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TE Richard Rodgers - Green Bay Packers

6-4, 257Born: 1-22-1992College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 3

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Week 12: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. It's sad to have to be this blunt, but through 4+ games in relief of future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley has shown little sign that he belongs starting NFL games. He's always impressed in preseason play, as the team has routinely showcased him for trade value, but looks to be in woefully over his head now that the games count. Struggling to make quick reads and holding the ball far too long on a Tom Savage level, Hundley has completed just 60.8% of his throws, with a truly pitiful 3.12 adjusted net yards per attempt (factors in sacks and interceptions). Even after he looked set to turn some kind of corner in Weeks 9 and 10, Hundley regressed badly last Sunday, taking 6 sacks and coughing up 4 turnovers in a shutout loss. There is a little fantasy utility to be mined from here: Davante Adams has emerged as his go-to target, averaging 6.7 receptions for 89.7 yards over the last 3 weeks. But it seems foolhardy to expect any kind of stability, even in that connection. This passing game looks unlikely to produce much of note until/if Rodgers returns in Week 15, and there's major implosion potential against this fierce Steelers defense. Like their run unit, the Steelers pass defense has been elite for most of the season, more so than any unit aside from that of the Jaguars. Pittsburgh is allowing the league's fourth-fewest net yards per attempt and third-fewest yards per game, and only Jacksonville has given up fewer touchdowns. Granted, the Steelers have faced an absurdly soft schedule of quarterbacks, and the last 2 good ones they've faced (Matthew Stafford and Marcus Mariota) have produced 423 and 306 yards. But it needs to be pointed out that Stafford and the Lions were shut out of the end zone, and that much of Mariota's production came on 2 long completions and in garbage time during a 40-17 game. The Steelers intercepted Mariota four times - the first game in his career with more than two picks - and allowed virtually nothing of consequence aside from those two long balls. This remains a suffocating unit, one that's iffy in coverage but stymies quarterbacks and severely disrupts their connections with receivers, even without cornerback Joe Haden. Haden's Week 11 replacement, Coty Sensabaugh, was dominant aside from the long score he allowed to Rishard Matthews. He'll have more pressure on him against Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, but it's hard to imagine underwater Packers quarterback Brett Hundley making much real noise against this unit.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
9 vs DET 33 1 5 0 0 0.5
10 at CHI 32 1 8 0 0 0.8
11 vs BAL 37 1 3 0 0 0.3
12 at PIT PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * * *
12 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * * *
12 at PIT PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Rodgers caught his sole target, a three yard catch on a short pass to the right side of the field. He did spend a significant amount of time on the field, mostly as a blocker.

2017 Week 10 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Rodgers is still behind Lance Kendricks in terms of targets, snaps and general playing time. He was on the field as a blocker for the most part.

2017 Week 9 vs DET (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Rodgers was on the field for four more snaps than Lance Kendricks was, but didn't do much with those reps. He and Kendricks were more blockers than receivers.

2017 Week 5 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Rodgers, who has rarely been on the field this year, was only on for a handful of snaps and caught one pass in the second quarter.

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Schedule

12@ Pittsburgh Steelers
13vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14@ Cleveland Browns
15@ Carolina Panthers
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17@ Detroit Lions