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Badgers in the NFL: Week 4

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Russell Wilson is gunning for MVP, Melvin Gordon scores two touchdowns, and Tyler Biadasz fills in at center.

Veterans

  • James White, RB (Patriots): After a two week absence, White returned to the field for the Patriots on Monday night. He was second on the team with eight targets and finished with seven receptions for 38 yards. The seven year veteran also added 21 rushing yards on three carries.
  • Melvin Gordon, RB (Broncos): Gordon had his best game of the young season in the Broncos’ Thursday night win over the Jet. He rushed for 107 yards on a season-high 23 carries and scored two touchdowns, while tacking on two catches for 11 yards. Backfield mate Phillip Lindsay is expected back either this weekend or next, so this may be the most carries Gordon receives in a game all season.
  • Corey Clement, RB (Eagles): The four year veteran was a non-factor in Philadelphia’s offense, rushing for only three yards on two carries. Clement’s impact was felt on special teams though, as he played 79% of such snaps in the Eagles’ Sunday night win.
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Jaguars): Ogunbowale played 55% of special teams snaps but recorded no tackles in the Jaguars’ loss to the Bengals. The former walk-on has locked in a role as a special teams contributor and has seen only five snaps at running back through three games for the Jags.
  • Derek Watt, FB (Steelers): The Steelers had a bye in Week 4 after their game against Tennessee was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak among Titans players.
  • Alec Ingold, FB (Raiders): Ingold played a season-low 11% of offensive snaps in Week 4. However, he did have his best offensive output of the season, finishing with two catches for 29 yards.
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): Ramczyk started at right tackle for the Saints, but was forced to leave in the third quarter with a concussion. His status for Week 5 is unknown at the moment.
  • Rick Wagner, OT (Packers): The eight year veteran continues to serve as the Packers’ backup right tackle, however, he did see the field for seven snaps on Monday night. Head coach Matt LaFleur utilized Wagner as a sixth offensive lineman for a handful of plays in their win over the Falcons.
  • Rob Havenstein, OT (Rams): Havenstein started at right tackle and played every offensive snap for the Rams on Sunday.
  • Kevin Zeitler, OG (Giants): The nine year veteran started at right guard and played all 68 offensive snaps in the Giants’ loss to the Rams.
  • David Edwards, OG (Rams): For the second straight game, Edwards started at left guard and played every offensive snap.
  • Michael Deiter, C (Dolphins): Deiter logged just five special teams snaps in Miami’s Week 4 loss to the Seahawks.
  • Ryan Groy, C (Chargers): Groy started his first game since 2018 and played every offensive snap at right guard for the Chargers on Sunday.
  • Alex Erickson, WR (Bengals): Erickson had one reception (his first of the season) for nine yards and added seven rushing yards on his only carry. The former walk-on logged only seven snaps at wide receiver, while also serving as the Bengals’ punt returner. Erickson played five specials teams snaps but did not return a punt in the game.
  • J.J. Watt, DE (Texans): Watt had a relatively quiet Week 4, finishing with just three total tackles in the Texans’ loss to the Vikings. After the loss dropped the Texans to 0-4 on the season, Houston fired head coach Bill O’Brien.
  • Joe Schobert, LB (Jaguars): Schobert played 99% of defensive snaps at inside linebacker and tallied seven total tackles in the Jags’ Week 4 loss.
  • T.J. Watt, LB (Steelers): The Steelers had a bye in Week 4 after their game against Tennessee was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak among Titans players.
  • Ryan Connelly, LB (Vikings): The former walk-on saw no snaps at linebacker for the second straight week, but was a factor on special teams. Connelly played 48% of special teams snaps and recorded no tackles.
  • Jack Cichy, LB (Buccaneers): Cichy played 59% of special teams snaps but did not record a tackle in the Buccaneers’ win over the Chargers.
  • T.J. Edwards, LB (Eagles): Edwards notched three total tackles and a tackle for loss, before leaving Sunday night’s game with a hamstring injury. Head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday that Edwards will “miss some time” but it’s unclear exactly how long he will be out.
  • Andrew Van Ginkel, LB (Dolphins): Van Ginkel logged only 10 defensive snaps and did not record a tackle in Week 4. The former fifth round pick also played 81% of special teams snaps.

Rookies

  • Jonathan Taylor, RB (Colts): Taylor led all Colts running backs in snaps and carries in Week 4. The second round pick finished with 68 rushing yards on 17 carries, while tacking on one catch for eleven yards. Taylor has yet to have a breakout game this season and he’s averaging a pedestrian 3.8 yards per carry, but I think better days are ahead for the rookie as he continues to get used to the NFL game.
  • Quintez Cephus, WR (Lions): The fifth round pick saw only six snaps at wide receiver and six snaps on special teams in the Lions’ loss to the Saints.
  • Tyler Biadasz, C (Cowboys): After starting center Joe Looney was injured on the first play of the game on Sunday, Biadasz filled in and played every snap at center for the Cowboys. Looney is expected to miss multiple weeks with an MCL injury, so Biadasz will be the starter at center going forward.
  • Zack Baun, LB (Saints): Baun has yet to break into the rotation on defense, as he played just one snap at linebacker on Sunday. The third round pick also played 56% of special teams snaps and recorded his first career tackle.
  • Chris Orr, LB (Panthers): Orr was called up from the practice squad for the Panthers Week 4 game against the Cardinals but he was inactive.