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Badgers in the NFL: Week 14

Derek Watt scored his first career touchdown and Michael Deiter was benched.

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Veterans

  • Russell Wilson, QB (Seahawks): Wilson failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time all season and finished with 245 passing yards and an interception in Seattle’s loss to the Rams. Despite the defeat, the former Super Bowl champion has led the Seahawks to a 10-3 record and a likely playoff berth.
  • James White, RB (Patriots): The six year veteran finished with five catches for 27 receiving yards and added 33 rushing yards on six carries. White also completed a 35-yard pass on the Patriots’ final drive of the game:
  • Melvin Gordon, RB (Chargers): Gordon rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and caught five passes for 29 receiving yards in the Chargers’ win over the Jaguars. The former Pro Bowler now has six total touchdowns and is averaging a respectable 3.96 yards per carry through nine games.
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Buccaneers): Ogunbowale finished with a season-high 48 receiving yards on five catches but also lost a fumble in Tampa Bay’s win over the Colts.
  • Derek Watt, FB (Chargers): Watt scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard run in Week 14. The special teams ace finished with four rushing yards on two carries in the Chargers’ win.
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): Ramczyk started at right tackle and played every offensive snap in the Saints’ thrilling loss to the 49ers.
  • Rick Wagner, OT (Lions): Wagner started at right tackle and played 35 snaps before exiting the game with a knee injury.
  • Rob Havenstein, OT (Rams): For the fourth straight week, Havenstein was sidelined with a knee injury. He is making “progress” according to head coach Sean McVay and is likely to return at some point this season.
  • Kevin Zeitler, OG (Giants): Zeitler has started every game at right guard for the Giants this season, but he left Monday night’s game with an ankle injury.
  • Travis Frederick, C (Cowboys): Frederick once again started at center for the Cowboys and played every offensive snap in Week 14.
  • Ryan Groy, C (Chargers): The six year veteran saw a season-high 16 snaps at center in the Chargers’ win over the Jaguars.
  • Troy Fumagalli, TE (Broncos): Fumagalli logged 16 snaps at tight end and had one catch for three yards in Denver’s upset win over the Texans.
  • Lance Kendricks, TE (Chargers): Kendricks played 12 snaps at tight end on Sunday, his highest offensive snap count since Week 5.
  • Alex Erickson, WR (Bengals): Erickson was targeted seven times and finished with five catches for 45 yards in Week 14. The former walk-on also completed a 26-yard pass on this nifty trick play:
  • Beau Allen, DT (Buccaneers): The six year veteran played 12 snaps at nose tackle and notched one tackle in Week 14.
  • Joe Schobert, LB (Browns): Schobert had seven total tackles in Cleveland’s win over the Bengals. The four year veteran has 100-plus tackles (110) for the third straight season.
  • T.J. Watt, LB (Steelers): The Defensive Player of the Year candidate finished with two tackles and a crucial fourth quarter interception to help the Steelers defeat the Cardinals.
  • Vince Biegel, LB (Dolphins): Biegel started at outside linebacker and tallied eight tackles, including two tackles for loss on Sunday. The third year pro leads the the Dolphins with 11 quarterback hits and is second on the team in tackles for loss.
  • Leon Jacobs, LB (Jaguars): Jacobs played 38% of defensive snaps and notched two total tackles in Jacksonville’s blowout loss to the Chargers.

Rookies

  • Michael Deiter, OG (Dolphins): After starting the first 12 games of the season at left guard, Deiter was benched in Week 14. The third round pick has struggled in his first season in the league, allowing six sacks and 34 quarterback pressures (tied for third-most among guards).
  • Alec Ingold, FB (Raiders): Ingold played eight snaps at fullback and had a one-yard loss on his lone carry of the game.
  • David Edwards, OG (Rams): The fifth round pick started at right guard and played every offensive snap in the Rams’ win over the Seahawks.
  • T.J. Edwards, LB (Eagles): Edwards saw just seven snaps at linebacker and had one tackle in Philadelphia’s Monday night win. The undrafted rookie also played a season-high 91% of special teams snaps.
  • Andrew Van Ginkel, LB (Dolphins): Van Ginkel notched the first sack of his a career and added two tackles in Week 14. The fifth round pick has seen his snap count increase every game since returning from injured reserve three weeks ago.