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You can find Wisconsin Badgers players all over the NFL, each with varying degrees of success. Here's a look at how each former Wisconsin player fared in the 2021 regular season.

Zack Baun, LB, New Orleans Saints

Baun had an increased role with the Saints in Year 2 but still played in just 194 defensive snaps. Most of those came in Week 2 (65) at Carolina, when he posted seven tackles, and Week 16 vs. Miami, when he had eight tackles. Baun, who didn’t play on defense in New Orleans’ final two games, finished with 30 tackles and two quarterback hits while playing in all 17 games with four starts. Baun did play 372 (79%) of the Saints’ special teams snaps.

Tyler Biadasz, C, Dallas Cowboys

Biadasz started all 17 games for Dallas and played nearly every snaps – 1,204 (98%) in total. He played every snap in 13 games. Biadasz committed nine penalties, including six false starts and two holds. He also allowed one sack.

Vince Biegel, LB, Miami Dolphins

Biegel had an interesting season. He was waived/injured by Miami during the summer, which meant he had to wait six weeks into the season before the Dolphins could re-sign him, which they did, to their practice squad. Biegel was elevated to the active roster on game day twice but played in just one of those and only three snaps on special teams. He eventually got signed to the active roster, appearing in four more games, but mainly on special teams (he had just six defensive snaps). Biegel recorded two tackles.

Quintez Cephus, WR, Detroit Lions

After a promising rookie season, the 2020 fifth-round pick looked increase his role in 2021, however his season was cut short after he broke his collarbone in a Week 5 loss at Minnesota. Cephus started three games and finished with 15 catches – just five fewer than he had the previous year – on 22 targets for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Cephus appeared between 71%-89% of the offensive snaps in Detroits second, third and fourth games. He should once again be one of the Lions’ primary receivers in 2022.

Corey Clement, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Clement was signed by the New York Giants in the offseason but released before the season. Dallas picked him up and used him mainly as a special-teams player. Clement recorded four tackles and returned 11 kicks with a 19.5-yard average. He did get in on 78 offensive plays and had 33 carries for 140 yards and six catches on seven targets for 29 yards with a touchdown (in Week 18). It was Clement’s first receiving touchdown since Super Bowl 52. He also had 13 rushes in Week 14 at Washington, his first game with double-digit carries since 2018.

Ryan Connelly, LB, Minnesota Vikings

In his second season as a special-teams player with Minnesota, Connelly suffered the second serious knee injury of his pro career (he also tore his ACL as a rookie in 2019 with the New York Giants). Connelly, who played only on special teams, injured his knee (reportedly another torn ACL although nothing was officially announced) in Week 14 on the opening kickoff. He finished the year with three tackles.

Michael Deiter, OL, Miami Dolphins

Deiter started the first three games for Miami before a couple of injuries sidelined him until Week 13. Deiter started at center in Miami’s final five games. He played every snap of all eight games in which he played. Deiter committed one penalty, a hold, and allowed one sack.

David Edwards, OG, Los Angeles Rams

The former tackle started all 17 games for the Rams at left guard, appearing in 1,085 of Los Angeles’ offensive snaps – the most on the team. He missed four snaps all year, all of which came in the Rams’ Week 13 game against Jacksonville. While he committed only three penalties, all false starts, Edwards did allow five sacks. He had allowed three combined in his first two NFL seasons.

T.J. Edwards, LB, Philadelphia Eagles

Edwards’ role picked up midway through the season and perhaps not coincidentally, the Eagles’ defense started playing better. Edwards played no more than 41% of the team’s defensive snaps through Week 7. In Week 8 at Detroit, he was in on 66% (and had 13 tackles and two tackles for loss). Over the next eight games (he sat out the finale), Edwards played at least 92% of the snaps in each. He finished with 130 snaps (he had 100 combined his first two years), which was second on the team. In his final nine games, Edwards recorded double digits in tackles six times, including a career-high 16 against the Giants in Week 16. He also had five TFL, five passes defensed, two quarterback hits and an interception. In addition to his 685 defensive snaps, Edwards saw 167 snaps on special teams – a career low, thanks to his increased defensive role.

