RB Jacquizz Rodgers - Free Agent
|5-6, 196||Born: 2-5-1990||College: Oregon St.||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2011|
2018 Week 1 vs NO (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Rodgers mixed in to relieve Peyton Barber occasionally. He saw his first action at the end of the second quarter, catching a short screen pass for a minimal gain on his first snap. Rodgers finished with 3 touches to Barber's 19.
2018 Week 2 vs PHI (5 / 13 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Rodgers backed Barber up and had some work in the passing game catching check down passes from Fitzpatrick He caught a short pass on third and long early in the first, picking up 13 yards but missing the first down marker.
2018 Week 3 vs PIT (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Rodgers saw minimal action in relief of Barber, as the Tampa Bay offense was forced to take shots downfield after falling behind early. Rodgers had a couple of targets in the 4th quarter. His biggest play was a checkdown pass that he took for 11 yards.
2018 Week 4 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers played special teams and limited offensive snaps in relief of Barber and Jones. He did not record any offensive stats but he did recover a Ryan Fitzpatrick strip-sack fumble in the 2nd quarter.
2018 Week 7 vs CLE (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Rodgers got some snaps in at the end of the 1st half, catching a check down from Winston that got the Bucs out of their own end zone. Rodgers saw increased usage after Peyton Barber left with an undisclosed injury late in the 3rd quarter. Rodgers was on the field for most of the 4th quarter and overtime snaps, but still managed only 3 carries total and 1 target. The Bucs have not revealed the extent of Barber's injury yet.
2018 Week 8 vs CIN (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
Rodgers got some extra work with Ronald Jones leaving the game with a hamstring injury. He caught a screen pass from Winston for a short gain in the 2nd, and another from Fitzpatrick late in the 3rd. Rodgers threw a nice downfield block to help spring Fitzpatrick for an 18 yard scramble early in the 4th. Rodgers broke a couple of tackles after the catch and picked up 10 yards on a crossing route near the end of the 4th. Rodgers had one official carry for 4 yards. He also returned kickoffs.
2018 Week 9 vs CAR (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -4 / 0 rec)
Rodgers carried the ball for 15 yards in the 1st quarter on a delayed draw play that converted 3rd and 15. Rodgers caught a quick out route from the backfield for a short gain in the 2nd quarter. Rodgers took a big loss on his second reception, which was just a desperate pitch from Ryan Fitzpatrick as he was being sacked 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Rodgers bailed him out by catching the pitch, but got tackled well behind the line of scrimmage for his trouble.
2018 Week 10 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 102 / 0 rec)
Rodgers was the check down specialist in week 10, catching 8 of 8 targets for 102 yards. He worked in third down and passing situations and only carried the ball once for no gain. Rodgers caught a check down pass from Fitzpatrick in the 2nd quarter for a short gain on his first target of the day. A scrambling Fitzpatrick flipped him the ball later in the drive, and Rodgers scampered downfield for a conversion on 3rd and 8. Fitzpatrick ran ahead of him and threw a nice block on the play after flipping him the ball. Rodgers piled up receiving yards when Tampa Bay got the ball back with 20 seconds left in the 1st half- he caught 3 consecutive dump off passes that went for big gains with the Washington secondary backed up in prevent coverage. Fitzpatrick hit him on an out route in the 4th quarter for another big gain up the left sideline. Rodgers killed the same drive with a fumble. He had just secured another check down pass in the red zone when a defender punched the ball out and up into the air, where it flew over 10 yards into the end zone and was recovered by Washington.
2018 Week 11 vs NYG (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers got limited work behind Peyton Barber. He was featured at the end of the 2nd quarter as the Bucs ran a 2 minute offense. Rodgers broke an 11 yard run on a draw play on 3rd and long.
2018 Week 12 vs SF (5 / 31 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Rodgers had a productive day backing up Peyton Barber throughout the contest. He picked up 31 yards rushing on 5 touches and 31 yards receiving on 5 targets(4 catches). Rodgers burst up the middle of the defense for a 20 yard scamper early in the 4th quarter. Rodgers made a nice catch on a check down pass from a scrambling Winston to convert 3rd and 5 in the 1st quarter. He secured another short check down pass on 3rd and long early in the 2nd quarter. Winston continued to target him with another short out route on the next drive of the 2nd quarter. Rodgers hauled in one final short check down at the end of the 1st half.
2018 Week 14 vs NO (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Rodgers took his first carry up the middle for 10 yards in the 2nd quarter. He logged a couple more carries on the same drive. Rodgers caught a checkdown pass from Winston for 5 yards during the last of minutes of the 1st half. Rodgers pulled in several checkdown passes at the end of the 4th quarter that went for big gains as the Saints sat back in prevent defense with a two touchdown lead.
2018 Week 15 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Rodgers mixed in with Barber and Jones. He caught a screen pass and was tackled at the line of scrimmage in the 3rd quarter on his only touch.
2018 Week 16 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 1 rush, 7 / 7 / 55 / 0 rec)
Rodgers had a productive fantasy day with limited touches. He only carried the ball twice behind Peyton Barber, but he punched in a 2 yard touchdown with one of them and also hauled in all seven targets in the passing game. Rodgers' entered the game during the Bucs' second offensive drive of the first quarter, hauling in his first target for a short gain on a checkdown pass. Rodgers caught another checkdown pass in the 2nd that picked up good yardage on 3rd and 18, but not quite enough for the first down. Rodgers notched the touchdown at the end of the 1st half as the Bucs were running the 2 minute offense. Winston scrambled down to the two yard line with less than a minute in the 2nd quarter, and Rodgers plowed up the middle for the score on the next play. Rodgers converted 4th and 2 with another checkdown pass from Winston in the 3rd quarter. Rodgers nearly scored a second touchdown in the 4th quarter, when he caught a short pass in the Dallas red zone and barreled down to the two yard line. Rodgers piled up garbage time stats with three consecutive checkdown passes underneath Dallas' prevent coverage as the Bucs trailed by 14 with less than 3 minutes in the game.
2018 Week 17 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Rodgers had a mundane day backing up Barber as receivers Evans and Godwin dominated the passing game targets downfield. Rodgers caught his only target for a short gain early in the 2nd quarter.
