Wolverine recruiting report: Top-ranked prospect from Michigan’s last 10 classes
In the Wolverines’ past 10 classes, the top-rated recruit has been a five-star recruit who ranked among the top 30 prospects nationally. 27 overallThe five-star recruit from Richmond (Va.) Hermitage was one of six top-100 prospects in Michigan’s class, which ranked No. That Wolverines class produced six NFL draft picks, but none of them were top-100 recruits, including Green. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, the five-star recruit is expected to compete for playing time right away in Michigan’s secondary. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Michigan football’s first-round NFL draft picks of the last decade
Hutchinson and potentially Hill and Ojabo will be joining these former Wolverines as first-round picks in the last 10 years if they hear their names called Thursday. 25 overall in 2017, Cleveland BrownsPeppers was the first of a program-record 11 Wolverines selected in the 2017 draft. The 5-foot-11, 215-pounder was limited to six games last season after suffering a ruptured ACL and a high-ankle sprain. His 9 1/2 sacks were good for 18th in the NFLIn Gary’s first two seasons combined, he had 56 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks. 2 pick in NFL draftThe defensive back Michigan’s waiting on to break out: ‘He should be a starter’Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Looking ahead: Detroit Lions draw NFC’s top-seeded, division-winning Green Bay Packers in season finale
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions (2-13-1) are looking to end Dan Campbell’s first season in the big chair on a high note, drawing the Green Bay Packers (13-3) in Week 18 action from Ford Field. He’s averaging 298.5 passing yards per game with three touchdowns during that span, rocking 9.87 yards per attempt. “A lot of times it goes to the best player on the best team, and we’re the best team,” Rodgers said of his MVP prospects. Detroit remains one of the better teams against the spread heading into the finale, rocking a 10-6 record in that department. Series history: The Packers lead the all-time series 105-72-7, winning five straight:2021 -- Packers 35, Lions 172020 -- Packers 31, Lions 242020 -- Packers 42, Lions 212019 -- Packers 23, Lions 202019 -- Packers 23, Lions 22mlive.com
Wolverines in the NFL: Rashan Gary stays red-hot
Green Bay Packers OLB Rashan GaryThe 2019 first-round pick is having a breakout season. Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan LewisLewis, a third-round pick in 2017, recorded five tackles in a 25-22 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Los Angeles Rams CB David LongThe 2019 third-round pick had two tackles in a 20-19 win over the Baltimore Ravens. New England Patriots DE Chase WinovichThe 2019 third-round pick had three tackles in a 50-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Mayfield makes too many mistakes in return from COVID list
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw a career-high four interceptions in his first game since returning from the reserve/COVID-19 list as the Browns’ fading playoff hopes took another hit with a 24-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.
Wolverines in the NFL: Jourdan Lewis sets new career high in interceptions
He has 66 tackles, four pass breakups and two sacks in 13 games this season. Lewis also had a tackle and five pass breakups. He has 53 tackles, 12 pass breakups and a career-high three interceptions this year. Los Angeles Rams CB David LongLong, a 2017 third-round pick, recorded two tackles in a 20-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Steelers DL Chris WormleyThe 2017 third-round pick’s career season continued with another strong performance against Tennessee, recording five tackles and a sack.mlive.com
Wolverines in the NFL: Strong games for WRs, another record for Tom Brady
Brady also broke Drew Brees’ all-time completions record by going 31-of-46 passing for 363 yards and two touchdowns. Steelers DE Taco CharltonThe 2017 first-round pick had a season-high four tackles and a quarterback hit in the loss to Minnesota. Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan LewisLewis, a 2017 third-round pick, had six tackles, a forced fumble and a recovery in a 27-20 win over the Washington Football Team. Steelers DL Chris WormleyWormley, a 2017 third-round pick, had two tackles and two quarterback hits against the Vikings. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Wolverines in the NFL: Rashan Gary strips Stafford, first TD catch for Sean McKeon
