adrian ArringtonSaints WR
Last game: DNP
Season totals: 1 catch for 14 yards (4.7 ypg)
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Brandon GrahamEagles DE
On PUP list with knee injury. Expected to return this week

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Ryan MundySteelers S
Last game: 1 tackle
Season totals: 13 tackles

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Prescott BurgessRavens LB
Last game: 2 tackles
Season totals: 2 tackles

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Stevie BrownColts DB
Last game: Did not record a stat
Season totals: 5 tackles

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Jeff BackusLions OT
Starter
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Steve HutchinsonVikings OG
Starter
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Jonathan Goodwin49ers OG
Starter
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David BaasGiants C
Starter
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Jake LongDolphins OT
Starter
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Jonas MoutonChargers LB
On injured reserve
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Stephen SchillingChargers OT
DNP (On practice squad)
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Donovan WarrenLions DB
DNP (On practice squad)
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Brandon MinorBroncos RB
DNP (On injured reserve)

Around the League – Week 5

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011


[Ed: We missed last week’s Around the League, so the season totals will include that week’s stats, but the “Last game” stats will just be this past weekend’s stats].

Michigan has a great tradition of sending players to the National Football League. While the pace has fallen off over the past few years, there are still plenty of former Wolverines in the League. Each week during the season, we will provide an update on how former Michigan Men fared that week.

Tom BradyPatriots QB

LaMarr Woodley celebrates a sack of Matt Hasselbeck. He also had a half sack and an interception in the Steelers' 38-17 win over the Titans (photo by Justin K. Aller, Getty Images)

Last game: Completed 24-of-33 passes for 321 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Season totals: 133-of-196 (67.9%) for 1,874 yards (1st in NFL), 14 TDs (1st), 6 INTs
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Chad HenneDolphins QB

Last game: DNP – Our for season (shoulder)

Season totals: 64-of-112 (57.1%) for 868 yards, 4 TDs, 4 INTs
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LaMarr WoodleySteelers OLB
Last game: 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 passes defended, 1 INT
Season totals: 19 tackles, 3 sacks, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 passes defended, 1 INT
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Mario Manningham - Giants WR
Last game: 5 catches for 56 yards
Season totals: 13 catches for 171 yards (42.8 ypg)
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Braylon Edwards49ers WR
Last game: DNP – out for season (knee)
Season totals: 4 catches for 48 yards (24 ypg)
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Charles WoodsonPackers DB
Last game: 4 tackles
Season totals: 18 tackles, 3 INT (T-1st), 4 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
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Steve BreastonChiefs WR
Last game: 4 catches for 50 yards, 2 TDs
Season totals: 14 catches for 229 yards (45.8 ypg), 2 TDs
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Jason Avant - Eagles WR

Last game: 9 catches for 139 yards
Season totals: 23 catches for 310 yards (62 ypg)
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Tim JamisonTexans DE

Steve Breaston celebrates a touchdown. He caught his first two TDs of the season on Sunday (photo by John Sommers II, Getty Images)

Last game: DNP
Season totals: 3 tackles, 1 pass defended
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Leon Hall Bengals DB
Last game: 1 tackle
Season totals: 14 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery
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Morgan TrentBengals DB
Last game: Did not record a stat
Season totals: 6 tackles
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David Harris - Jets LB
Last game: 9 tackles, 1 sack
Season totals: 31 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss, 2 passes defended, 1 INT, 1 TD
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Zoltan MeskoPatriots P
Last game: 4 punts for 205 yards (51.3 avg), 1 inside 20
Season totals: 16 punts for 729 yards (45.6 avg), 7 inside 20
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James HallRams DE
Last game: Bye week
Season totals: 12 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackle-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Larry FooteSteelers LB
Last game: 1 tackle
Season totals: 14 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
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Jay FeelyCardinals K
Last game: 1-for-1 FGs, 1-for-1 XPs
Season totals: 4-for-7 FGs (Long 51), 12-for-12 XPs