2017 Week 2 vs CHI (19 / 67 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers got the start as Doug Martin serves out his suspension. Tampa Bay's offensive line is improving, but still struggled to open up big lanes for Rodgers, who spent most of the day pounding short runs in between the tackles. He scored on a short dive late in the 2nd quarter after a defensive holding penalty set the Bucs up inside their own 5 yard line. Rodgers received twice as many carries as his backup, Peyton Barber, and Winston did not target Rodgers in the passing game.
2017 Week 3 vs MIN (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers was a complete non-factor, as was the entire run game. Minnesota played stout run defense early, took an early lead, and capitalized on Winston's turnovers, forcing the Bucs to abandon the run. Rodgers finished with 5 carries for 15 yards and no targets in the passing game.
2017 Week 4 vs NYG (16 / 83 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Tampa Bay rode Rodgers hard during the rainy 1st quarter. He bounced a run off right tackle and sprinted down inside the Giants' 10 yard line for a 36 yard gain, setting up a touchdown pass to Mike Evans on the next play. Rodgers plowed through the wet conditions for 83 yards on 16 carries, outpacing other backs Sims(1 carry) and Barber(2) by a wide margin. Doug Martin returns from suspension next week. Rodgers caught 2 of 3 targets for 25 yards total.
2017 Week 5 vs NE (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Rodgers lined up in the backfield for Tampa Bay's first offensive drive of the game, but quickly took a backseat to Martin. He reappeared for a few snaps in the 3rd quarter. Rodgers carried the ball just three times and secured his only target of the day, a swing route out of the backfield for a nice gain.
2017 Week 6 vs ARI (3 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Rodgers didn't log his first carry until the beginning of the 4th, getting stuffed twice on inside runs from the Arizona 10 yard line. He caught his lone pass target, a dumpoff out of the backfield late in the 4th quarter deep in Arizona territory. Rodgers got his final carry from the 2 yard line on the next play, but he was stuffed. Doug Martin scored on the next play.
2017 Week 7 vs BUF (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Rodgers entered the game on the Bucs second offensive drive, catching a screen and following his blockers for a 9 yard gain. He picked up the 1st down with a 2 yard carry on the next play, but the 2 touches were his only of the day as Martin dominated the backfield with Sims subbing in for passing work occasionally.
2017 Week 8 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
Rodgers logged a few snaps early in the 2nd quarter. He was targeted on a screen pass that was blown up behind the line of scrimmage by Luke Kuechly for a loss. Rodgers carried the ball once for a gain of a yard later in the 3rd quarter.
2017 Week 9 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers was active but did not see any offensive snaps as Tampa Bay gave Peyton Barber a shot to showcase his skill set. Rodgers did see the field on special teams, recording a couple of solo tackles.
2017 Week 10 vs NYJ (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers entered the game during a long 1st quarter drive, relieving Doug Martin for a few snaps after the offense extended the drive with several 3rd down conversions. Rodgers carried the ball a couple more times late in the 4th quarter, finishing with 3 carries total and no targets.
2017 Week 11 vs MIA (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers only saw the field for one offensive drive in the 3rd quarter, carrying the ball once for a minimal gain. He also returned kickoffs, averaging 26.5 yards on his two returns.
2017 Week 12 vs ATL (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Fitzy targeted Rodgers out of the backfield late in the 1st quarter, but overthrew the short back. Rodgers hauled in a screen pass later in the 2nd for a short gain. Rodgers took over in the backfield briefly when Martin left with a concussion in the 2nd quarter, picking up several first down runs at the end of the first half. Tampa Bay went to Peyton Barber for two goal line touchdown runs after halftime. Rodgers resurfaced after Barber's two touchdown carries for a few more totes late in the 4th quarter, finishing his day with a team high 8 carries.
2017 Week 13 vs GB (3 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers started behind Peyton Barber, returning kicks and seeing minimal snaps on offense as Barber piled up yardage. Rodgers entered the game midway through the 2nd quarter for a short carry. He picked up the majority of his yards on a 19 yard carry right up the middle at the end of the 3rd quarter, and was not targeted in the passing game.
2017 Week 14 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers was active but did not play any offensive snaps. He returned kickoffs, averaging 20 yards per return on three returns.
2017 Week 15 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers did not see any snaps on offense, even after Peyton Barber lost a costly fumble inside the Atlanta 5 yard line. Rodgers returned kicks, with a long return of 45 yards in the 3rd quarter.
2017 Week 16 vs CAR (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers was the second halfback in the game after Barber, carrying the ball once for 2 yards on the Bucs' second offensive drive of the game. He disappeared after that, with Charles Sims fielding the only kickoff return.
2017 Week 17 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Rodgers entered the game on offense in the 2nd quarter, catching a halfback screen for a 15 yard gain on his first target of the day. He collected one more short reception and did not carry the ball in week 17.
2016 Week 2 vs ARI (2 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers saw some action in the 2nd half of the game, coming in to relieve Charles Sims after Doug Martin left with a hamstring injury. He picked up 5 yards up the middle on his first carry of the game, then ripped off a 24 yard run on a pitch to the right side of the field two plays later. Rodgers was targeted once out of the backfield by a scrambling Winston, but the ball was overthrown.
2016 Week 3 vs LA (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Rodgers saw some limited work in relief of Charles Sims, and had a few nice runs. He picked up a 3rd down conversion in the 2nd quarter on 3rd and 1 and followed it up with an 8 yard reception on the next play, his only target of the day. Rodgers did get a couple of goal-line snaps, but was used primarily as a decoy for play-action plays. Rogers also returned kickoffs in Cecil Shorts' absence.
2016 Week 4 vs DEN (6 / 25 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Rodgers entered the game late in the 1st quarter in relief of Sims, and broke his first carry for the Bucs' biggest run of the day, 12 yards right up the middle. Rodgers had an even bigger run later in the 2nd quarter that converted 3rd and 8, but the play was negated by a holding penalty. Rogers finished the day with 6 carries for 25 yards, and caught 1 of 2 targets for 4 yards.
