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Badgers in the NFL: Week 3

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The Watt brothers came to play and Ryan Connelly continued to impress in Week 3.

Veterans

  • Russell Wilson, QB (Seahawks): Wilson had his breakout game in Week 3, despite Seattle’s home loss to the Saints. The eight year veteran threw for 406 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 51 yards and two more scores on the ground.
  • James White, RB (Patriots): White did not play in New England’s win over the Jets, as his wife gave birth to their child. Congrats James!
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Buccaneers): Ogunbowale is the clear third running back for the Bucs and played only 25% of offensive snaps. He caught all three of his targets for 23 yards.
  • Corey Clement, RB (Eagles): After suffering a shoulder injury last week, Clement was forced to miss the Eagles Week 3 game against the Lions. He was limited in practice on Tuesday, a good sign that the injury is not too severe.
  • Derek Watt, FB (Chargers): Watt played eight snaps at fullback and got one carry for a one yard loss. He also saw 20 special teams snaps.
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): Ramczyk started at right tackle and continued his strong start to the season by handling Seahawks pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney on Sunday. Clowney made almost no impact on the game, as Ramczyk continues to be one of the best right tackles in the league.
  • Rob Havenstein, OT (Rams): Havenstein started at right tackle and played all 66 snaps in the Rams win over the Browns on Sunday night.
  • Rick Wagner, OT (Lions): For the third straight week, Wagner started at right tackle and played all 64 offensive snaps in Detroit’s upset win over the Eagles.
  • Kevin Zeitler, OG (Giants): Zeitler once again started at right guard for the Giants and protected rookie quarterback Daniel Jones in his first NFL start.
  • Travis Frederick, C (Cowboys): Frederick started at center and helped pave the way for two 100 yard rushers in Dallas’ win over the Dolphins.
  • Troy Fumagalli, TE (Broncos): As the fourth string tight end, Fumagalli only played eight snaps on offense for the Broncos. He also saw nine snaps on special teams.
  • Alex Erickson, WR (Bengals): Erickson played seven snaps at wide receiver and had one catch for 13 yards. He also saw playing time on special teams, returning two punts for eight total yards.
  • J.J. Watt, DE (Texans): The three-time Defensive Player of the Year had himself a game against the Chargers. Watt finished with five tackles, two sacks and five quarterback hits in the Texans’ win.
  • Beau Allen, DT (Buccaneers): Allen played just ten snaps for the Bucs as he continues to backup Vita Vea at nose tackle. He finished with two tackles, including a tackle for loss and was also mic’d up during the game:
  • Joe Schobert, LB (Browns): Schobert continued his strong start to the season with a six tackle performance against the Rams. He also added a fumbled recovery and a clutch tipped pass that resulted in an interception late in the fourth quarter. Still one of the most underrated defensive players in the league, Schobert will be in the mix for his second trip to the Pro Bowl if he can keep up this level of play.
  • T.J. Watt, LB (Steelers): Watt has been a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for the Steelers. He had two tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery but the Steelers fell to 0-3 on the year after their loss to the 49ers.
  • Vince Biegel, LB (Dolphins): Biegel continues to be a rotational linebacker for the Dolphins. He had one tackle and played 15% of defensive snaps on Sunday.
  • Jack Cichy, LB (Buccaneers): A key special teams player, Cichy played 20 such snaps in the Bucs’ week 3 loss to the Giants.
  • Leon Jacobs, LB (Jaguars): Jacobs played 27 snaps at strong side linebacker, his most of the season, and finished with three tackles and a fumble recovery.
  • Natrell Jamerson, DB (Panthers): Jamerson continues to be an important special teams player for the Panthers and played 20 snaps in their win against the Cardinals.

Rookies

  • Michael Deiter, OG (Dolphins): Deiter started his third straight game at left guard but was forced to move to left tackle early in the second quarter after an injury to starter Jesse Davis. Head Coach Brian Flores was impressed with how Deiter handled the unexpected transition to tackle.
  • Ryan Connelly, LB (Giants): What a find Connelly has been for the Giants. The fifth round pick started his second straight game at inside linebacker and finished with seven tackles and an interception. Connelly will continue to start and be heavily relied upon going forward with fellow inside linebackers Alec Ogletree and Tae Davis dealing with injuries.
  • Alec Ingold, FB (Raiders): Ingold played seven snaps at fullback and 15 snaps on special teams for the Raiders.
  • David Edwards, OT (Rams): Edwards played five snaps on special teams, as he continues to backup veteran Andrew Whitworth at left tackle.
  • T.J. Edwards, LB (Eagles): Edwards saw the field on special teams for the third straight week, playing 20 snaps on Sunday.