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Alan BranchSeahawks DT
Last game: 3 tackles, 1 sack
Season totals: 14 tackles, 1 sack
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Adrian ArringtonSaints WR
Last game: DNP
Season totals: 1 catch for 14 yards (4.7 ypg)
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Brandon GrahamEagles DE
On PUP list with knee injury. Expected to return in Week 7
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Jeff BackusLions OT
Starter
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Steve HutchinsonVikings OG
Starter
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Jonathan Goodwin49ers OG
Starter
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David BaasGiants C
Starter
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Jake LongDolphins OT
Starter
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Jonas MoutonChargers LB
On injured reserve
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Stephen SchillingChargers OT
DNP (On practice squad)
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Donovan WarrenLions DB
DNP (On practice squad)
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Brandon MinorBroncos RB
DNP (On injured reserve)

Around the League – Week 3

Thursday, September 29th, 2011


Michigan has a great tradition of sending players to the National Football League. While the pace has fallen off over the past few years, there are still plenty of former Wolverines in the League. Each week during the season, we will provide an update on how former Michigan Men fared that week.

Tom BradyPatriots QB
Last game: Completed 30-of-45 passes for 387 yards, 4 TDs, 4 INTs
Season totals: 93-of-133 (69.9%) for 1,327 yards (1st in NFL), 11 TDs (1st), 5 INTs
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Chad HenneDolphins QB

Henne had a good game despite the Dolphins 17-16 loss to Cleveland (photo by Matt Sullivan, Getty Images)

Last game: Completed 19-of-29 passes for 255 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; Rushed 4 times for 26 yards

Season totals: 61-of-108 (56.5%) for 841 yards (14th), 4 TDs, 3 INTs
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LaMarr WoodleySteelers OLB
Last game: 5 tackles
Season totals: 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Mario Manningham - Giants WR
Last game: DNP (concussion)
Season totals: 7 catches for 105 yards (52.5 ypg)
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Braylon Edwards49ers WR
Last game: DNP (knee)
Season totals: 4 catches for 48 yards (24 ypg)
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Charles WoodsonPackers DB
Last game: 3 tackles
Season totals: 10 tackles, 2 INT (T-3rd), 3 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery
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Steve BreastonChiefs WR
Last game: 3 catches for 55 yards
Season totals: 6 catches for 88 yards (29.3 ypg)
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Jason Avant - Eagles WR

Last game: 4 catches for 33 yards
Season totals: 8 catches for 102 yards (34 ypg)
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Tim JamisonTexans DE
Last game: 1 pass defended
Season totals: 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defended
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Leon Hall Bengals DB
Last game: 4 tackles
Season totals: 6 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery
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Morgan TrentBengals DB
Last game: 1 tackle
Season totals: 1 tackle
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David Harris - Jets LB
Last game: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles-for-loss
Season totals: 15 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Zoltan MeskoPatriots P
Last game: 3 punts for 140 yards (46.7 avg), 2 inside 20
Season totals: 9 punts for 377 yards (41.9 avg), 4 inside 20
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James HallRams DE
Last game: 1 tackle
Season totals: 7 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackle-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Larry FooteSteelers LB
Last game: 3 tackles
Season totals: 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
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Jay FeelyCardinals K
Last game: 1-for-3 FGs, 1-for-1 XPs
Season totals: 1-for-4 FGs (Long 44), 8-for-8 XPs

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Alan BranchSeahawks DT
Last game: 4 tackles
Season totals: 9 tackles
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Adrian ArringtonSaints WR
Last game: Did not record a stat
Season totals: 1 catch for 14 yards (4.7 ypg)
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Brandon GrahamEagles DE
On PUP list with knee injury. Expected to return in Week 7
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Jeff BackusLions OT
Starter
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Steve HutchinsonVikings OG
Starter
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Jonathan Goodwin49ers OG
Starter
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David BaasGiants C
Starter
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Jake LongDolphins OT
Starter
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Jonas MoutonChargers LB
On injured reserve
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Stephen SchillingChargers OT
DNP (On practice squad)
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Donovan WarrenLions DB
DNP (On practice squad)
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Brandon MinorBroncos RB
DNP (On injured reserve)