2016 Week 5 vs CAR (30 / 101 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)
Rodgers carried the load at running back for the Bucs in Doug Martin and Charles Sims' absence. Tampa Bay appeared committed to running the ball and eating up clock with extended drives all night. He carried the rock 30 times, getting 6 straight carries to start the game out for the Bucs. Rodgers was fairly effective against Carolina's stout front 7, picking up 2 first downs with those first 6 carries and setting up the play action passing game for Winston. Rodgers got all the carries he could handle during the 1st quarter as the Bucs ran him again and again. He regularly converted 1st downs and did a great job of taking what was given to him by the stout Carolina D-line and linebackers. Rodgers continued to carry the load late into the 4th quarter, picking up a crucial 3rd down conversion on the Bucs' game winning drive with a catch out of the backfield. He also picked up another 1st down run and another 15 yards by drawing a facemask penalty from Panthers DE Kony Ealy. In addition to his 30 carries, Rodgers secured 5 of his 6 targets in the passing game for 28 yards.
2016 Week 7 vs SF (26 / 154 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Rodgers was hot out of the gate, ripping off runs of 5, 11, and 11 yards on Tampa Bay's first three offensive plays of the game. Rodgers continued to collect impressive gains, racking up 48 yards total in the 1st quarter as the Bucs' offensive line got a great push on the San Francisco front 7. Rodgers ripped off a 45 yard run straight up the middle during the 2nd quarter, stopping and starting on a dime to make several defenders miss. He continued to consistently run the ball for 5 or more yards per carry the entire game, racking up 154 yards on until finally being spelled by Peyton Barber for the last two drives. Rodgers is small but dense and strong, and runs with the same low center of gravity that makes Doug Martin hard to tackle. He's been a great fit for this offense. Antone Smith picked up some of Rodgers' snaps in the passing game. Rodgers managed 1 target, which he caught for 9 yards.
2016 Week 8 vs OAK (19 / 69 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Rodgers failed to eclipse 100 yards for the first time in 3 weeks, gathering 69 yards on 19 carries. Rodgers received the majority of snaps in the backfield until going down with a foot injury just before overtime. He punched a goal-line touchdown in late in the 4th quarter to give Tampa Bay the lead. Rodgers caught his only target of the day for a 9 yard gain. He is expected to miss this week's Thursday night game, and the Bucs have resigned former RB Mike James as insurance for Smith and Barber in the backfield.
2016 Week 13 vs SD (7 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Rodgers returned from injury and spelled Doug Martin occasionally, logging most of his carries in the 2nd half of the game, including 4 on the final clock-killing drive. He totaled 29 yards on 7 carries. Rodgers caught a wheel route out of the backfield and took it down the right sideline for a gain of 21 in the 4th quarter on his only target in the passing game.
2016 Week 14 vs NO (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers saw extremely limited action in the wake of Martin and Sims' return to the Tampa Bay backfield. He logged a few snaps in the 2nd half of the game and carried the ball twice for no gain. It looks like Rodgers is back to a backup role as long as his backfield mates are healthy.
2016 Week 16 vs NO (15 / 63 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Tampa Bay's coaching staff elected to bench Doug Martin in favor of a healthy Rodgers. The move seemed to payoff. Rodgers, who is built similarly to Martin with a short, thick stature, made decisive cuts and took what the defense gave him, instead of dancing in the hole like Martin is prone to do. Rodgers started out hot, taking his first carry of the game off left tackle for a 14 yard gain. He carried the ball 4 consecutive times to start the game before Winston ever dropped back to pass. Rodgers got a couple of consecutive carries on the goal line in the 3rd quarter when a penalty set the Bucs up on the New Orleans 5 yard line. Rodgers punched it in on the second attempt, churning his legs and applying great leverage with his shorter frame. Rodgers finished the day with 15 carries for 63 yards. Rodgers caught a checkdown pass out of the backfield on his first target of the day for a 3 yard gain. He caught his second target in the 3rd quarter, leaking out of the backfield and catching the ball in the flats for a 12 yard gain.
2016 Week 17 vs CAR (17 / 75 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Rodgers led the Tampa Bay backfield with the majority of the backfield snaps, toting the rock 17 times total. He carried the ball 15 yards on Tampa Bay's first snap of the game. Rodgers ripped off a 26 yard run off right tackle, his longest of the day, during Tampa Bay's second drive of the 1st quarter. Rodgers peeled off another 17 yard run early in the 4th quarter, finishing the day with 75 yards. Rodgers caught a short checkdown pass for a gain of 4 yards in the 3rd quarter, his only pass target of the day.
2015 Week 1 vs GB (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers rushed the ball four times against the Packers. For now, Rodgers likely will be the go-to No. 2 back, mostly because of his versatility.
2014 Week 1 vs NO (6 / 34 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
The changeup to Steven Jackson earned roughly half the looks as the Falcons starter and he came close to scoring two touchdowns as the Atlanta version of Pierre Thomas. His first opportunity was a shovel pass in the red zone where he broke a tackle and reached the opposite flat before dropped inside the two, setting up a back-shoulder fade to Roddy White. Rodgers' best play was a 17-yard touchdown run where safety Kenny Vaccaro was too aggressive with his angle and Rodgers leaned on his oft-used spin move to work free. Despite these fine plays, the quality performances from Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman in limited time may limit Rodgers' opportunities as long as Steven Jackson remains healthy, too.
2014 Week 2 vs CIN (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers began the game with a 3rd and 2 swing pass to the left flat where he tried to make too many moves one-on-one and got stuffed short of the first down. Fortunately, a defensive holding call bailed out Rodgers' immature decision making. This was his only target of the game. The rest of Rodgers' workload included a three-yard gain of right guard in the second series; a nice cut to sidestep penetration in the hole on the following play for nine yards; and then a few more runs for a total of 18 yards. Rodgers hit the holes well, but one has to wonder why Steven Jackson didn't earn these carries on interior plays because he demonstrated more power and burst.