Alex Erickson, WR, Carolina Panthers

A similar story to Clement’s, Erickson was signed by Houston in the offseason only to be cut Aug. 31. Carolina signed him to its practice squad before eventually bringing him aboard the active roster. Thanks to a Week 1 elevation, Erickson played in all 17 games, but mainly on special teams. He returned 17 punts with an 8.9 average – which was sixth best in the NFL -- and also had two kick returns, one for 39 yards and the other 18. Erickson played just 59 snaps on offense and had three catches on four targets for 55 yards with a long of 25.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos

In his second year with Denver, Gordon played in 16 games and started them all – but was outsnapped, barely, by fellow running back rookie Javonte Williams (551-514). Gordon rushed 203 times for 918 yards (4.5 average, the third highest of his seven-year career) with eight touchdowns. He also caught 28 of 38 targets for 213 yards with two TDs. Gordon topped 100 yards three times – in the opener, Week 14 (season-high 111) and in Week 18. He fumbled three times, including a key one in Denver’s season-finale loss to Kansas City.

Rob Havenstein, OT, Los Angeles Rams

Havenstein started all 15 games he played this season. The right tackle played every offensive snap in those games except for one contest (Week 8 at Houston, missing nine snaps). While Havenstein only committed two penalties, he did allow 5.5 sacks, which were his most given up since 2016, when he allowed nine. Havenstein has played 99 games in his seven-year NFL career – all starts.

Alec Ingold, FB, Las Vegas Raiders

Ingold’s season was cut short when he suffered a torn ACL in Las Vegas’ ninth game. He was on pace to have his best statistical season, at least in terms of receptions. Ingold caught 10 of 12 targets for 85 yards with a touchdown (his career highs are 12 catches for 110 yards, set in 2020). He also ran twice but gained only one yard. In addition, Ingold had four tackles while playing on special teams.

Isaiahh Loudermilk, DT, Pittsburgh Steelers

A fifth-round pick, Loudermilk got into 15 games as a rookie and started two games in Week 16 and 17. Playing 288 defensive snaps (24.7%), Loudermilk recorded 23 tackles with three passes defensed and one sack (Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield in Week 8). He had a season-high six tackles in Week 16 at Kansas City.

Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

After seeing brief playing time for most of the season, injuries to Jacksonville’s backfield gave Ogunbowale a chance be on the field a lot in the final three weeks. He had 189 offensive snaps all season – 137 of those coming in those last three contests. Ogunbowale did play every game for the Jaguars – he also had 210 snaps on special teams – finishing with 43 carries for 137 yards and a touchdown and 13 receptions for 114 yards with a TD. He also recorded seven tackles. In Week 16 against the New York Jets he had season highs of 17 rushes and 57 yards while also scoring his lone rushing TD. Ogunbowale started the last two games of the season and had nine carries for 36 yards and two catches for 32 yards and a TD at New England in Week 17 and 11 carries for 30 yards plus three catches for 25 yards vs. Indianapolis in Week 18.

Ryan Ramczyk, OT, New Orleans Saints

As he’s done since he entered the NFL, Ramczyk started at right tackle for the Saints … until a knee injury caused him to miss six games. The former first-round pick played every snap of New Orleans’ first 10 games but then sat out until the season finale, when he played 68 of 72 snaps. For the first time in his career, Ramczyk did not commit a penalty (he had 3-5 in each of his first four seasons). He allowed 1.5 sacks.

Joe Schobert, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh acquired Schobert from Jacksonville for a sixth-round pick in late August. The Steelers got a pretty good return on their investment. Schobert played in 16 games (missing Week 17) and started 15. He played on 921 defensive snaps (78.99%), the fifth most on the team. Schobert’s 112 tackles – his fifth consecutive season with 100+ -- were second on the Steelers. He also had six passes defensed, two tackles for loss, an interception, forced fumbled and quarterback hit. Four times he had double-digit tackles, with a high of 13 in Week 10 vs. Detroit, while his interception of Ryan Tannehill in the fourth quarter of a Week 15 game led to a field goal to put the Steelers in the lead in an eventual 19-13 win over Tennessee.

Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts

The MVP chants lessened as the Colts fizzled in their last two games, but Taylor had a breakout year in his second season. He not only led the NFL in rushing with 1,811 yards but also the runner-up, Cleveland’s Nick Chubb, was over 500 yards behind him. Taylor also led the league in carries (332), rushing touchdowns (18), longest run (83), rushing yards per game (106.5), yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards (2,171) and total touchdowns (20, tied with the Chargers’ Austin Ekeler). Taylor had 10 100+-yard rushing games with a high of 185 against Buffalo in Week 11, a game in which he totaled five touchdowns, one of his five games with multiple TDs.

Andrew Van Ginkel, LB, Miami Dolphins

In his third season in Miami, Van Ginkel carved out an even bigger role. He played in all 16 games (with 11 starts) in 2020 and had 480 defensive snaps. This past season, he appeared in every game (with 14 starts) and accumulated 801 defensive snaps. In 17 games, Van Ginkel recorded career highs in tackles (70), quarterback hits (20), tackles for loss (9) and passes defensed (7). He also notched four sacks and forced one fumble.

