Danny Davis quietly had a good game for the Badgers in Week 1. He tallied 8 receptions for 99 yards. When the Badgers were driving late in the 4th quarter, Davis was Mertz’s go-to guy, including on an important 3rd and 7 where Davis snagged a tough pass, setting up 1st and goal with just over two minutes left in the game.
Unfortunately, the Badgers couldn’t get the ball in the end zone, but Davis showed he is going to be one of the top options in the passing game this year. This is the type of game where he could put up some numbers early, but the later the game goes, the more the Badgers will likely run. I can see Davis snagging his first touchdown of the season against Eastern Michigan.
Prediction: 6 receptions for 80 yards and 1 TD
Ferguson is going to be targeted by Mertz often this season. The senior tight end is going to be the quarterback’s security blanket all year. He will also be a big red zone target for the Wisconsin offense. He may not light up the stat box with yards, but he will reel in plenty of passes this game and find himself catching one in the end zone.
Prediction: 8 catches for 65 yards and 1 TD
Pryor is a dynamic player that doesn’t get his hands on the ball enough. I would love to see Chryst put some more end-around plays in the offense for Pryor. When he gets the ball in his hands, good things happen.
I feel good about Pryor in this matchup. I think he will make an impact on both the ground and the air.
Prediction: 5 catches for 55 yards; 3 rushes for 36 yards
Dike got open a few times against Penn State including a potential game-winning touchdown that Mertz overthrew. Dike is going to be a big part of the offense in the future, but for now, he is sharing targets with the previous three.
Even if Mertz leaves the game early, I think Dike will stick around and get some playing time while Wolf is in.
Prediction: 4 receptions for 62 yards