Former Badgers Tailbacks Shine During NFL's Second Week

Former Badgers Tailbacks Shine During NFL's Second Week

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Former Badgers Tailbacks Shine During NFL's Second Week

Sunday was a great day to be a former University of Wisconsin tailback in the NFL.

The three former Badgers starred for their respective teams during week two of the NFL season, none bigger than Los Angeles Chargers tailback Melvin Gordon.

The third-year veteran had an interesting day stat wise. He rushed for only 28 yards on nine carries (with a long of 20) and had six catches for 38 yards, but Gordon found the end zone on three consecutive drives to help LA to a 31-20 road victory at Buffalo.

Gordon didn’t play in the fourth quarter due to injury but told reporters than jumping out to a 28-3 lead before halftime was a productive sign.

“It felt good because that just showed us what type of offense we can be,” said Gordon, who left with just over 11 minutes remaining. “It’s good to have confirmation, so we’ve just got to keep that going.”

While a rematch of the AFC championship game when the way of the Jacksonville Jaguars, James White continued to be one of quarterback Tom Brady’s favorite weapons out of the backfield. White only had four rushing attempts, but he caught seven of his eight targets in the passing game for 73 yards, including this long catch and run of 27.

Pressed into a big workload with punt returner Darren Sproles out with a hamstring injury and running back Jay Ajayi sent to the sidelines in the early part of the first quarter with a back injury, Corey Clement responded for the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

As a running back, Clement had a team-high 30 yards on six carries, including a 15-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. As a pass catcher, Clement contributed five receptions (on six targets) and 55 yards, with a long of 19 yards. Clement returned two punts for a 6.5-yard average, not including a 43-yard return that was wiped out by penalty, and made a tackle on punt coverage.

“It’s basically what I asked for,” Clement told Eagles.com after the game. “We’re not a selfish team and I’m not a selfish person. It’s great to be called on in certain situations, knowing the coaching staff trusts that I’m going to get the job done. Everybody wants to do better than the next person and I think that’s why we’re a great team.”

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