ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tom Brady didn’t have the most remarkable start to the NFL season.
The New England Patriots quarterback easily is the most productive and most successful Michigan football alumnus playing in the NFL, but he was 16 for 36 passing for 237 yards in a 42-27 loss to Kansas City on Sept. 7 in Foxborough, Mass.
However, several others carried the Block M flag for the Wolverines during opening weekend. Michigan has more than 30 players on NFL rosters or with practice squads this season, including 11 players who were drafted in April.
Week 2 of the NFL season opens at 8:25 p.m. ET Thursday when Cincinnati hosts Houston. Here are three former Michigan players who had standout season openers:
S Jabrill Peppers, Cleveland Browns
Jabrill Peppers, a first-round pick in April, had a strong NFL debut in Cleveland’s 21-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. The safety had a fumble recovery, made 4 tackles and had 3 punt returns for 25 yards.
— Dave Andersen (@CLEvideos) September 10, 2017
Peppers and the Browns play at 1 p.m. Sunday at Baltimore.
LB Ben Gedeon, Minnesota Vikings
Ben Gedeon earned a starting spot as Minnesota’s weak-side linebacker as a rookie. In his NFL debut, Gedeon made 2 tackles in the Vikings’ 29-19 win against the Saints.
Gedeon and the Vikings play at 1 p.m. Sunday at Pittsburgh.
LB Jake Ryan, Green Bay Packers
Jake Ryan is a third-year player who made 2 tackles in Green Bay’s 17-9 win against Seattle, helping the Packers defense limit the Seahawks to 225 yards.
Ryan and the Packers play at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Atlanta.