Brady leads the NFL with 30 touchdowns but also has thrown six of his nine interceptions this season in the past four games. Pittsburgh Steelers LB Devin BushThe 2019 first-round pick had four tackles in a 41-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Houston Texans WR Nico CollinsThe rookie third-round pick caught two of five targets for 28 yards in a 21-14 loss to the New York Jets. Cowboys TE Sean McKeonMcKeon, who went undrafted in 2020, caught his first career touchdown pass in the loss to the Raiders. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Wolverines in the NFL: Career firsts for Kwity Paye, Sean McKeon, Jarrod Wilson
The 2017 third-round pick also had three pass breakups. Los Angeles Rams CB David LongThe 2017 third-round pick had three tackles in a 31-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. New York Jets S Jarrod WilsonThe sixth-year pro recorded his first career sack in a 45-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Steelers DL Chris WormleyThe 2017 third-round pick had three tackles against the Lions. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Wolverines in the NFL: Big weeks for Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashan Gary
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Devin BushThe 2019 first-round pick had two tackles and a pass breakup in Monday night’s 29-27 win over the Chicago Bears. He was a first-round pick in 2017. Packers OLB Rashan GaryThe 2019 first-round pick has 4 1/5 sacks this season after recording one against the Chiefs. Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan LewisThe 2017 third-round pick earned his second straight start and teamed up for a sack in a 30-16 loss to the Denver Broncos. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
NFC North roundup: Green Bay Packers in full control after sixth straight win in Week 7
ALLEN PARK -- The Green Bay Packers are in full control of the NFC North through seven weeks, winning six games in a row, erasing the team’s ugly start to the season in a hurry. While it was certainly clean, this win was all about Aaron Rodgers and the passing attack, not to mention an impressive defensive showing. Chicago BearsTom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throttled the Bears 38-3 last week. Detroit LionsThe Detroit Lions dumped their bag of tricks on the table to hang with Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams. Parker is third cornerback they’ve lost to serious injuryNFC NORTH STANDINGSGreen Bay Packers -- 6-1 Next: at Arizona Cardinals (Thursday night)Minnesota Vikings -- 3-3 Next: vs. Dallas CowboysChicago Bears -- 3-4 Next: vs. San Francisco 49ersDetroit Lions -- 0-7 Next: vs. Philadelphia Eaglesmlive.com
Wolverines in the NFL Week 7: Tom Brady reaches another milestone
With six NFL teams on bye in Week 7, several notable former Michigan Wolverines were not in action. Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom BradyAnother week, another strong performance from the 44-year-old. Brady leads the NFL in passing yards (2,275) and touchdowns (21). New England Patriots OLB Josh UcheThe rookie second-round pick recovered a fumble in a 54-13 win over the New York Jets. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Wolverines in the NFL: Donovan Peoples-Jones with two-TD game
Brady has passed for 2,064 yards this season and is second in the NFL with 17 touchdowns passes. Green Bay Packers OLB Rashan GaryThe 2019 first-round pick had four tackles and a quarterback hit in a 24-14 win over the Chicago Bears. Steelers DL Chris WormleyThe 2017 third-round pick had his best game as a Steeler, recording a season-high five tackles, including ½ sack. He also had a quarterback hit and pass breakup. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Grosse Pointe South 5-star CB Will Johnson commits to Michigan football
The top-ranked 2022 prospect in Michigan is staying in state. Grosse Pointe South five-star cornerback Will Johnson announced his verbal commitment to Michigan on Sunday in a post on social media. 5 cornerback, per 247Sports’ Composite rankings, is the highest-ranked player from Michigan since Lamarr Woodley in 2003. Johnson, whose father also was a cornerback for Michigan in the 1990s, becomes the Wolverines’ top-ranked recruit since defensive lineman Rashan Gary in 2016. “Has length, but is also filled in and looks like a prototypical outside cornerback prospect.mlive.com
Wolverines in the NFL: Tom Brady heads to 10th Super Bowl
Tom Brady is headed to his 10th Super Bowl. The 43-year-old was one of seven former Michigan players on a conference championship rosters and is one of four who are advancing to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida. Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom BradyDespite throwing three interceptions in the second half, Brady and the Buccaneers were able to hold on for a 31-26 victory over the NFC No. Brady will aim for his seventh Super Bowl title and his first with Tampa Bay. Sign up for insight on the Wolverines for $4.99 a month (with a 60-day free trial) by texting 734-215-6605.mlive.com
Wolverines in the NFL: Tom Brady becomes oldest NFL player to throw postseason TD pass
