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Badgers in the NFL: Week 16

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Dare Ogunbowale has a career day, Russell Wilson leads the Seahawks to a division title and Alex Erickson has his best game of the season.

Veterans

  • Russell Wilson, QB (Seahawks): Wilson led the Seahawks to a win over the Rams on Sunday to clinch the NFC West. He threw for 225 yards, one touchdown and no picks, while adding nine yards and a touchdown on the ground.
  • James White, RB (Patriots): The former Super Bowl hero had a quiet game on Monday night, rushing for 14 yards and catching all three of his targets for 23 yards.
  • Melvin Gordon, RB (Broncos): Gordon rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries in the Broncos’ loss to the Chargers.
  • Corey Clement, RB (Eagles): Clement played 19 total snaps (1 offensive, 18 special teams) in Philly’s loss to the Cowboys.
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Jaguars): With starting running back James Robinson out with an injury, Ogunbowale took full advantage of the opportunity and had a career day in Week 16. The former walk-on rushed for a career-high 71 yards on 14 carries and added three catches for seven yards in Jacksonville’s loss to the Bears.
  • Derek Watt, FB (Steelers): After leaving last week’s game with a concussion, Watt was active for Week 16. He played 72% of special teams snaps and notched one tackle in Pittsburgh’s win over the Colts.
  • Alec Ingold, FB (Raiders): Ingold played 41 total snaps (19 offensive, 22 special teams) and had no touches in the Raiders’ loss to the Dolphins.
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): The former All-Pro started at right tackle and paved the way for Alvin Kamara’s six touchdowns on Christmas day.
  • Rick Wagner, OT (Packers): Wagner started at right tackle and logged 41 offensive snaps before leaving Sunday night’s game with a knee injury.
  • Rob Havenstein, OT (Rams): Havenstein started at right tackle and played 96% of offensive snaps in Week 16, only leaving the field for a handful of snaps due to a stinger.
  • Kevin Zeitler, OG (Giants): The nine year veteran started at right guard and played every offensive snap in the Giants’ loss to the Ravens.
  • David Edwards, OG (Rams): Edwards started at left guard and played 100% of offensive snaps in Week 16.
  • Michael Deiter, C (Dolphins): Deiter logged just six special teams snaps in the Dolphins’ win over the Raiders.
  • Troy Fumagalli, TE (Broncos): Fumagalli played 21 total snaps (15 offensive, 6 special teams) and was targeted once in Week 16.
  • Alex Erickson, WR (Bengals): With starting wide receiver Tyler Boyd out with a concussion, Erickson was on the field for 82% of offensive snaps. The former walk-on caught all six of his targets for 88 receiving yards in Cincinnati’s win over the Texans.
  • J.J. Watt, DE (Texans): Watt finished with three tackles and two quarterback hits in Houston’s loss to the Bengals on Sunday. The loss dropped the Texans to 4-11 on the season and the former Defensive Player of the Year had an all-time postgame rant. Watt is a prime candidate to be traded to a contender in the offseason.
  • Joe Schobert, LB (Jaguars): Schobert had a big game on Sunday for the Jags, notching eight tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and a red zone interception.
  • T.J. Watt, LB (Steelers): The Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner finished with three tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble in the Steelers’ win over the Colts. Heading into the final week of the regular season, Watt leads the NFL in sacks (15) and tackles for loss (26)
  • T.J. Edwards, LB (Eagles): Edwards played a season-high 90% of defensive snaps and notched six tackles in the Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys.
  • Ryan Connelly, LB (Vikings): The former walk-on played 58% of special teams snaps and had two tackles in Week 16.
  • Andrew Van Ginkel, LB (Dolphins): Van Ginkel played a season-high 88% of defensive snaps and finished with eight tackles, two sacks, and one pass defended in the Dolphins’ win over the Raiders.
  • Natrell Jamerson, DB (Panthers): For the second straight week Jamerson was a healthy scratch and did not play for the Panthers.

Rookies

  • Jonathan Taylor, RB (Colts): Taylor had 18 carries and rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ loss to the Steelers. JT will need 84 rushing yards in Week 17 to finish with a 1,000 yard season in his rookie year.
  • Quintez Cephus, WR (Lions): Cephus played 38% of offensive snaps and finished with one catch for nine yards in Week 16.
  • Tyler Biadasz, C (Cowboys): Biadasz played just one offensive snap and seven special teams snaps on Sunday. After starting four games in the middle of the season, Biadasz is serving as the Cowboys’ backup center down the stretch.
  • Zack Baun, LB (Saints): Baun saw only four snaps on defense, but logged 23 special teams snaps in the Saints’ Christmas day win over the Vikings.