2014 Week 3 vs TB (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Rodgers remained the second-string back and he continues seeing looks in the red zone from shotgun formations. Atlanta loves to use Rodgers on short perimeter routes, shovel passes, and draws. Unfortunately, Rodgers' usage doesn't dictate that he has fantasy upside as much as it limits Steven Jackson's. Rodgers is essentially in a three-way split with Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith as the secondary runner. Rodgers has the least amount of ability, but the most experience and best role as the red zone option on passing downs.
2014 Week 4 vs MIN (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Rodgers's best play was a 2nd and 27 reception to the right flat that he took for 10 yards, but he negated the play after shoving Robert Blanton after the play and was called for a personal foul. Look for Rodgers to continue earning red zone opportunities from likely pass alignments, but the game scripts thus far are limiting Rodgers to no more than 5-7 touches.
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.
2014 Week 8 vs DET (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Rodgers didn't see time in first half at all. His first carry came in fourth quarter and it only earned two with a spin outside penetration to the edge of the tackle washing down the interior line. He was a non-factor and his roled seemed to be usurped by Devonta Freeman this week
2014 Week 10 vs TB (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
The reserve had 3 touches for 12 yards. His best play came on a short dump-off to the left flat for three yards--and not due to the catch, but his wherewithal to fight free of the defender trying to hold Rodgers down to end the half. Rodgers fought free and handed the ball to the referee to give Atlanta just enough time to make a field goal at the end of the quarter. Jackson remains the best fantasy option on the Falcons' running back depth chart.
2014 Week 11 vs CAR (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
The little man caught a quick flat route for 4 yards where he made a nice catch over the shoulder and away from the line of scrimmage on the third series of the game. A few plays later he earned three yards off left guard. This was the type of non-descript, unimpressive work Rodgers did this week.
2014 Week 12 vs CLE (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 11 / 1 rec)
With Antone Smith lost for the season with a broken leg, Rodgers earned a few more opportunities and made good with them. He had a tough run up left guard for seven yards to reach the 10 while backed up in their own end zone, showing nice pad level and leg drive to finish for a few more yard. He also earned seven on 2nd and 18 with a run up the middle and later scored with a shovel pass to up the middle for an eight-yard gain. This is likely the best one can expect from Rodgers unless another runner gets hurt.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs NO (11 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Rodgers fumbled a third and one pitch play near midfield after Atlanta earned an interception. This fumble set up a fourth and short that Atlanta did not go for. He displayed good second effort after bouncing off his own blocker on second and short, earning a first down to begin the second half. Rodgers made a nice cutback on the next play for a seven-yard gain up the right side after almost getting hung up at the line of scrimmage. In the middle of the third quarter he broke more tackles for a five-yard gain up the middle in mid third quarter. He might see more time next week of Steven Jackson's quadriceps isn't as minor as the team initially reports, but expect the Falcons to review the tape and give more time to rookie Devonta Freeman first.
2014 Week 17 vs CAR (9 / 44 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
The reserve got the start, but he split time with Devonta Freeman. Neither were effective when this game counted. Rodgers earned tough yards, but for small gains after contact and this isn't the hallmark of his style. He was targeted frequently underneath, but those catches didn't yield big gains, either. He also dropped a 3rd and 7 check down when Luke Kuechly nailed Rodgers in the back on a high throw. Rodgers ran hard, but the Falcons got behind early and by the second half this game was open and the offensive line was a shambles and his best production was garbage yards.
2013 Week 1 vs NO (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Rodgers was ineffective between the tackles, but his opportunities were limited and the Saints got enough penetration force Rodgers to make adjustments before reaching the line of scrimmage. Although the Falcons made a good second-half adjustment to feature Steven Jackson on screens, Rodgers was on the field on multiple red zone plays in passing situations and it appears he's an established part of this package. Look for more screen passes to the running backs due to Roddy White's high ankle sprain and the offensive line struggles, but Steven Jackson did well enough with his targets that Rodgers will likely remain a backup with limited looks in the lineup. It's also worth noting that Jason Snelling earned two targets in this game and out-produced Rodgers.
2013 Week 2 vs STL (11 / 17 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Rodgers was most effective in the passing game. He gained 16 yards in the first half on a quick screen to the left flat that was the same type of play as the Detroit Lions used to spring Reggie Bush for the long touchdown in the opening week against the Vikings. Rodgers cut inside his linemen for a nice gain and might have scored if he were a more powerful runner. He was hit by a glancing blow by the defensive back across his body and it stopped Rodgers' momentum and allowed the pursuit to catch the runner. Rodgers set up a Steven Jackson touchdown pass on this opening drive with a quick check-down to the flat that put the Falcons at the six. However, once Jackson left the game with a thigh bruise, Rodgers was unable to produce on the ground. One reason was the offensive line, which did not open enough creases or prevent defensive penetration for much of the day. Rodgers gained three yards on his first three carries and Atlanta effectively abandoned the ground game by the middle of the second quarter. Rodgers'quickness wasn't enough to bounce plays outside with this struggling unit in front of him, either. He lost four in the second half trying to bounce a run outside. When the Falcons squandered it's commanding first-half lead, the coaching staff opted to use fullback/running back 'tweener Jason Snelling with greater success. The most telling play that illustrated this changing dynamic was a third-and-one play just inside the two-minute warning where the team used Rodgers in an offset I-formation but faked the ball to the back and targeted the fullback Snelling on a flat route for the first down. Don't be surprised if Rodgers splits time with Snelling if Jackson does not return next week.
2013 Week 3 vs MIA (18 / 86 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Rodgers had a career-high 86 yards on 18 carries and the overriding positive of the back's performance was his second effort. He routinely bounced off the first hit or spun free of the first wrap to get extra yards. However, much of the first half's yardage came against a Dolphins' line that was trying to use run stunts and they stunted themselves out of position repeatedly. This might have been a reflection of Miami's lack of confidence in its line because it was missing both Cameron Wake and Paul Soliai. However, once the line stopped using run stunts it was more effective in the late third and early fourth quarter against the run. Even so, Rodgers still found nice gains inside that the Falcons haven't seen in in the first two weeks. Keep this in mind before gaining confidence in Rodgers, who was stuffed in short yardage and still wasn't as effective on a carry-to-carry basis as Jason Snelling despite leading the Falcons today in rushing yards.
