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2022 Michigan Football Preview

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140 ■ THE WOLVERINE 2022 FOOTBALL PREVIEW Former Wolverines In The NFL BY ANTHONY BROOME Years In Name Pos. Pro Football Current Team Ben Braden OG 5 Denver Broncos Spent last season with the Green Bay Packers on the practice squad and was elevated to the active roster on Oct. 28 and Nov. 23 … Signed a contract with the Broncos on March 14. Tom Brady QB 22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Led the NFL in passing yards (5,316) and touchdowns (43) last season, which ended in an NFC divisional round loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams … Announced his retirement on Feb. 1 before revealing on March 13 that he had decided to continue playing. Ben Bredeson OG 2 New York Giants Traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the New York Giants on Aug. 31, 2021, with a 2022 fifth-round pick and 2023 seventh-round selection for a 2022 fourth- round pick. He played in eight games last season and made his first career start in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons. Devin Bush Jr. LB 3 Pittsburgh Steelers Returned from a torn ACL in 2020 to start and play in 14 games last season with the Steelers, accounting for 70 total tackles, 2 sacks, 4 passes defended, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … Pittsburgh declined his fifth-year rookie option during the offseason, making him a free agent in 2023. Taco Charlton DE 5 New Orleans Saints Released by the Kansas City Chiefs last August and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on the practice squad … Promoted to the active roster on Nov. 2 before becoming a free agent in the offseason and signing with New Orleans on April 4. Camaron Cheeseman LS 1 Washington Commanders Appeared in all 17 games last season handling the long-snapping duties for Washington after being selected in the sixth round in 2021. Frank Clark DE 7 Kansas City Chiefs Played in and started all 14 games for the Chiefs in 2021, finishing with 22 total tackles, 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Mason Cole C 4 Pittsburgh Steelers Started four games at center as a COVID replacement for Garrett Bradbury in 2021, then moved to right guard for three starts at the end of the year … Suffered an elbow injury in Week 15 and was placed on injured reserve … Signed a three- year, $15.75 million deal with Pittsburgh this offseason. Nico Collins WR 1 Houston Texans The third-round pick in 2021 finished his rookie season with 14 games played (8 starts) with 33 catches for 446 yards and 1 TD, which he grabbed in a Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Michael Danna DE 2 Kansas City Chiefs Former U-M reserve and Central Michigan transfer has played 30 games over two seasons in Kansas City … Made six starts in 17 games in 2021 with 26 total tackles, 3 sacks and 10 quarterback hits. Amara Darboh WR 6 Free Agent Currently unsigned … Previously with the Denver Broncos in June 2021 but was waived by the franchise on Aug. 6 the same year. 'M' GO PRO David Long earned a Super Bowl championship ring in his third NFL season with the Los Angeles Rams. He finished the campaign with 40 tackles and picked up his first career interception. PHOTO COURTESY LOS ANGELES RAMS

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