Dec 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) stiff-arms New York Giants defensive back Will Hill (31) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Jacquizz Rodgers was a surprising addition to the Falcons for the 2011 season. In 2012, he provided a great range of abilities. We saw him run over and outrun defenders and we saw him catch a surprising amount of passes for a second-string running back. After Turner stopped producing as well as Atlanta would have hoped, we started seeing a lot more from Quizz. What is most surprising, however, is his pass-catching ability. Watching a 5’6” guy jump over a defender (or run underneath) to make catch after catch game in and game out is an amazing sight. Hell, He had more receiving yards than Harry Douglas. Both of them were targeted 59 times and he came down with the ball significantly more. Atlanta basically has two slot receivers, and one doubles as a pretty good running back as well. Even to the point that after a poor running game from Turner the past year, fans wanted the Falcons to look to Rodgers for their new first string runner.
Last year, Rodgers had 94 rushes and 362 yards for 3.9 yards per carry. That’s not too bad for a second year back, especially for a fifth round pick. He’s progressing well as a running back. But 53 catches and 407 yards on 59 targets shows a VERY reliable receiver as well. He’s just another great target for Matt Ryan.
He’s improving every year, but I don’t think he’ll have as many carries this year being behind Steven Jackson. He’ll probably watch a little more while getting on the field to carry the load and to catch a few passes. He’ll be able to showcase his playmaking abilities even though his stats may not show it.
I would look to see Rodgers to have a season like this: 75 carries with 300 yards at 4 yards per carry. He’ll shine even brighter as a receiver with 70 receptions with 550 yards.
I also predict seeing him run over a guy twice his size fifteen different times. This guy is a beast.