2013 Week 4 vs NE (7 / 32 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
In contrast to Snelling's attempts against the Patriots, Rodgers' benefited from bigger holes. Whereas defenses tend to key on Snelling more as a short-yardage back and get fooled by his use in the passing game, it's the opposite for Rodgers. The third-year back was used in short yardage a couple of times in this game and he was decisive and productive. Rodgers also had an 18-yard gain on a draw play where he bounced the run to the right flat once he reached the second level, but left tackle Sam Baker was called for a holding foul and this was one of two consecutive Baker penalties that put the Falcons in the hole. The Patriots' offense earning touchdowns versus the Falcons making field goals eventually forced Atlanta away from the ground game and both Rodgers and Snelling were not factors. Steven Jackson expects to earn clearance for contact this week, which means Rodgers will be splitting time with the veteran free agent as the change of pace rather than the lead back partnered with Snelling.
2013 Week 5 vs NYJ (14 / 43 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)
Rodgers opened the game with a seven-yard-gain behind a nice double-team and lead block by journeyman fullback Patrick DiMarco. But for every good run during the first three quarters of this game, there seemed to be 2-3 runs for minimal gains or losses due to the push that the Jets' line got at will against Falcons' right guard Garrett Reynolds. Rodgers' best efforts came in the Falcons' hurry-up offense when the Jets had a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and they were no longer stuffing the box to stop the ground game. Rodgers scored on a 20-yard draw play during this phase of the game. While Matt Ryan deserves a lot of credit for the pre snap read, Rodgers made two nice cuts through a large hole up the middle to bounce the play to the left flat once he hit the second level and this earned the runner the touchdown. Rodgers also scored off left tackle late in the third quarter, thanks to a fine block at the edge of this unbalanced formation by Tony Gonzalez. Overall, Rodgers looked good in space or when the Falcons won the battle up front. However, this didn't happen enough when the Jets actually played the run with true intent to minimize this aspect of the offense late. Steven Jackson is slated to return after the bye week.
2013 Week 7 vs TB (8 / 16 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 46 / 2 rec)
Rodgers scored twice in this game, both times as a receiver. The first was from the slot on a flat route as part of the twin side of an empty shotgun alignment. Rodgers executed a sharp break under the outside receiver's route, caught the target with the coverage trailing him, and then gained most of the 19 yards after the catch for the score - dragging a defender the final five yards. Rodgers' second score came on a short dump-off in the red zone near the line of scrimmage, gaining eight yards for the touchdown. This run after the catch included a slick juke of the linebacker in the middle of the field. Rodgers saw an even split in runs and targets in this game, but he was far more effective in the passing game because the Buccaneers' linebacker Lavonte David wreaked havoc against the ground game all day. David penetrated the Falcons' offensive line and when he didn't stuff Rodgers behind the line of scrimmage, he was running down the back in pursuit before Rodgers could earn positive yards. Rodgers' best gains in this game came on pitch plays. However, Atlanta's offensive line remains the team's greatest weakness overall.
2013 Week 8 vs ARI (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Rodgers provided some glimpses of skill as a changeup on passing downs, including a six-yard gain off left tackle to get inside the Cardinals 15 in the second quarter. That was three-quarters of his production on the ground and half of his workload thanks to the Cardinals earning an early lead and playing aggressive defense that eliminated the Falcons' ability to maintain a ground game. If the Falcons aren't careful, its offensive coaches could create a predictable scenario for the ground game based on when and how they use its personnel. This is especially the case with Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers.
2013 Week 9 vs CAR (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 25 / 0 rec)
Rodgers' contributions were up and down in this game, but they weren't enough for a significant day in the box score. He began contest getting stuffed for a one-yard gain in the open field on a flat route where linebacker Luke Kuechly nailed the running back. This was probably his worst play of the day. His best was a terrific cutback to the backside tackle for a 10-yard gain in the third quarter. In between, Rodgers was targeted on multiple third downs as a runner and receiver, but outside of a four-yard gain for a first down, he didn't convert enough to help the Falcons move the chains. Rodgers played well; he just didn't play enough and targets didn't come on high-impact plays.
2013 Week 10 vs SEA (3 / 31 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)
Rodgers has benefited from earning touches against defenses that have focused on stopping Steven Jackson. His success on draws, delays, screens, and even traditional runs are often on passing downs. When Rodgers gets the ball, he demonstrates a nice combination of patience and burst to wait for his blocks to set up and then get as much as he can down hill. For example, he demonstrated a great stutter and burst up the middle in the third quarter for an 11-yard gain. Rodgers shared time with Jackson and Jason Snelling in this game and there are no indications on the field that this will change anytime soon.
2013 Week 11 vs TB (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Rodgers gained four yards on an 11 personnel run on 2nd and 2 off right guard to get to the Buccaneers 23 but then was stuffed on the next play by Adrian Clayborn. On the play after, Matt Ryan targeted Rodgers on a crossing route but the pass was high and Lavonte David had excellent coverage. Other than these three opportunities in the series Rodgers was limited to one catch for eight yards and a few more runs for a total yardage day of 30. The Buccaneers were ready for Rodgers on short passes so Matt Ryan looked elsewhere.
2013 Week 12 vs NO (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Jackson earned most of the looks, but Rodgers gets his opportunities in shotgun alignments on passing downs. He gained 23 yards on a release to the left flat where he caught the ball and earned nice blocks from Darius Johnson and Tony Gonzalez. However, this was by far his best look of the night and only earned 38 total yards on five touches in this contest.
2013 Week 13 vs BUF (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Rodgers' best run of his four carries for 12 yards was a 9-yard draw through the right side of the line with some good change of direction to weave through the defense. His only reception was an 11-yard screen behind the right side of the Falcons line for a first down in the second half. Otherwise, Rodgers was a distant second in touches for RBs to Steven Jackson's total of 24. With Antone Smith's big-play ability, Rodgers might be hearing conversation about a training camp competition with the former Florida State back in 2014.
2013 Week 14 vs GB (7 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Rodgers had two nice runs in this game, making defenders miss in the backfield to turn potential losses into quality gains. However, his touches come only as a change of pace option on screens, dump-offs, and mostly draws from the shotgun.
