There are just two more weeks left in the 2016 NFL season. Interested in looking back at former Badgers’ performances from the first 14 weeks? Take a look here. Looking for a complete list of former Badgers on active NFL rosters? Here you go.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback
Just four days after tossing a career-high five interceptions against the Green Bay Packers, Wilson recovered on Thursday’s win over the division rival Los Angeles Rams. While he only gained 12 rushing yards on eight carries, he completed 19 of 26 passes for 229 yards. He tossed three touchdowns, the third of which was this 57-yard bomb to Tyler Lockett:
.@DangeRussWilson ➡️ @TDLockett12.— NFL (@NFL) December 16, 2016
: NBC + NFLN #TNF #LAvsSEA https://t.co/bD0rspRPvJ
Alex Erickson, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver/returner
The undrafted rookie continues to make an impact for the Bengals. Erickson returned five kicks for a total of 165 yards, including this 72-yard return that was this close to being a touchdown:
Alex Erickson thought he was taking this to the house...— NFL (@NFL) December 18, 2016
Chris Boswell had other plans.
72-yard return! #PITvsCIN https://t.co/W06mBxU3RL
Offensive linemen update
- On Friday, The MMQB posted an interview with several former Badgers offensive linemen. Travis Frederick (Dallas Cowboys), Rick Wagner (Baltimore Ravens), Kevin Zeitler (Bengals), Rob Havenstein (Rams) and Ryan Groy (Buffalo Bills) all participated in the interview that focused on the group’s experience with Wilson at Wisconsin.
- Frederick has helped anchor what is widely considered the best offensive line in the NFL. Pro Football Focus sent out some impressive Frederick numbers after Dallas’s win on Sunday:
#DallasCowboys center Travis Frederick has not allowed a QB pressure in his last three games and hasn't allowed a sack since Week 9 of 2014. pic.twitter.com/3TulPiu1CH— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 19, 2016
- Groy once again started in place of Buffalo center Eric Wood. The Buffalo News’ Jay Skruski highlighted Groy as one of his three positive notes from the team’s 33-13 win over the Cleveland Browns this week.
Highlights and notes:
- Jacksonville Jaguars punter Brad Nortman was busy once again on Sunday. He punted six times, averaging 52.5 yards and landing one of the punts inside the 20-yard line in his team’s 21-20 loss to the Houston Texans.
- The Detroit Lions’ DeAndre Levy saw his second straight week of action and recorded eight total tackles. The Lions lost to the New York Giants 17-6 but still have a shot at the playoffs. The Detroit Free Press wrote that Levy will play a key role through the last weeks of the Lions’ season.
- Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Joe Schobert saw snaps on defense and on special teams on Sunday. He recorded five total tackles in the loss to Buffalo.
- Beau Allen and the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Ravens, but Allen recorded one half-sack and four tackles.
- Jonathan Casillas recorded three tackles for the Giants on Sunday.
- The Patriots continue to juggle their backfield, and running back James White’s workload has seen some fluctuation week to week. While his team beat the Denver Broncos, White saw just three carries for 11 yards and caught three passes for 24 yards.
- The Rams moved to 4-11 on the season as tight end Lance Kendricks caught one pass for five yards.
- San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon sat out on Sunday with a knee and hip injury. He has not been ruled out for this weekend’s matchup with the Browns.