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Badgers in the NFL: Week 5

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Russell Wilson is incredible, Ryan Ramczyk continues to shine and Alec Ingold makes a game-winning play

Veterans

  • Russell Wilson, QB (Seahawks): Wilson put on a show in Seattle’s win over the Rams on Thursday Night Football. He finished with 268 passing yards and four touchdowns, while making a number of jaw dropping throws. Wilson connected with Chris Carson on a five yard pass for the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter and threw a perfect ball on a 40 yard touchdown to wide receiver D.K. Metcalf in the second quarter. But perhaps his most impressive throw on the night was this ridiculous touchdown strike to Tyler Lockett:
  • James White, RB (Patriots): White carried the ball six times for 26 yards and caught 6 passes for 46 yards on a team-high nine targets. The six year veteran has found the end zone just once this year, after scoring 12 total touchdowns last season.
  • Melvin Gordon, RB (Chargers): After ending his holdout and returning to the Chargers last week, Gordon played his first game of the season in Week 5. He finished with 31 rushing yards on 12 carries, while adding four catches for seven yards. It was a wildly inefficient game for Gordon, but better days are ahead as he continues to work his way back from a four week absence.
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Buccaneers): Ogunbowale played 19 snaps at running back for the Bucs and finished with two catches for 27 yards.
  • Corey Clement, RB (Eagles): Clement played 22 special team snaps, but had his second fumble of the season and could be in jeopardy of losing his returning duties.
  • Derek Watt, FB (Chargers): Watt had one carry for eight yards and played just eight snaps at fullback in the Chargers’ Week 5 loss to the Broncos. He also played 78% of special teams snaps.
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): For the fifth straight week, Ramczyk started at right tackle for the Saints. On Sunday he shut down NFL sack leader Shaq Barrett and was named to Pro Football Focus’ team of the week.
  • Rob Havenstein, OT (Rams): Havenstein has started every game this season for the Rams at right tackle, and played all 72 offensive snaps on Sunday.
  • Rick Wagner, OT (Lions): The Lions had a bye in Week 5.
  • Kevin Zeitler, OG (Giants): For the fifth straight week, Zeitler started at right guard and played every offensive snap for the Giants.
  • Travis Frederick, C (Cowboys): Frederick once again started at center and played all 72 offensive snaps for the Cowboys.
  • Lance Kendricks, TE (Chargers): In his third game with the Chargers, Kendricks played 19 snaps at tight end. He was targeted just once and finished with zero catches.
  • Troy Fumagalli, TE (Broncos): For the second straight week, Fumagalli was a healthy scratch and inactive.
  • Alex Erickson, WR (Bengals): Erickson had his highest offensive snap count of the season (15) and caught one pass for seven yards. Unfortunately, Erickson was forced to leave the game early after suffering a concussion.
  • J.J. Watt, DE (Texans): Watt had three tackles, five quarterback hits and a sack in the Texans’ win over the Falcons. He now has at least one sack in his last three games.
  • Beau Allen, DT (Buccaneers): The backup nose tackle played 17 defensive snaps and finished with two tackles in Week 5.
  • Joe Schobert, LB (Browns): Schobert piled up 11 tackles, including one tackle for loss in the Browns’ blowout loss to the 49ers on Monday night. The four year veteran has played 100% of Cleveland’s defensive snaps through five games.
  • T.J. Watt, LB (Steelers): The youngest Watt brother had himself another impressive game on Sunday. He finished with five tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack. Watt now has 3.5 sacks on the season.
  • Vince Biegel, LB (Dolphins): The Dolphins had a bye in Week 5.
  • Leon Jacobs, LB (Jaguars): Jacobs played only 20% of defensive snaps in the Jaguars’ 34-27 loss to the Texans.
  • Natrell Jamerson, DB (Panthers): Jamerson played just 14 special teams snaps, his lowest total of the season, in Carolina’s win over the Jaguars.

Rookies

  • Michael Deiter, OG (Dolphins): The Dolphins had a bye in Week 5.
  • Alec Ingold, FB (Raiders): Ingold was sensational in the Raiders’ win over the Bears in London. The rookie fullback laid a mean cut block on All-Pro Kahlil Mack to open a hole for running back Josh Jacobs’ first touchdown of the game. Late in the fourth quarter, Ingold leaped over his offensive line to pave the way for Jacobs to score the game-winning touchdown. Through five weeks, Ingold has been a perfect fit for Jon Gruden’s run heavy offense.
  • David Edwards, OT (Rams): The backup left tackle played six special teams in the Rams loss to the Seahawks.
  • T.J. Edwards, LB (Eagles): Edwards has played in all five games this year and continued to be a mainstay on the Eagles’ special teams units (22 snaps, 79%). He also played two snaps at linebacker which were his first defensive snaps of the season.

Injured

  • Jack Cichy, LB (Buccaneers): Cichy was inactive on Sunday after he injured his elbow last week. It’s unclear how long he will be out, but head coach Bruce Arians believes Cichy will likely miss two to four weeks.
  • Ryan Connelly, LB (Giants): The rookie linebacker tore his ACL last week and will miss the remainder of the season.