2013 Week 15 vs WAS (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Rodgers best play was a 11-yard gain where he took the ball inside right tackle and then spun to make a defender miss in the second level to get the first down. Although he earned 15 yards in the first half to set up a 3rd and three on a 2nd and long dump off, Rodgers' most notable plays might have come as a return man where he had a 33-yard return in the first half. Even if Steven Jackson gets hurt, its likely Rodgers will split red zone looks with Jason Snelling and it places a cap on Rodgers' fantasy value.
2013 Week 16 vs SF (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Rodgers returned kicks in this game and had an eight-yard gain off LG in the first half through a nice lane where he cut inside a defender at the second level for about half of that yardage. Rodgers also had 15 yards on 3 catches, but there was a short catch on a second half screen where Rodgers lowered his pads into Aldon Smith and inadvertently rammed his helmet into Smith's. Rodgers was out with a head injury and tested for a concussion. Steven Jackson earned a majority of the snaps from that point on.
2012 Week 1 vs KC (7 / 22 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Rodgers biggest play of the day came on a 77 yard kickoff return where he showed great burst to get to the second level. One things that Rodgers has obviously improved upon is hitting the hole harder, and there were far fewer times that he was caught dancing behind the line. There was an obvious difference in pace when Rodgers came into the game and he also showed good hands catching two balls out of the backfield. Linebackers will have a very difficult time covering him out of the backfield.
2012 Week 2 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers was used in different ways by the Falcons, but remains only a bit-part piece of the offense. He lined up at receiver at one point, but the ball never came his way. His first carry went for a one yard gain when the offensive line gave him nothing to work with and he broke outside. Rodgers actually did well to get anything out of the play as it looked dead from the outset. His second carry was similar to his first, as the defense took away any avenues for him to run through. This time however, a defender on the outside prevented Rodgers from even getting one yard with his speed on the edge. Rodgers nearly made an outstanding one handed reception on a wheel route over Joe Mays, but couldn't coral the ball with Rahim Moore arriving. It was an athletic play that was unfortunate not to come together.
2012 Week 3 vs SD (10 / 32 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 35 / 1 rec)
Early in the game, it appeared there may be something of a changing of the guard going on in the Atlanta backfield. Michael Turner looked slow and uninspiring, and Rodgers was pretty much matching Turner in terms of total touches. He also looked much better, showing excellent balance in open space and fighting for extra yardage. Rodgers was hit by San Diego defenders but always seemed able to move forward. He even added a touchdown reception on a quick catch over the middle, fighting at the end of that as well to get into the end zone. But by the second half, the Falcons again began leaning on Turner to run down the clock and provide the rushing attack. It has been pretty typical for Atlanta to rotate the two backs, but with Turner's goal line abilities it may be difficult for Rodgers to become a regular scoring threat.
2012 Week 4 vs CAR (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Jacquizz Rodgers took a backseat to the Michael Turner show in this contest, although he looks a lot more dynamic in tight spaces. The downside, from what Rodgers' carries showed on film, is that he is often taken down on first contact. He did manage to break a tackle once or twice, but he is a back who operates much better in open space. He showed good vision on a cutback run, carrying it for 10 yards. What stands in Rodgers' favour is his use on third down; Atlanta are trusting him more and more to pass protect and be an outlet receiver for Matt Ryan. With Atlanta's pass-centric offense, Rodgers is certain to see plenty of touches come his way. This particular game was not one in which Rodgers thrived, however.
2012 Week 5 vs WAS (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
The versatile halfback split time with both Jason Snelling and Michael Turner in the backfield, though he did not stuff the box score. Rodgers' live-wire agility and pass-catching ability certainly fit the no-huddle, pass-heavy offense the Falcons implemented before the 2012 season. However, the second-year man from Oregon State simply did not have his number called that much by the Falcons. Rodgers carried the ball one time for two yards and chipped in one reception for eight yards. He actually lost targets to Michael Turner, oddly enough. Rodgers was also the intended recipient of a Matt Ryan screen pass that Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan snatched out of midair and ran back for a touchdown.
2012 Week 6 vs OAK (2 / -2 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Jacquizz Rodgers had 2 carries for -2 yards along with 3 catches for 21 yards. Curiously, the Falcons let him try a 3rd and 1, which he got swarmed on the play and ended up with negative yardage. He was utilized exactly as he has been in the first quarter of the season; as a change of pace, pass catching option.
2012 Week 8 vs PHI (8 / 60 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 20 / 0 rec)
The second year teacup halfback had his best game of the 2012 season on the road against the Eagles. While it is clear the Falcons want to get Rodgers more involved in their up-tempo, pass-first offense, the Oregon State product has had difficulty getting it going on the field. Rodgers showcased why the Falcons were right to keep the faith, getting thirteen total touches and leading all Falcons running backs in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. The second-year running back chewed up significant turf on his longest run of the season, a forty-three yard scamper in which he eluded multiple would-be tacklers and exhibited some near-prescient field vision.
2012 Week 9 vs DAL (3 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
- Rodgers was used to complement Michael Turner as the Falcons ran wild over the Cowboys on Sunday night. Rodgers was on the field for many third down plays and plays from the shotgun. He ran mostly draws and delayed handoffs. Rodgers had four receptions on five targets including his best play. Rodgers' best play came on third down in the fourth quarter. On the play, Rodgers swung out wide right for a quick screen. The closing Cowboys linebacker overran the play as Rodgers planted and cut upfield for a 31 yard gain. The play converted a third down that led to a field goal, essentially snuffing out any chance the Cowboys had to mount a comeback.
