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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 16: at New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Atlanta prevailed 37-34 in overtime the last time these divisional rivals clashed (Week 1) - Steven Jackson had 12/53/0 rushing and 1/0/0 receiving to his credit during the game, while Jacquizz Rodgers (6/34/1 rushing and 1/1/0 receiving) found pay dirt during the game. Since early in the year, the Falcons have settled on feeding Jackson the ball 16-18 times in most contests (he's amassed 186/698/6 rushing and 19/134/0 receiving during 2014), while varying the change-of-pace duties between Rodgers (38/144/1 rushing with 25/151/1 receiving) and newcomer Devonta Freeman (54/199/0 with 25/174/1). In aggregate, the Falcons are 24th in the NFL averaging 96.7 yards rushing per game, with 10 rushing scores registered so far. The Saints' rush D averages 132.9 yards rushing allowed per game (29th in the NFL) and just over one rushing score given up per game, with 15 allowed over 14 games. One week after getting stomped 41-10 by the Panthers (40/271/2 rushing given up to Carolina) New Orleans held Chicago's Matt Forte and company to 20/125/0 as a group. This is a good matchup for Jackson and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
12 vs CLE 3 16 0 3 3 11 1 0
13 vs ARI 4 7 0 3 3 18 0 0
14 at GB 3 20 0 3 1 14 0 0
15 vs PIT 2 3 0 2 1 12 0 0
16 at NO PROJ-Dodds 3 * * 3 * * *
16 at NO PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * 3 * * *
16 at NO PROJ-Bloom 2 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs ARI (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

The third-string runner was a bit player once again. He had some decent moments, such as a five-yard gain on a dump-off over the middle where he spun off a linebacker to earn the yardage. He also earned five yards up the middle in the early fourth quarter and then followed up with decent gain to set up a third and short when he made the first man miss.

2014 Week 14 vs GB (3 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

The Falcons' change of pace runner dropped a screen to the right flat with 3:00 in the half--his first chance on the field. Rodgers earned a first down on 2nd and 1 up right guard late in the third quarter, but the run was stuffed for a loss off left guard on the next play. He displayed good acceleration up the right sideline on a quick pass on the following snap, beating the outside linebacker for the first down. Atlanta tried to cut the lead to eight with a two-point conversion attempt in the mid fourth quarter, but Rodgers could not gain the yards on a shotgun run without a lead blocker. Rodgers split the defense on a shotgun draw, working under the official in the middle of the field to reach the seven with just over three minutes left. It was a better than average day for Rodgers, but nothing substantial in the box score.

2014 Week 15 vs PIT (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Rodgers had a short gain that he had to break two tackles to earn in the second quarter and a short pass. The scat back is a supporting role player, at best who earns occasional red zone work.

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Schedule

16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers