After looking at the Wisconsin Football roster in the quarterbacks and running backs department, we will next preview the Badgers’ pass catchers. Wide receivers and Tight ends are a questionable position this year. Wisconsin needs to replace Danny Davis, Kendric Pryor, and Jake Ferguson. All three were starters and impact players throughout their careers. Both position groups are either young or inexperienced. However, the potential is there, and they could surprise Badger fans.
Wisconsin Football Starting WRs: Chimere Dike & Skyler Bell
There’s no doubt junior Chimere Dike will be the No. 1 receiver on the Wisconsin Football Roster. He has the most experience and has learned over the last few seasons. While he only recorded 19 catches for 272 yards and one score last season, I love the separation he can get from defenders. His potential to obtain yards after the catch is there too. He has the tools to be what Wisconsin needs for a No. 1 wideout.
Skyler Bell’s ceiling is as high as any receiver or young player on this roster. He’s fast and can create the separation to be a good receiver in the Big Ten. He only recorded one catch last season, but the coaching staff loves what he brings. I would be shocked if he wasn’t opposite Dike on September 3.
Wisconsin Football Back-Up WRs: Markus Allen & Keontez Lewis
Allen and Lewis are also young players who should crack the rotation for the wide receivers. Allen recorded three catches for 65 yards. Lewis, the UCLA transfer, did not record a catch last season. However, I think he is perfect for this roster. I like the experience and ceiling Lewis brings. The wide receivers are young but full of potential.
Badger fans can also expect Dean Engram, who switches over from cornerback, and Stephan Bracey, who will most likely be the kick returner and punt returner. Overall, the receivers on this Wisconsin Football roster lack experience. Yet, they may have enough sneaky upside to get the job done.
Wisconsin Football TEs: Jack Eschenbach & Clay Cundiff
I don’t know if there is true starter at tight end this season on the Wisconsin Football roster. Or at least in the beginning. I think Cundiff is the best pass-catcher in this group and could be an excellent red zone target. He also recorded three catches for 86 yards and a touchdown last season. However, Cundiff is coming off a nasty leg injury against Iowa last season. I don’t think this should prevent him from playing right away.
Eschenbach has been in the rotation for a few years now behind Jake Ferguson. I think he’s the safer option, but not quite the potential Cundiff has. Paul Chryst loves loyalty, so I expect Eschenbach to play a lot this year.
I think the best blocker of the tight ends is Hayden Rucci. While Rucci didn’t record a catch last season, he’s a good blocker and should be out there in doubt tight end formations. It’s known that Wisconsin loves to use 12 personnel on fourth and short and goalline formations. I don’t think Rucci’s stats will pop out, but he will be in this rotation too.
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