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Badgers in the NFL: Week 4

Joe Schobert is a tackling machine, the Watt brothers dominate and Melvin Gordon ends his holdout.


  • Russell Wilson, QB (Seahawks): Wilson was an efficient 22 for 28 through the air for 240 yards and a touchdown in Seattle’s win over the Cardinals. Oh yeah, and he also did this:
  • James White, RB (Patriots): In a low-scoring game against a great defense in the Bills, White led the Patriots in targets (10) and caught eight passes for 57 yards. He also had a single carry for one yard. This was a bad matchup for almost all of the skill position players on both teams and White should have better games as the season progresses.
  • Melvin Gordon, RB (Chargers): Melvin is back! The pro bowl running back ended his holdout and returned to the Chargers on Wednesday last week. He was active for Week 4 as an emergency back and played no snaps, but head coach Anthony Lynn assured that Gordon is still the team’s lead back once he is ready to play.
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Buccaneers): Ogunbowale played 28% of offensive snaps as the Bucs passing downs back and had one catch for seven yards. Despite playing 79 snaps through four games, Ogunbowale has only two catches but he continues to see playing time because of his solid pass protection.
  • Corey Clement, RB (Eagles): After missing Week 3 with a shoulder injury, Clement returned to play eight special teams snaps against the Packers.
  • Derek Watt, FB (Chargers): Watt played 19 offensive snaps, including a few at tight end, and finished with one catch for 21 yards in the Chargers’ win over the Dolphins.
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): Ramczyk started at right tackle against the Cowboys in Week 4 and held star defensive end Demarcus Lawrence in check. Through four weeks, Ramczyk has arguably been the best right tackle in the league.
  • Rob Havenstein, OT (Rams): Havenstein started at right tackle for the Rams and played every snap in their upset loss to the Buccaneers.
  • Rick Wagner, OT (Lions): Wagner once again started at right tackle and played all 77 offensive snaps for the Lions.
  • Kevin Zeitler, OG (Giants): For the fourth straight week, Zeitler started at right guard and played every offensive snap for the Giants.
  • Travis Frederick, C (Cowboys): Frederick started at center and played all 58 offensive snaps in Dallas’ loss to the Saints on Sunday night.
  • Lance Kendricks, TE (Chargers): After serving a one game suspension, Kendricks was released by the Patriots after being reinstated. The nine year veteran landed on his feet and was signed by the Chargers last week after an injury to their starting tight end Hunter Henry. Kendricks played 57% of offensive snaps and finished with two catches for 37 yards in Week 4. Currently the only healthy tight end on the roster, Kendricks will be relied upon heavily in the coming weeks as the Chargers await Henry’s return.
  • Troy Fumagalli, TE (Broncos): After playing the first three weeks of the season, Fumagalli was inactive for the Broncos’ loss to the Jaguars.
  • Alex Erickson, WR (Bengals): Erickson played just five snaps at wide receiver on Monday night, his lowest snap count of the season. The four year veteran also saw playing time on special teams, returning two kickoffs for 44 total yards. Erickson could see a bigger role in the offense in the coming weeks with wide receiver John Ross out with an injury. The Bengals have only four healthy receivers on their roster heading into Week 5.
  • J.J. Watt, DE (Texans): Watt was a menace against the Panthers. He finished with six tackles, two quarterback hits, and a sack. The three-time defensive player of the year also forced a fumble and then recovered it in one of the more impressive defensive plays from Sunday.
  • Beau Allen, DT (Buccaneers): Allen played 15 snaps at nose tackle and finished with one tackle in the Bucs’ upset win over the Rams.
  • Joe Schobert, LB (Browns): Schobert was all over the field for the Browns on Sunday. He finished with a career-high 17 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack in their win over the Ravens. Schobert has been exceptional to start the season and now leads the AFC in tackles through four weeks.
  • T.J. Watt, LB (Steelers): Another week, another stellar performance from T.J. Watt. He had two tackles, 1.5 sacks, three quarterback hits, and a fumble recovery in a dominating win over the Bengals.
  • Vince Biegel, LB (Dolphins): Biegel played just 11 defensive snaps at linebacker and saw 12 special teams snaps for the tanking Dolphins.
  • Jack Cichy, LB (Buccaneers): Cichy played 20 special teams snaps before exiting Sunday’s game against the Rams with an elbow injury. It looked like a pretty severe injury on the replay, but the good news is the second year pro is only expected to miss a few weeks.
  • Leon Jacobs, LB (Jaguars): Jacobs started at strong side linebacker and had one tackle, but he played just 38% of snaps, as the Jaguars mostly used five defensive backs.
  • Natrell Jamerson, DB (Panthers): Jamerson played two snaps on defense and 80% of special teams snaps in Carolina’s win over the Texans. The second year pro had one tackle, his first of the season.


  • Michael Deiter, OG (Dolphins): Deiter started his fourth straight game at left guard for the Dolphins and played all 52 offensive snaps.
  • Ryan Connelly, LB (Giants): What a bummer for Connelly. The rookie linebacker had earned a starting spot for the Giants and was on his way to a great season, when he tore his ACL against the Redskins on Sunday. Before exiting the game, Connelly had an interception for the second straight week, a sack, and five tackles.

In four games, the former walk-on proved he belonged in the NFL and hopefully he can return fully healthy in 2020.

  • Alec Ingold, FB (Raiders): Ingold saw his most playing time of the season against the Colts on Sunday. He played 25 snaps at fullback and converted a fourth down on his first carry of the season.
  • David Edwards, OT (Rams): The backup left tackle played in his fourth straight game, seeing seven special teams snaps for the Rams.
  • T.J. Edwards, LB (Eagles): Edwards continues to be a regular on the Eagles’ special teams units. He played 18 special teams snaps in Philly’s Thursday night win over the Packers.