With the Pittsburgh Steelers on the schedule, it was surely inevitable. Two former Wisconsin Badgers teammates. Both play outside linebacker. Let’s compare Green Bay Packers rookie outside linebacker Vince Biegel and T.J. Watt, who the Steelers chose in the first round.
Watt blew things up in his Steelers’ debut, recording two sacks and an interception in week 1. He’s cooled off since then and currently sits at four sacks. He hasn’t had another interception, but has recorded 33 tackles.
Biegel, meanwhile, has played in just the last three games after spending the beginning of the season on the physically unable to perform list. He has seven tackles and has yet to notch a sack.
As for the comparisons, Biegel is having none of it.
“I’ll be honest with you, on the record, everything, that has not crossed my mind one time. T.J.’s his own guy, I’m my own guy. I know the fans and I know you guys like to build up stories and kind of make things bigger than what they are, but it is truly for me another week against a great offense in Pittsburgh, and for me it’s about continuing to get better every week. I know that sounds cliché but …
“T.J.’s a great player and he’s been doing great things in Pittsburgh. But listen to me: I’m focused on what I’m doing. I’m focused on what’s going on here in Green Bay.”
I love it.
Stupid media goons, with your stupid goon questions.
Anyway, Watt is going to be in line for more snaps since Clay Matthews is dealing with his annual
hamstring groin injury. He should have plenty of opportunities to show up Watt come Sunday.
Unfortunately, if the Steelers line Watt up over right tackle, then Watt will surely win the battle between former teammates.