Washington Football Team LB Khaleke HudsonThe rookie fifth-round pick did not play on defense in Saturday’s loss but made two tackles on special teams. Indianapolis Colts LB Jordan GlasgowGlasgow, a 2020 sixth-round pick, played on special teams in Saturday’s 27-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills but did not record any stats. Los Angeles Rams CB David LongThe 2019 third-round pick played on special teams against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday but did not record any stats. Steelers DT Chris WormleyThe 2017 third-round pick played 24 percent of defensive snaps against the Browns but did not record any stats. Sign up for insight on the Wolverines for $4.99 a month (with a 60-day free trial) by texting 734-215-6605.mlive.com
Wolverines in the NFL Week 17: Chad Henne starts for first time since 2014
Below are the most notable performances involving ex-Michigan players in Week 17 of the NFL season. He completed 26 of 41 passes for 399 yards, four touchdowns and in interception in a 44-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Brady finishes the season with 40 touchdown passes while also adding three on the ground. 1 seed in Week 16, head coach Andy Reid rested Patrick Mahomes on Sunday, giving Chad Henne his first start since 2014. Gary finishes the season with 34 tackles and five sacks for the 13-3 Packers, who earned the No.mlive.com
Wolverines in the NFL Week 16: Tom Brady dominates Lions, 3 players record sacks
Here are the most notable performances involving ex-Michigan players in Week 16 of the NFL season. Saturday was the second time Brady finished with a perfect passing rating of 158.3, becoming the first quarterback to do it twice against the Lions. The 43-year-old is fifth in the NFL with 4,234 passing yards and fourth with 36 touchdown passes. Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan LewisThe 2017 third-round pick recorded a sack for the second straight game in Sunday’s win over the Eagles. New York Giants safety Jabrill PeppersPeppers recorded six tackles in a 27-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.mlive.com
Wolverines in the NFL Week 15: Brady leads 2nd-half comeback, Khaleke Hudson makes 1st start
Here are the most notable performances involving ex-Michigan players in Week 15 of the NFL season. Brady is fifth in the NFL with 3,886 passing yards, while his 32 touchdown passes ranks fourth. Green Bay Packers OLB Rashan GaryGary had three tackles and a quarterback hit in Saturday’s 24-16 win over the Carolina Panthers. The 2018 fifth-round pick had three tackles and a quarterback hit in a 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday. Jacksonville Jaguars safety Jarrod WilsonWilson had a season-high 10 tackles in Sunday’s 40-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.mlive.com
Packers outlast Panthers 24-16 for 4th straight victory
Aaron Rodgers threw for a season-low 143 yards but produced a touchdown pass – his 40th of the season – and a touchdown run for the Packers. Green Bay (11-3) won its fourth straight and took a half-game lead over New Orleans (10-3) in the race for the NFC’s best record. Mason Crosby gave the Packers some breathing room with a 51-yard field goal with 3:39 left, but the Panthers wouldn't go away. The strategy didn't work then Green Bay stopped Carolina on its final possession. Green Bay hosts Tennessee in another night game on Dec. 27.
Wolverines in the NFL: Rashan Gary heating up, Brandon Graham makes Eagles history
Green Bay Packers OLB Rashan GaryThe 2019 first-round pick is heating up for the 10-3 Packers. Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon GrahamThe 2010 first-round pick appeared in his 156th career game with the Eagles on Sunday, setting a franchise record for most games played. Get Wolverine Confidential texts straight to your phone from our Michigan football writers. MORE: Michigan football back practicing, with plans to play Iowa‘Negative recruiting’ won’t stop at Michigan until resolution on Harbaugh’s future, ESPN analyst saysWhy is 6th-place Michigan playing 2nd-place Iowa in Big Ten football’s final week? What to expect from Michigan football during early signing periodPotential fireworks during early signing period?mlive.com
Rodgers-led Packers beat Lions 31-24, clinch NFC North title
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Detroit. Rodgers ran for a tiebreaking score in the third quarter and threw three touchdown passes, lifting the Green Bay Packers to a 31-24 win over the the Detroit Lions to clinch the NFC North title. “To have the whole thing come through Green Bay is something we’ve talked about for a long time," Rodgers said. “That would definitely be in our favor with the weather that we have in Green Bay. Green Bay repeated as division champion with its win and Minnesota’s loss to Tampa Bay earlier in the day.
