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Badgers in the NFL: Week 15

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T.J. Watt adds to his league-leading sack total, Jonathan Taylor has another productive day and Michael Deiter plays well in relief.

Veterans

  • Russell Wilson, QB (Seahawks): Wilson had a quiet game in Seattle’s win over the Washington Football Team, throwing for 121 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a season-low 18 completions. The nine year veteran still ranks second in the NFL with 37 passing touchdowns and was named to his eighth Pro Bowl on Monday.
  • James White, RB (Patriots): The seven year veteran caught all four of his targets for 52 receiving yards in New England’s loss to the Dolphins. White also had two carries but gained only three rushing yards.
  • Melvin Gordon, RB (Broncos): Gordon turned 11 carries into 61 rushing yards and two touchdowns in Denver’s loss to the Bills. The former Doak Walker Award winner has now rushed for at least 5.2 yards per carry in four of his past five games.
  • Corey Clement, RB (Eagles): Clement saw action on 65% of special teams snaps and notched two tackles in Philadelphia’s loss to the Cardinals.
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Jaguars): Ogunbowale hauled in one catch for eight yards and added 17 rushing yards on two carries in Week 15. The former walk-on was on the field for 24% of offensive snaps and 61% of special teams snaps.
  • Derek Watt, FB (Steelers): Watt logged two special teams snaps and had one tackle before leaving Monday night’s game against the Bengals with a concussion. It was a scary injury for Watt, who was concussed while tackling Alex Erickson early in the first quarter on a punt return.
  • Alec Ingold, FB (Raiders): Ingold played 26% of offensive snaps and had one carry for two yards in the Raiders’ Thursday night loss to the Chargers.
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): Ramczyk started at right tackle and played every offensive snap in Week 15.
  • Rick Wagner, OT (Packers): Wagner started his third straight game at right tackle for the Packers and played every offensive snap in their win over the Panthers.
  • Rob Havenstein, OT (Rams): The six year veteran started at right tackle and played 100% of offensive snaps in Week 15.
  • Kevin Zeitler, OG (Giants): Zeitler started at right guard and was on the field for every offensive snap in the Giants’ loss to the Browns.
  • David Edwards, OG (Rams): Edwards started at left guard and played every offensive snap in the Rams’ upset loss to the Jets.
  • Michael Deiter, C (Dolphins): Deiter logged 23 offensive snaps at left guard, his first of the season, after starter Solomon Kindley was forced to leave Sunday’s game with a knee injury.
  • Troy Fumagalli, TE (Broncos): Fumagalli was on the field for 30% of offensive snaps but was not targeted in Week 15.
  • Alex Erickson, WR (Bengals): The former walk-on played a season high 50% of snaps at wide receiver but was targeted just once and had no catches. Erickson also returned two punts for 17 yards in the Bengals’ upset win over the Steelers.
  • J.J. Watt, DE (Texans): Watt was on the field for every defensive snap and finished with one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit in Houston’s loss to the Colts.
  • Joe Schobert, LB (Jaguars): Schobert played every defensive snap and notched 12 tackles in Week 15.
  • T.J. Watt, LB (Steelers): The Defensive Player of the Year front-runner had four tackles, three tackles for loss, and one sack in Pittsburgh’s upset loss to the Bengals. With just two weeks left in the regular season, Watt leads the NFL in both sacks (13) and tackles for loss (24). Unsurprisingly, Watt was named to the Pro Bowl for the third straight season on Monday.
  • T.J. Edwards, LB (Eagles): After a one week absence due to a hamstring injury, Edwards returned to action on Sunday and notched one tackle in the Eagles’ loss to the Cardinals.
  • Ryan Connelly, LB (Vikings): The former walk-on played 55% of special teams snaps and recorded no tackles in Week 15.
  • Andrew Van Ginkel, LB (Dolphins): Van Ginkel logged 24 defensive snaps and finished with one tackle in Miami’s win over the Patriots.
  • Natrell Jamerson, DB (Panthers): Jamerson was a healthy scratch and did not play in Carolina’s loss to the Packers.

Rookies

  • Jonathan Taylor, RB (Colts): Taylor had another productive game on Sunday, rushing for 83 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He now ranks second among rookie running backs in rushing yards (842) and third in receiving yards (298).
  • Quintez Cephus, WR (Lions): The fifth round pick was targeted three times and hauled in one catch for 36 yards in Week 15. Cephus also played 31% of special teams snaps in Detroit’s loss to the Titans.
  • Tyler Biadasz, C (Cowboys): In his second game back from injured reserve, Biadasz served as the back up center and logged eight special teams snaps in the Cowboys’ win over the 49ers.
  • Zack Baun, LB (Saints): Baun logged ten snaps on defense and finished with one tackle in the Saints’ loss to the Chiefs. The third round pick also played 50% of special teams snaps.
  • Chris Orr, LB (Panthers): Orr was cut by the Panthers last week, but was promptly resigned to their practice squad. He did not play in Week 15.