Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:26pm
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. Martin was expected back this week, but HC Dirk Koetter said that Martin suffered a “setback” and won’t play this week. Jacquizz Rodgers will be a Sneaky Start after turning 35 touches into 129 total yards against Carolina in Week 5. The 49ers are a much better matchup.
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:10pm
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Martin was expected back this week, but HC Dirk Koetter said that Martin suffered a “setback” and won’t play this week. Jacquizz Rodgers will be a Sneaky Start. He turned 35 touches into 129 total yards against Carolina in Week 5.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:41pm
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Martin was expected back this week, but HC Dirk Koetter said that Martin suffered a “setback” and won’t play this week. Jacquizz Rodgers will be a Sneaky Start. He turned 35 touches into 129 total yards against Carolina in Week 5.
Sims will be eligible to return after eight weeks, but for fantasy purposes, he can be cut. This news boosts the value of Doug Martin, who should return to a big workload once his hamstring is healthy. Jacquizz Rodgers could assume a good portion of Sims' role in the passing game, but Martin should see some of those touches as well.
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:05pm
Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (knee) missed practice Thursday. The Bucs don’t play until Monday night, so Sims has an extra day to get ready. If he’s out look for Jacquizz Rodgers to carry the load against Carolina.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 12:51pm
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back Jacquizz Rodgers to a one-year deal, a source tells ESPN. The move reunites him with Dirk Koetter and Mike Smith, his former offensive coordinator and head coach, respectively, with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Bucs were down to two running backs last week after Mike James was placed on injured reserve. Rodgers, 26, who was among the Bears' final roster cuts, worked out for the team last Tuesday. Rather than sign him and be on the hook for possible veteran termination pay, the team opted to promote Peyton Barber from the practice squad.
Bears GM Ryan Pace and coach John Fox are counting on running backs coach Stan Drayton to get the most out of Jeremy Langford and KaDeem Carey (fourth-round picks in 2015 and 2014, respectively). For Langford, that means running with a wider base and gaining more yards after contact. For Carey, that means building on his toughness and energy to become a more complete back. Expect both to be part of the committee approach Fox has favored throughout his career. It promises to be hell for fantasy football owners, but Fox wants to limit backs' workload and play the so-called hot hand. Jordan Howard adds a bruiser's skill set to the rotation, and Jacquizz Rodgers provides veteran leadership to a group of runners who must earn each snap.
Langford averaged 21.3 touches (17.0 carries) for 122 yards and 1.3 TD in the three games that Forte missed, while Carey saw 10.0 carries per game in that span. Langford finished as the #23 RB in standard formats with a significant role even when Forte was healthy enough to play. He only averaged 3.6 YPC and caught just 22 of the 42 targets that came his way. His NFL talent is a topic of hot debate this offseason, but no one can question the opportunity he has in Chicago.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 2:14pm
The Chicago Bears had to replace a running back on the roster this week.
Third-down specialist Jacquizz Rodgers broke his arm against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5, so the team placed him on season-ending injured reserve. The Bears signed another former Falcon, Antone Smith, to replace Rodgers.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 5:26pm
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:31am
The Falcons need to upgrade in the backfield and that's likely to start with the release of veteran Steven Jackson. New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan brings with him an emphasis on the outside zone-blocking scheme and one-cut-and-go mentality for the running backs. The Falcons will benefit from having younger legs in such a scheme. Don't discount second-year player Devonta Freeman, who is eager to take the next step and could thrive in the system. But the Falcons need more bodies, and Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith are headed to free agency. Keep an eye on Justin Forsett, who also is bound for free agency. Forsett thrived in the zone-blocking scheme the past season en route to a career-high 1,266 rushing yards. And Forsett is represented by the same agent who represents Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers took over against the New Orleans Saints after Steven Jackson left the game with a quadriceps injury. Freeman, a fourth-round pick from Florida State, provided some big plays, including a 31-yard touchdown run.
Rodgers will likely get the bulk of the carries because he’s still considered a better pass protector.
Freeman has been significantly better but admits that he's not good enough in pass protection. Rodgers may start, but we expect that Freeman will get enough touches to make him a worthwhile play in daily formats.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadricep, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 17. Jackson is not expected to play against Carolina. Look for Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers to form a committee. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rodgers is expected to get the start, but Freeman has far more upside. He turned eight touches into 84 yards and a touchdown last week after Jackson left with an injury.
Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:47pm
Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday that RB Steven Jackson was having further tests done to evaluate the injury, which means we’ll be waiting until later in the week for an idea about whether or not he’ll play against Carolina.
Devonta Freeman was the most effective back in New Orleans, running five times for 36 yards and a touchdown and catching three passes for 48 more yards.
Early reports after the game said the injury wasn't all that serious and Jackson could be available for Week 17. For now, that remains up in the air. Jacquizz Rodgers got a bulk of the carries but Freeman has more fantasy potential.
An ESPN report on Monday said the Falcons don't believe the injury is serious and that Jackson will play in Week 17. Jacquizz Rodgers had 11 carries but collected just 29 yards. Devonte Freeman ran for a 5-36-1 line and added three catches for 48 yards. The Falcons play for the NFC South title against the Panthers next week. If Jackson can't go Freeman and Rodgers would likely split up the workload with Freeman having more upside.
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