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Falcons’ undrafted free agents include James Rodgers

James Rodgers, Steve Williams AP

The Atlanta Falcons’ new crop of undrafted free agents includes the older brother and former college teammate of one of their current players.

Oregon State receiver James Rodgers, whose kid brother Jacquizz was drafted by the Falcons out of Oregon State last year, has signed with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent. The speedy Jacquizz left Oregon State with a year of eligibility, while James played four years and also had a medical redshirt year, which is why Jacquizz got to the NFL first even though James is a little more than a year older.

James, at 5-foot-7 and 188 pounds, is the taller of the two short and stocky Rodgers brothers; Jacquizz is 5-foot-6 and 197 pounds. As a rookie with the Falcons Jacquizz had 205 rushing yards and 188 receiving yards and has proven himself as a good change of pace back in the Falcons’ offense; James will likely need to show that he can be a contributor on special teams in order to make the roster.

The Falcons’ other undrafted free agents are TE Lamark Brown (Minnesota-Mankato), LB Rico Council (Tennessee State), QB Dominique Davis (East Carolina), S Chad Faulcon (Montclair), RB Robbie Frey (Kutztown), LB Max Gruder (Pittsburgh), T Byrce Harris (Fresno State), LB Jerrell Harris (Alabama), LS Josh Harris (Auburn), C Tyler Horn (Miami), WR Marcus Jackson (Lamar), DT Ray Kibble (Kansas State), G Phillip Manley (Toledo), CB Marty Markett (South Carolina), TE Adam Nissley (Central Florida), DE Louis Nzegwu (Wisconsin), WR Cody Pearcy (Huntingdon), DT Micanor Regis (Miami), LB Pat Schiller (Northern Illinois), CB Peyton Thompson (San Jose St.) and P Dawson Zimmerman (Clemson).

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8 Responses to “Falcons’ undrafted free agents include James Rodgers”
  1. blacknole08 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:22 PM

    James Rodgers got hurt that’s what hurt his stock. Good to see he got picked up even on a tryout basis.

  2. pdxbolt says: Apr 30, 2012 8:47 PM

    Nice to see them both on the same team. I followed both their careers at OSU. Best of luck to them both.

  3. wicky888 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:58 PM

    How do you name one son James and the other Jacquizz?

  4. packerfanfornot4life says: Apr 30, 2012 10:14 PM

    nzegwu has a chance to stick

  5. beeroncos says: Apr 30, 2012 10:23 PM

    I saw the brothers play quite a few times while they were both at OSU. James will have a great shot as a returner. He is also a good WR, although his size hurts him on the outside.

    I think he ends up on some team’s 53 player roster.

  6. lbroberts123 says: Apr 30, 2012 11:02 PM

    Josh Harris will make the team. The falcons’ long snapper is set to retire within two years.

  7. neauxgeaux44 says: Apr 30, 2012 11:23 PM

    Wow- big news…not! Who cares about this bland, medicore team that is always the Saints doormat and will be again this year???

  8. fb29 says: May 2, 2012 5:07 PM

    I don’t see the Saints winning the NFC South for the next 2-3 years. An old team that has lost draft picks over Bountygate (not to mention Vilma) is going to find it tough to compete against the Falcons and soon the Panthers.

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