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Mike Smith: Jacquizz Rodgers "can play on all three downs"
August 2, 2012, 12:52pm
Pat Yasinskas, ESPN - [Full Article]
I’m almost certain the Falcons have big plans for second-year pro RB Jacquizz Rodgers, and I think those plans might be a lot bigger than people realize. That’s largely because Rodgers is bigger than the Falcons realized when they drafted him last year.
“Jacquizz is not little,’’ Smith said. “He’s short, but he’s thick. People projected him to be a third-down back, a change-of-pace back. I think the guy has the skill set to play on all three downs. One of the things that stood out to me more than anything is his ability to pass protect. A lot of times, your change-of-pace back, you’ve got to get him the ball and not ask him to be a part of the protection. I don’t think that’s the case with Jacquizz. I think Jacquizz is an all-around back that can play on all three downs.’’
Translation: The Falcons aren’t looking for Rodgers to be what Jerious Norwood once was. They want him to be more like what Warrick Dunn once was.
In terms of carries, we're currently projecting aabout a 70/30 split between Turner and Rodgers. If this buzz keeps up, Turner's ADP could slip into the 5th round where he'd be a good value as an RB2.