Derek Watt, FB, Pittsburgh Steelers

After missing a few games for the first time in his career last season, Watt was back to playing in every contest in 2021. His time on the field this season, however, was spent mainly on special teams, where he had 332 snaps compared to just 86 on offense. Watt finished with 14 tackles on special teams, which tied for fifth most in the NFL. On the offensive side, Wartt had three catches for 15 yards and one rush for one yard – his first touches since 2019.

J.J. Watt, DE, Arizona Cardinals

It was a new team for Watt in 2021 but the same old problem – an injury cut short his regular season. Watt was placed on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 7 against, ironically, his former team. Houston. It marked the fourth time in the last six seasons Watt played in eight games or less. Watt recorded only 16 tackles with one sack, but did have 10 QB hits, five tackles for loss, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in his seven games. He was coming off solid back-to-back games before getting hurt, posting four QB hits, two TFL and pass defensed in a win over San Francisco and five tackles, two QB hits, a sack and PD in a victory against Cleveland.

T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Watt played in his fewest snaps – 758 -- since his rookie season but still had quite the memorable year. Appearing in 15 games, Watt tied the NFL’s official single-season sack record with 22.5 (unofficially, Detroit’s Al Baker had 23 in 1978). He had four sacks in Week 17 against Cleveland, 3.5 in Week 13 vws. Baltimore and three in Week 9 v. Chicago – all Pittsburgh victories. Watt also led the league in tackles for loss (21) while setting a career high with 64 tackles. In addition, Watt had 39 quarterback hits, seven passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

James White, RB, New England Patriots

The longtime New England running back resumed his pass-catching role for the Patriots to begin 2021, but his time was short. White suffered a hip injury early in Week 3 and was put on injured reserve. In his brief season, White had 12 catches on 14 targets for 94 yards with 10 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown.

Rachad Wildgoose, CB, New York Jets

Drafted in the sixth round by Buffalo, Wildgoose didn’t make the opening roster and was signed to the Bills’ practice squad. The Jets plucked him from there in mid-November. Wildgoose got into New York’s final five games of the season, playing just one snap on defense and 29 on special teams. He figured in on three tackles.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

In his 10th season in the NFL, Wilson had his roughest year. For the first time in his career he didn’t play in every game, missing three due to an injured finger. Also for the first time in his career, Seattle didn’t have a winning record with him at quarterback, winning just six of the 14 games he played. Wilson’s 64.8% completion percentage was his lowest since 2017. He threw for 3,113 yards – the 222.4 yards per game his fewest since 2014 -- with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wilson rushed 43 times for 183 yards, but his 13.1 yards per game were the lowest of his career.

Kevin Zeitler, OG, Baltimore Ravens

In his first season with Baltimore, Zeitler started all 17 games and missed just a handful of snaps. He committed seven penalties, four of which were holds – both career highs. However, he was credited with allowing just one-quarter of a sack (yes, you read that correctly), which is his fewest given up in any season during his 10-year career.

The Others

In addition to the above, some former Badgers players finished the season on the practice squad or spent the entire year injured reserve. A quick rundown:

Beau Benzschawel, OG, Washington Football Team: Claimed off waivers by Washington in April, Benzschawel was cut before the season and re-signed to the practice squad. He spent the entire year there, never getting elevated to the active roster. Benzschawel signed a reserve/futures contract with Washington after the season ended.

Troy Fumagalli, TE, New England Patriots: Signed by the Patriots in May, Fumagalli was hurt in mid-August, waived/injured and then reverted to injured reserve.

Natrell Jamerson, S, New York Giants: Signed by New Orleans in late August, he was waived a couple of weeks later. The New York Jets signed him to their practice squad in early October then released him the day before Thanksgiving. The Giants added him in early December to their practice squad. Jamerson was not elevated nor was he one of the players signed to a futures contract at season’s end.

Nick Nelson, CB, Indianapolis Colts: A fourth-round pick of the Raiders in 2018, Nelson signed a futures contract with Indianapolis in January. As with Fumagalli, he was waived/injured in mid-August and reverted to IR.

Cole Van Lanen, OT, Green Bay Packers: A sixth-round pick, Van Lanen spent the entire season on the practice squad but did get elevated a couple of times to the active roster. Van Lanen made his NFL debut in Week 17 vs. Minnesota – getting in on one offensive snap.