2012 Week 10 vs NO (3 / 29 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Whereas Michael Turner's tenure as the lead back in the Falcons' offense seems to be winding down, Rodgers's time in the Atlanta machine is just getting started. There is little room for argument that the unimposing Rodgers is more Sproles than Shady, but he fits better into the Falcons' offensive philosophy than Michael Turner. The dual-threat halfback totaled sixty-two yards from scrimmage on a meager seven touches. Rodgers' best play through the air came on a Matt Ryan checkdown in which the sophomore halfback snatched out of the air, and changed direction after the catch for a fifteen yard gain. His best play on the ground was an ankle-breaking cutback run that came after bouncing to the outside, an eighteen yard gain that set up the Falcons at first-and-ten inside the New Orleans red zone. Turner is likely to remain the beast that the Falcons feed the ball, but Rodgers is easily the more dynamic player with the ball in space. It would behoove Falcons' Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter to allocate more touches to Rodgers over Turner at this point in the season.
2012 Week 11 vs ARI (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
Jacquizz Rodgers got just as many touches on the ground as he did through the air and is arguably more valuable in the passing game. Rodgers got most of his catches on check down passes as QB Ryan went through his progressions but Rodgers has the quickness to make one man miss and pick up more yards than a lot of players. Rodgers even showed great awareness of the ball as he caught a tipped pass that shot in the air and prevented a possible turnover. He is a terrific option on third down as he has the speed to pick up short distances. Rodgers was less of a factor on the ground as Arizona swarmed to the football consistently and prevented him from getting to the outside for a big play. He is short but therefore difficult to tackle and has speed that forces defenders to take wide angles to ensure he does not run away from them. Unfortunately, RB Turner is still the #1 and goal line RB in this offense and will always limit the number of touches Rodgers receives.
2012 Week 12 vs TB (10 / 49 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
After Michael Turner opened the game with two uninspired carries up the middle, the Falcons pitched the ball to Rodgers who cutback through some good blocking and accelerated downfield for a 15 yard gain. The Falcons went straight back to Rodgers with a pitch to the opposite side when he gained four yards. With his third carry in a row, Rodgers sidestepped two defenders on a cutback before diving forward for a 10 yard gain and a first down. Rodgers' only two negative plays on the opening drive came when the defense swarmed the line of scrimmage and Ryan threw him a pass when a screen play had been easily read by two defenders. Rodgers was sidelined for much of the second drive, save for a play or two in pass protection, before he received another handoff designed to go outside. This time the Buccaneers were alive to it's threat and two defenders met him behind the line of scrimmage. Two plays later, in the redzone, the Buccaneers came straight back to Rodgers with the same pitch that gained him 15 yards on his first carry. This time he only gained five yards, but danced inside the pylon for an easy touchdown. Rodgers opened the third drive in the backfield but was stopped with his first carry by a free defender at the line of scrimmage. He came back in the third quarter, after Jason Snelling took his snaps before the end of the half and the Falcons opened the third quarter with an 80 yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones. Rodgers' first carry of the drive went for just two yards as he cut back to find a hole in a well defended play. Down by six in the fourth quarter, the Falcons started the drive with Rodgers over Turner and instantly benefited. Ryan threw his first pass to him in the flat, before Rodgers turned into space, evaded two defenders and sprinted down the field for a 30+ yard gain. When the Falcons were looking to run some clock, they looked to Rodgers instead of Turner as he opened their final drive with a big 12 yard carry on a cut back. A short two yard gain by Turner was followed by a pitch to Rodgers that went nowhere.
2012 Week 13 vs NO (8 / 43 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -4 / 0 rec)
Rodgers' first two carries were stretches to the left when he showed good awareness to cutback behind his blocking and run down the field for first downs. Rodgers was involved early on as the Falcons pitched the ball to him going right. Rodgers cutback well again, but the Saints limited him to a three yard gain. Rodgers was given another pitch towards the sideline, but this time the Saints flew towards the football and stopped him for a one yard loss. The Saints were able to be more aggressive because it was in the redzone. A pitch to the right was stuffed by the Saints behind the line of scrimmage. Rodgers was barely used before taking a draws up the middle for just two yards with seven minutes left in the game. Rodgers caught a check down over the middle, but was stopped after two yards again by aggressive defense. Curtis Lofton read a screen pass to Rodgers on the following play, when he tackled him for a six yard loss.
2012 Week 14 vs CAR (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 43 / 0 rec)
Jacquizz Rodgers looked like the most dynamic back in the Atlanta backfield in this game, as he has demonstrated in the past. Despite his lack of opportunity, Rodgers managed to gain positive yardage on almost every play, and was especially adept at yards after first contact. Running between the tackles is a skill that Rodgers possesses in droves; he is not afraid to shoot through a hole, even if a LB is waiting to de-cleat him. As the Carolina defense keyed in on the pass in the second half, Rodgers took advantage with some nice gains on draws and screens. His elusiveness is quite something to behold, and he seems to be steadily improving his pass protection.
2012 Week 15 vs NYG (11 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jacquizz Rodgers got a lot of carries on the ground in an attempt to spell RB Turner but was not able to accomplish much on the ground. The Falcons did most of their damage through the air and the Giants somewhat stout against the smaller RB Rodgers. For most of the game, Rodgers struggled to get out of the backfield and was frequently met at the line of scrimmage if he did manage. Rodgers biggest play came on a screen pass, as he was able to use his quickness to burst down the sideline for a chunk of yards. Rodgers is quick but does not possess breakaway speed. Rodgers does not have the power that Turner once had but is a nice change of pace back that can run outside/catch screens out of the backfield but has many limitations as a RB overall.
2012 Week 16 vs DET (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Jacquizz Rodgers spelled Turner throughout the game. Atlanta's offensive line had trouble creating running lanes, so Rodgers did not have much space. Rodgers was given the lone goal line carry, but failed to score.
2012 Week 17 vs TB (5 / 28 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 50 / 0 rec)
Rodgers was the clear lead running back in Atlanta's comeback effort against Tampa Bay this week. He had 13 touches to Turner and Snelling's total of 10. After just two receptions over the past two games, Rodgers had his highest passing game volume of the season with eight receptions on as many targets. With 53 receptions on the year, Rodgers finished with the fourth-most of all running backs. He showed his elusiveness when getting space to operate at the second-level. On just one of his touches was he able to make the first defender miss. That rushing attempt for 12 yards was actually brought back by penalty. In the passing game, Rodgers showed good hands as an outlet target, but did little after the catch. On one occasion, he caught a pass just a yard short of the first down marker, but could have make his way past the line to gain. While Rodgers has been active in the passing game, the big question is if he can handle (and succeed) with a higher volume as a 1A-type of running back. From the over 200 NFL touches over two seasons, Rodgers does not look like he can sustain an offense. With Michael Turner clearly declining, it could be Jason Snelling or another running back brought in this offseason that is an early down back to complement Rodgers' preference for passing down work.