The Latest: Steelers get AFC berth, Packers clinch NFC North
The Chargers and Falcons are tied at 17 midway through the fourth quarter. Kenny Moore also starred for the Colts with a spectacular one-handed, diving end-zone interception in the second quarter. Adams didn’t do much other than run the scrambling Darnold to the sideline midway through the second quarter. Seattle took its opening possession and got 19-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Freddie Swain. Mack also recovered a Duke Johnson fumble in the first quarter and deflected a Watson pass in the second quarter.
Wolverines in the NFL Week 10: Josh Metellus makes big play on special teams
Below are the top performances from ex-Michigan players in Week 10 of the NFL season. Brady completed 28 of 39 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s 46-23 win over the Carolina Panthers. Cleveland Browns WR Donovan Peoples-JonesThe rookie sixth-round pick made his first two catches since Week 7 in Sunday’s 10-7 win over the Houston Texans. Jaguars safety Jarrod WilsonWilson tied a season-high with five tackles in Sunday’s loss to the Packers. New England Patriots DE Chase WinovichThe 2019 third-round pick had a season-high seven tackles in New England’s 23-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens.mlive.com
Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson already drawing attention from opponents
If Saturday’s opener is any indication, opponents are going to be placing extra attention on Aidan Hutchinson this season. The Michigan defensive end, whose lean frame and extraordinary athletic ability make him difficult to match up with, drew extra blockers throughout the Wolverines' 49-24 win over Minnesota. Hutchinson chuckled Monday when compared to former Michigan first-round pick Rashan Gary, who received similar treatment in 2018. “Yeah, yeah, it certainly felt like it was holding — holding every play from their offensive line,” Hutchinson said. “I definitely felt the double teams on Saturday too.”Hutchinson was often the Michigan defensive lineman doubled up on when the Wolverines went to a three-man front.mlive.com
Rodgers, Tonyan lead Packers to 30-16 victory over Falcons
Tonyan caught three of Aaron Rodgers’ four touchdown passes, Za'Darius Smith recorded three sacks and the Packers remained unbeaten with a 30-16 victory over the winless Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. “I just had to continue to do what I've been doing, just keep playing well and stick to the game plan,” Tonyan said. Green Bay star receiver Davante Adams sat out a second straight game with a hamstring injury and Allen Lazard is on injured reserve with a core problem. Tonyan has scored in three straight games and now has five touchdown catches to match Tampa Bay's Mike Evans for the NFL lead. Defensive tackle Kenny Clark (groin) missed a third straight game.
Jones' big day helps Packers beat Lions 42-21 in home opener
Jones rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard breakaway, as the Green Bay Packers rallied from an early 11-point deficit to beat the Detroit Lions 42-21 on Sunday. After his first touchdown of the day, a 7-yard reception from Aaron Rodgers, Jones did a different kind of Lambeau Leap. Rodgers was 18 of 30 for 240 yards with touchdown passes to Jones and Robert Tonyan. Green Bay took the lead for good 17-14 on Rodgers’ 11-yard pass to Tonyan with 14 seconds left in the second quarter. Packers receiver Davante Adams (hamstring), center Corey Linsley (hand) and running back/receiver Tyler Ervin (concussion) left in the second half.
4 questions that could shape the 2019 Michigan football season
After losing Chase Winovich, Rashan Gary, Devin Bush and David Long this season, Michigan is hoping for similar results. Kwity Paye #19 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to sack Peyton Ramsey #12 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Yes, Michigan needed to make major changes in the offense. Michigan needed to address each of these issues, and it did so with the home run hire of Josh Gattis. Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis (Michigan Football/@UMichFootball)Gattis needs to be good, and it needs to be immediate.