Around the League – Week 2

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011


Michigan has a great tradition of sending players to the National Football League. While the pace has fallen off over the past few years, there are still plenty of former Wolverines in the League. Each week during the season, we will provide an update on how former Michigan Men fared that week.

Woodson had a monster game against Carolina, picking off two passes and recovering a fumble (Photo by Streeter Lecka, Getty Images)

Tom BradyPatriots QB
Last game: Completed 31-of-40 passes for 423 yards, 3 TDs
Season totals: 63-of-88 for 940 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT
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Chad HenneDolphins QB
Last game: Completed 12-of-30 passes for 170 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; Rushed 3 times for 26 yards

Season totals: 42-of-79 (53.2%) for 586 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
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LaMarr WoodleySteelers OLB
Last game: 3 tackles, .5 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
Season totals: 6 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Mario Manningham - Giants WR
Last game: 3 catches for 56 yards
Season totals: 7 catches for 105 yards (52.5/game)
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Braylon Edwards49ers WR
Last game: 1 catch for 21 yards
Season totals: 4 catches for 48 yards (24/game)
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Charles WoodsonPackers DB
Last game: 5 tackles, 2 INT, 1 fumble recovery
Season totals: 7 tackles, 2 INT, 3 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery
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Steve BreastonChiefs WR
Last game: 1 catch for 7 yards
Season totals: 3 catches for 33 yards (16.5/game)
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Jason Avant - Eagles WR

Tom Brady leads all NFL quarterbacks with 940 passing yards through two games (photo by Jim Rogash, Getty Images)

Last game: 1 catch for 29 yards
Season totals: 4 catches for 69 yards
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Tim JamisonTexans DE
Last game: Did not record a stat
Season totals: 1 assisted tackle
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Leon Hall Bengals DB
Last game: 1 fumble recovery
Season totals: 2 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery
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Morgan TrentBengals DB
Last game: Did not record a stat
Season totals: Has not recorded a stat
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David Harris - Jets LB
Last game: 4 tackles, 1 pass defended
Season totals: 11 tackles, 1 pass defended
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Zoltan MeskoPatriots P
Last game: 2 punts for 85 yards (42.5 avg), 1 inside 20
Season totals: 6 punts for 237 yards (39.5 avg), 1 touchback, 2 inside 20
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James HallRams DE
Last game: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
Season totals: 6 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackle-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Larry FooteSteelers LB
Last game: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
Season totals: 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
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Jay FeelyCardinals K
Last game: 0-for-0 FGs, 3-for-3 XPs
Season totals: 0-for-1 FGs, 7-for-7 XPs

Larry Foote had a solid game in helping the Steelers shut out the Seahawks (Photo by Gene J. Puskar, AP)

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Alan BranchSeahawks DT
Last game: 4 tackles
Season totals: 5 tackles
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Adrian ArringtonSaints WR
Last game: 1 catch for 14 yards
Season totals: 1 catch for 14 yards (7/game)
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Brandon GrahamEagles DE
On PUP list with knee injury. Expected to return in Week 7
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Jeff BackusLions OT
Starter
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Steve HutchinsonVikings OG
Starter
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Jonathan Goodwin49ers OG
Starter
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David BaasGiants C
Starter
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Jake LongDolphins OT
Starter
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Jonas MoutonChargers LB
On injured reserve
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Stephen SchillingChargers OT
DNP (On practice squad)
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Donovan WarrenLions DB
DNP (On practice squad)
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Brandon MinorBroncos RB
DNP (On injured reserve)