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Badgers in the NFL: Week 15

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TJ Watt strengthened his DPOY case, Melvin Gordon fumbled twice and three Badgers are named to the Pro Bowl

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Veterans

  • Russell Wilson, QB (Seahawks): Wilson had another crazy efficient game on Sunday. The eight year veteran completed 20 of 26 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns, and no picks in Seattle’s Week 15 win. He was also one of three former Badgers (along with TJ Watt and Travis Frederick) to be named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.
  • James White, RB (Patriots): The former Super Bowl hero finished with three catches for 49 yards and a touchdown in New England’s blowout win over the Bengals. White currently ranks third in the league in receiving yards among running backs with 588.
  • Melvin Gordon, RB (Chargers): Gordon had a rough game against the Vikings on Sunday. The former Pro Bowler was benched after fumbling twice and had only 28 rushing yards in the game. He added five catches for 36 receiving yards, but all in all it was a disappointing day for the upcoming free agent.
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Buccaneers): Ogunbowale rushed for three yards on one carry and hauled in one catch for 13 yards in the Bucs’ win over over the Lions.
  • Derek Watt, FB (Chargers): Watt logged five snaps at fullback and played 64% of special teams snaps in Week 15.
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): Ramczyk has started at right tackle for every game this season for the Saints. The former All-Pro was also completely snubbed from the Pro Bowl:
  • Rick Wagner, OT (Lions): After suffering a knee injury in last week’s game, Wagner was inactive in Week 15.
  • Rob Havenstein, OT (Rams): Despite being a full participant in practice last week, Havenstein was inactive for the fifth straight week due to a knee injury. His status for this weekend’s game against the 49ers is currently up in the air:
  • Kevin Zeitler, OG (Giants): Zeitler was inactive on Sunday due to an ankle injury he suffered last week. This was the eight year veteran’s first missed game since the 2014 season.
  • Travis Frederick, C (Cowboys): Frederick has started every game at center for the Cowboys this season and was named to his fifth Pro Bowl on Tuesday.
  • Ryan Groy, C (Chargers): The six year veteran played thirteen total snaps (5 offense, 8 special teams) in Week 15.
  • Troy Fumagalli, TE (Broncos): Fumagalli saw 18 snaps at tight end and had one catch for seven yards for the Broncos on Sunday.
  • Lance Kendricks, TE (Chargers): Kendricks logged only two snaps at tight end and nine snaps on special teams in Week 15.
  • Alex Erickson, WR (Bengals): The four year veteran was targeted five times but could only muster one catch for six yards in the Bengals’ loss to the Patriots. Erickson also muffed a punt and has now fumbled in three straight games.
  • Beau Allen, DT (Buccaneers): Tampa Bay’s backup nose tackle played 12 defensive snaps and had one tackle in Week 15.
  • J.J. Watt, DE (Texans): After tearing his pectoral in Week 8, it was expected that Watt would miss the remainder of the season. However, with the Texans in the hunt for a playoff berth, Watt very well could return to the field for the postseason.
  • Joe Schobert, LB (Browns): Schobert played every defensive snap at inside linebacker and notched five tackles in Cleveland’s loss to the Cardinals.
  • T.J. Watt, LB (Steelers): Another week, another monster performance from TJ Watt. He finished Sunday night’s game with four tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, and a forced fumble. Watt is now tied for the league lead in forced fumbles with six and ranks fifth in sacks with 13. The third year pro has already locked up a Pro Bowl berth and a Defensive Player of the Year win could be in the cards.
  • Vince Biegel, LB (Dolphins): Biegel started at outside linebacker and had five tackles, two tackles for loss, and his first career interception in the Dolphins’ loss to the Giants.
  • Leon Jacobs, LB (Jaguars): Jacobs started at sam linebacker and notched a season-high eight tackles, including one tackle for loss, in the Jaguars’ comeback win over the Raiders.

Rookies

  • Michael Deiter, OG (Dolphins): A week after being benched, Deiter was back in the starting lineup at left guard for the Dolphins. He played 75% of offensive snaps, but was once again replaced at guard in the game.
  • Alec Ingold, FB (Raiders): In the Raiders’ final game in Oakland, Ingold saw 17 snaps at fullback and finished with a career-high three catches for 22 yards.
  • David Edwards, OG (Rams): Edwards started his eighth straight game and played every offensive snap at right guard for the Rams.
  • T.J. Edwards, LB (Eagles): The undrafted rookie logged eight snaps at inside linebacker and played 83% of special teams snaps in Week 15. He finished with two tackles in the Eagles’ win over the Redskins.
  • Andrew Van Ginkel, LB (Dolphins): Van Ginkel played only 16 defensive snaps and had no tackles in Week 15.