2012 Week 19 vs SEA (10 / 64 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Rodgers electrified the Georgia Dome in the Falcons' divisional matchup against the Seahawks with a forty-five yard run to close out the first quarter. With Atlanta deep in its own territory, Rodgers took the handoff from Matt Ryan and exploded out of the Falcons' offensive line and shed three tackles, annihilated Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, and sprinted downfield until Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith managed to bring him down at the Seahawks' forty-two yard line. Splitting carries with veteran running back Michael Turner, Rodgers took ten handoffs for sixty-four yards on the ground and added two catches for eight yards. With Rodgers and Turner averaging almost seven yards per carry against Seattle, the pair makes a good case for the Falcons to take a balanced approach in offensive play calling when the 49ers come to Atlanta for the NFC title game.
2012 Week 20 vs SF (10 / 32 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers was in a dead heat with Michael Turner for playing time in the first half. Turner injured his ankle in the third quarter, giving Rodgers the opportunity for a larger role, which he shared with Jason Snelling. In the second half is when Rodgers actually had some success with two nine-yard runs, breaking multiple tackles on each occasion. His best chance for a big play in the passing game came on a wheel route early in the game. The late throw killed any chance Rodgers had to haul in the potential red zone touchdown pass.
2011 Week 1 vs CHI (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Rodgers had no success running the ball in his debut in a regular season game as a Falcon. Rodgers had a palty two carries to show his stuff running the ball and had and had no room to work with on the ground. Rodgers made more of an impact in the passing game, proving a nice check down option for Ryan when called upon. Rodgers had speed and quickness that you would expect a smaller back to have and could one day be a legitimate weapon out of the backfield but for now, there is too many other weapons in Atlanta.
2011 Week 2 vs PHI (3 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie spelled Michael Turner for a few plays gaining 17 yards in the process. He continues to impress with his speed, vision and willingness to run between the tackled despite his stature. It is likely that he would be the RB to own if Turner were to suffer an injury.
2011 Week 3 vs TB (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Was used sparingly and perhaps needs a few more touches in the offense. He looks shaky though when he is running the football almost as if he doesn't want to get tackled. Rodgers is not a bug guy so he likely is not going to be comfortable unless he is in space.
2011 Week 4 vs SEA (6 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Rodgers got four carries early in the game, but Turner is still clearly the man. The Falcons showed a lot of trust in him, sprinkling Rodgers into the game plan with regularity. He made a big play in the final quarter on a simple catch in the flat, but then he flashed some nice moves to get a 10 yard first down out of the deal.
2011 Week 5 vs GB (1 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rodgers had one 11 yard run, snaking upfield and showing off his speed. His ability to hide behind the line and squirt open for a big gain is similar to that of Darren Sproles. Why the Falcons don't use him or Snelling more in the passing game is a big mystery.
2011 Week 6 vs CAR (1 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jacquizz Rodgers' main contribution came on a toss play on third down early as he displayed good patience and a nifty jump cut to gain eight yards. Rodgers caught a short pass off PA near the goal line as he flaired out to the flat, but he came up short of the goal line.
2011 Week 9 vs IND (10 / 44 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Jacquizz Rodgers was not able to rack up many yards or even score but he showed his coaches and teammates the potential he has. Rodgers kept his legs moving on many plays and proved very difficult to bring down to the ground as would be tacklers bounced off him. Rodgers is a very short RB that taller defenders find hard to locate and gain leverage on. He is just Turner's backup right now but could easily take more carries as the season goes on and ultimately replace Turner in the long term. nice run outside. Very tough to bring down, short back that keeps legs going.
2011 Week 10 vs NO (7 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Rodgers is the backup to Turner and his fantasy value will always be limited as long as this is the case. Despite this, he continues to look very impressive as the backup. Rodgers does not go down easy when tackled and fights hard for any extra yardage. On one play Rodgers was able to make one big cut and get to the open field for a nice run. He is a good receiving threat also due to this speed and quickness, if only he had more playing time.
2011 Week 12 vs MIN (3 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Jacquizz Rodgers showed more of the great qualities we have seen all year from him. He runs with power and quickness that enables him to find a hole and power through it. Sitting behind Michael Turner however will cap his production and touches in any game. In order for Rodgers to become fantasy viable, he would need to shoot to the #1 RB on the depth chart which is not going to happen as long as RB Turner is healthy.
2011 Week 14 vs CAR (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 39 / 1 rec)
Jacquizz Rodgers got in on the act in this game, catching a touchdown pass from Ryan on a wheel route as he sneaked out of the backfield and beat the LB in coverage. Rodgers had only a couple of other touches in the game, but clearly he has unique skills that the Falcons will take advantage of eventually.
2011 Week 15 vs JAX (8 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Rodgers had a small role in the offense tonight but was not on the field on a consistent basis. Quizz displayed great lateral agility on his long run of 12 yards while getting to the outside making first defender miss then having the lower body strength to drive for extra yardage. While on the field Rodgers did great job on protections and showed great concentration on his lone reception while getting hammered behind him. The majority of his carries came late in the game while salting away the game with 8 and sometimes 9 guys in the box.
2011 Week 16 vs NO (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Rodgers lone carry of the evening was particularly bothersome, while getting the ball pitched to him Rodgers ignored a clear alley off tackle rather deciding to go outside and getting stuffed for negative yardage. Rodgers is getting on the field quite consistently which is positive he still doesn't seem to have NFL rhythm for the speed of the game, he is always going full speed and doesn't shy away from contact which is positive.
2011 Week 18 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Jacquizz Rodgers' duty was limited to third-down for the most part. The diminutive runner dropped a pass early on a 'Texas' route out of the backfield, an example of rookie nerves. Rodgers served as a trusty outlet for Ryan in the flat on check downs, but like Turner was held in check.