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Badgers in the NFL: Week 7

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T.J. Watt has another monster game, Rick Wagner fills in for the Packers, and the Cowboys like what they see in rookie Tyler Biadasz.

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Veterans

  • Russell Wilson, QB (Seahawks): Wilson threw for a season-high 388 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Seahawks’ first loss of the season. Wilson’s three picks on Sunday night made it his first multi-interception game since Week 1 of the 2018 season. The former Super Bowl champion also rushed for a season-high 84 yards in the loss. Despite a down week, Wilson is still firmly in the MVP race.
  • James White, RB (Patriots): White was targeted only once and finished with one catch for three yards in the Patriots’ loss to the 49ers. The seven year veteran has fallen victim to a dreadful Patriots passing attack that ranks 28th in the league in passing yards per game.
  • Melvin Gordon, RB (Broncos): After missing last week due to step throat, Gordon was back on the field Sunday and had 68 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. He was also targeted four times and finished with two catches for 12 yards. Gordon, however, fumbled twice in the game (one was on a failed flea flicker), as ball security continues to be an issue for him in the NFL.
  • Corey Clement, RB (Eagles): With starting running back Miles Sanders out with a knee injury, Clement played 22% of offensive snaps for the Eagles in Week 7. The four year veteran had nine rushing yards on two carries and added one catch for 12 receiving yards. Clement also continued to be a factor on special teams, as he played 70% of special teams snaps in the Eagles’ Thursday night win.
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Jaguars): Ogunbowale logged a season-high six snaps at running back in the Jaguars’ loss to the Chargers. He also played 70% of special teams snaps and recorded two tackles.
  • Derek Watt, FB (Steelers): Watt was inactive on Sunday due to a hamstring injury. The five year veteran is expected to practice this week, so there is a good chance Watt returns for Week 8.
  • Alec Ingold, FB (Raiders): Ingold played 20% of offensive snaps and finished with one reception for 21 yards in the Raiders’ loss to the Bucs. He was also on the field for 65% of special teams plays.
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): Ramczyk started at right tackle and played all 70 offensive snaps for the Saints on Sunday.
  • Rick Wagner, OT (Packers): Wagner started at right tackle and played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Packers’ Week 7 win.
  • Rob Havenstein, OT (Rams): The six year veteran started at right tackle and played every offensive snap on Monday night. Through seven weeks, Havenstein has yet to miss a single offensive snap for the Rams.
  • Kevin Zeitler, OG (Giants): Zeitler once again started at right guard and played every offensive snap in the Giants’ Thursday night loss to the Eagles.
  • David Edwards, OG (Rams): Edwards started at left guard and played all 72 offensive snaps in Week 7.
  • Ryan Groy, OG (Chargers): For the third straight game, Groy started at right guard for the Chargers. However, the seven year veteran was forced to leave Sunday’s game with a triceps injury and his status for Week 8 is up in the air.
  • Michael Deiter, C (Dolphins): The Dolphins had a bye in Week 7.
  • Alex Erickson, WR (Bengals): For the first time all season, Erickson did not play a single snap at wide receiver for the Bengals. He did, however, see the field for three special teams snaps and had one punt return for 11 yards.
  • J.J. Watt, DE (Texans): The ten year veteran had five tackles and two tackles for loss in the Texans’ loss to the Packers.
  • Beau Allen, DT (Patriots): After beginning the season on injured reserve, Allen was designated to return from IR by the Patriots and was spotted at practice last week. He was not activated for Week 7, but could return sooner rather than later.
  • Joe Schobert, LB (Jaguars): Schobert played 95% of defensive snaps at inside linebacker and finished with nine tackles and a tackle for loss on Sunday. He has now recorded 8+ tackles in five of seven games this season.
  • T.J. Watt, LB (Steelers): Watt was a disruptive force on Sunday, notching five tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack in the Steelers’ win over the Titans. Through seven weeks, the two-time Pro Bowler leads the NFL in tackles for loss with 13.
  • Ryan Connelly, LB (Vikings): The Vikings had a bye in Week 7.
  • Andrew Van Ginkel, LB (Dolphins): The Dolphins had a bye in Week 7.

Rookies

  • Jonathan Taylor, RB (Colts): The Colts had a bye in Week 7.
  • Quintez Cephus, WR (Lions): For the second straight game, Cephus was a healthy inactive for the Lions.
  • Tyler Biadasz, C (Cowboys): Biadasz started his third straight game at center and played every offensive snap in Week 7. Even with veteran Joe Looney set to return soon from injured reserve, it looks like Biadasz did enough to hold on to the starting job.
  • Zack Baun, LB (Saints): Baun played a season-high 28% of defensive snaps and recorded one solo tackle in the Saints’ win over the Panthers. The former third round pick also logged 12 special teams snaps.