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Badgers in the NFL: Week 7

Alex Erickson has a career day, Ryan Ramczyk continues to dominate and David Edwards gets his first NFL start.

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  • Russell Wilson, QB (Seahawks): Wilson had his worst game of the season in Week 7. The eight year veteran completed less than 50% of his passes for 241 yards and threw a momentum-shifting pick six in the second quarter. It was a rare off-day for Wilson, who will look to bounce back with a favorable matchup against the Falcons this weekend.
  • James White, RB (Patriots): White finished with a team-high 59 receiving yards on seven catches in the Patriots’ win over the Jets on Monday night. The former Super Bowl hero also got five carries but gained zero yards.
  • Melvin Gordon, RB (Chargers): Gordon had himself a rough day on Sunday. The former Pro Bowler, fumbled at the one yard line with 15 seconds left as he was going in for the game-winning score. To make matters worse, Gordon struggled throughout the game before his costly fumble. He finished with just 32 rushing yards on 16 carries, but he did score his first touchdown of the season on a one yard catch in the second quarter. Through three games, Gordon is averaging a pedestrian 2.25 rushing yards per attempt.
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Buccaneers): The Buccaneers had a bye in Week 7.
  • Derek Watt, FB (Chargers): Watt had his lowest offensive snap count of the season in Week 7, playing just five snaps at fullback. He continues to be a mainstay on the Chargers’ special teams units though, playing 71% of special teams snaps.
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): The third year right tackle is well on his way to becoming a First Team All-Pro selection this season. Through seven games, Ramczyk has allowed zero sacks and shutdown elite pass rushers J.J. Watt, Demarcus Lawrence, Jadeveon Clowney and Shaq Barrett. Chicago’s Khalil Mack was Ramczyk’s latest victim as he did not earn a single quarterback pressure in Week 7.
  • Rob Havenstein, OT (Rams): Havenstein once again started at right tackle and played every offensive snap in the Rams’ win over the Falcons.
  • Rick Wagner, OT (Lions): For the sixth straight game, Wagner started at right tackle and played 100% of offensive snaps for the Lions.
  • Kevin Zeitler, OG (Giants): Zeitler started his seventh straight game at right guard and played all 71 offensive snaps for the Giants.
  • Travis Frederick, C (Cowboys): Frederick started at center and played every offensive snap for the Cowboys in Week 7.
  • Ryan Groy, C (Chargers): Groy saw his first game action of the season, playing just one snap in the Chargers’ Week 7 loss to the Titans. The six year veteran could be in line for an increased role after a season-ending injury to starting guard Forrest Lamp.
  • Lance Kendricks, TE (Chargers): Kendricks played just two offensive snaps in the Chargers’ loss to the Titans.
  • Troy Fumagalli, TE (Broncos): For the fourth straight week, Fumagalli was a healthy inactive for the Broncos.
  • Alex Erickson, WR (Bengals): Erickson exploded in Week 7 for eight catches and 137 receiving yards on 14 targets. It was Erickson’s best game of his young career and he has clearly earned the trust of quarterback Andy Dalton. With fellow wide receiver A.J. Green unlikely to return from injury this weekend, Erickson should continue to draw heavy targets for Cincinnati.
  • J.J. Watt, DE (Texans): Watt had three tackles and six quarterback hits in Houston’s loss to the Colts. It was the second straight game that Watt failed to record a sack.
  • Beau Allen, DT (Buccaneers): The Buccaneers had a bye in Week 7.
  • Joe Schobert, LB (Browns): The Browns had a bye in Week 7.
  • T.J. Watt, LB (Steelers): The Steelers had a bye in Week 7.
  • Vince Biegel, LB (Dolphins): Biegel played 61% of defensive snaps and finished with five tackles and a sack in Miami’s loss to the Bills. The third year pro has been one of a few bright spots for the tanking Dolphins through seven weeks.
  • Leon Jacobs, LB (Jaguars): Jacobs played just four defensive snaps, his lowest total of the season, before leaving the game with a hamstring injury.
  • Natrell Jamerson, DB (Panthers): The Panthers had a bye in Week 7.


  • Michael Deiter, OG (Dolphins): Deiter started at left guard for the sixth straight game and has now played every offensive snap for the Dolphins this season.
  • Alec Ingold, FB (Raiders): It was a homecoming for Ingold on Sunday, as the Green Bay native returned home to play against the Packers. The undrafted rookie saw 16 offensive snaps at fullback in Oakland’s 42-24 loss at Lambeau Field.
  • David Edwards, OG (Rams): The fifth round pick started his first NFL game on Sunday and played every offensive snap at left guard. With the Rams struggling to protect quarterback Jared Goff, Edwards has a good opportunity to secure a starting spot going forward in place of injured starter Joseph Noteboom.
  • T.J. Edwards, LB (Eagles): Edwards played 22 snaps at linebacker in Week 7, his highest defensive snap count of the season. He finished with two tackles and also played 60% of special teams snaps.