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RB Jacquizz Rodgers - Atlanta Falcons

5-6, 196Born: 2-5-1990College: Oregon St.Drafted: Round 5

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Week 8: vs Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Falcons' offensive line is in ruins as of Week 8 - Falcons C Peter Konz suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 7. Konz was placed on Reserve/Injured Monday, October 20 and is out for the year. Konz was the team's second-string center as starter Joe Hawley was lost for the year in Week 4. Now, they'll be turning to undrafted free agent James Stone as their starting center. It is no wonder that the running game is struggling with this patchwork line in front of the running backs - Atlanta is ranked 23rd in the NFL averaging 98.1 rushing yards per game, with six rushing scores to date. The Lions are #1 in the NFL in terms of total defense, averaging 290.3 yards allowed per game, and they are second in the NFL in terms of total points allowed, just one point behind Baltimore, at 105 given up by Detroit. Detroit ranks second in the NFL averaging 73.4 rushing yards allowed per game, with three rushing scores given out to date. New Orleans managed 23/71/0 rushing at Ford Field last week; Minnesota had 18/69/0 rushing two weeks ago. The Falcons' bevy of backs splits up the yardage pie extensively already, and against the Lions that pie is bound to be really small as discussed above - we'd avoid Steven Jackson and the others this weekend if possible.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at MIN 1 2 0 4 4 35 0 0
5 at NYG 2 10 0 2 1 5 0 0
6 vs CHI 1 7 0 1 1 2 0 0
7 at BAL 2 9 0 1 1 3 0 0
8 vs DET PROJ-Dodds 2 * * 1 * * *
8 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay 2 * * 1 * * *
8 vs DET PROJ-Bloom 1 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs NYG (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

- Rodgers earned three touches in this game. One was a five-yard gain on a third-down check-down against the Giants' defense that ran a twist up the middle to pressure Matt Ryan. Rodgers fumbled in the red zone on his only carry, a decent crease up the right hash where the trailing defensive back chopped the ball loose inside the Giants' 10. Fortunately for Rodgers, teammate Levine Toilolo recovered eh fumble. Rodgers was also targeted on second and goal with 0:15 left in the end zone, but the pass was thrown too high to the flat. His other run was snuffed out -a third-down shovel pass inside the 10, which followed Atlanta's questionable decision to go zero-receivers and run Steven Jackson to the perimeter inside the five yard-line on second down. When the defense stuffed this play, Atlanta got predictable and went to this favorite play of shoveling the ball to the scat back from the shotgun in the red zone, which the Giants' scouts must have noticed has been a tendency of the Falcons in this situation for the past three years. Rodgers did make up for his earlier fumble when Ryan threw a third-down interception to Quentin Demps. Rodgers pursued the defender and punched the ball loose, recovering the ball near midfield and giving Atlanta a chance to avoid a big mistake. Expect Rodgers to continue to see red zone looks in the shotgun unless Atlanta realizes its use has become predictable

2014 Week 6 vs CHI (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

The Falcons' No.2 back entered the game during the first series and gained five yards on a short reception over the middle from a shotgun set, setting up a 3rd and 5. He also earned a huge crease in the middle of the third quarter on 2nd and 10 for a gain of 7. This was the extent of his most productive moments. If Antone Smith has any skill as a pass protector it wouldn't be surprising if the Falcons' big-play runner supplants Rodgers in the offense for more touches.

2014 Week 7 vs BAL (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Rodgers earned a nice crease in the first half for a first down on a gain up right guard on 2nd and 3. However, this was by far his best look of the day. Rodgers saw fewer opportunities this week because Atlanta made a bigger effort to use Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman.


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RB Dynasty - 87, 71

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