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Jacquizz Rodgers is unclear about his role with Steven Jackson in town

Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers runs through the tackle of Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster to score in fourth quarter of NFL football game in Tampa Reuters

When Michael Turner was the starting running back for the Falcons, Jacquizz Rodgers had a pretty clear idea about how and when he’d be used by the team.

Turner’s limited value in the passing game meant that Rodgers was used most often on downs when the Falcons were looking to put the ball into the air. As a result he’s had 151 carries and 75 catches through his first two seasons. It’s unclear whether things will remain the same during the 2013 season.

Steven Jackson has replaced Turner at the top of the depth chart and he’s been an effective weapon in the passing game throughout his career with the Rams. Rodgers doesn’t know what that means for his own playing time, but he’s sure that he needs to make the most of his chances in order to get more of them as the season progresses.

“When I get in the game, I’m going to try to make my plays and try to get my number called more often,” Rodgers said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’ll try to make every carry and every catch count.”

Things shouldn’t wind up looking that much different for Rodgers. Jackson is turning 30 next month and didn’t play a much higher percentage of the Rams’ snaps last season than Turner played for the Falcons. However things shake out in terms of playing time, the presence of another back who forces defenses to think about the pass/run possibilities in a more expansive way than Turner should be a positive for the Falcons offense in 2013.

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16 Responses to “Jacquizz Rodgers is unclear about his role with Steven Jackson in town”
  1. humbleminded85 says: Jun 24, 2013 12:30 PM

    My man it’s called backup running back. The same role 1 guy every other 31 team has. Case solved.

  2. scottishram says: Jun 24, 2013 12:43 PM

    Jackson might be the best pass blocking/blitz pick-up back in the league. He’s a weapon in the passing game due to that as much as actually catching the ball.

  3. ccjcsr says: Jun 24, 2013 12:51 PM

    To preserve Jackson, Rodgers will play the same role….Duh!

  4. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jun 24, 2013 1:06 PM

    The only thing you need to know about ‘Quizz is that he completely OWNED and PANCAKED Seahawk Earl Thomas in the divisional playoff game. A game Seattle should have won but their inadequate coaching staff choked!

  5. beavertonsteve says: Jun 24, 2013 1:06 PM

    Daryl Richardson managed 475 rushing yards and 24 receptions spelling Jackson last year.

    On top of that Jackson played through a lot of injuries in the last few years, but he’s missed a handful of games as well.

  6. thefox61 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:07 PM

    Hmmm… Let me take a shot in the dark… Ub, special teams?

  7. @HowdyDoobie says: Jun 24, 2013 1:07 PM

    Third down back Jack!

  8. prmpft says: Jun 24, 2013 1:23 PM

    that would be to sit around & wait until steve needs a break, or a cup of gatorade or something.

  9. kev86 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:24 PM

    I see a fumble while he tries to do too much.

  10. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 24, 2013 1:27 PM

    Obviously he’s playing time will depend somewhat on S-Jax holding up. I doubt it’ll get anywhere near a 50/50 split though. Save the tread on Rodgers for now. He’s obviously more physical than most people gave him credit for initially, based on him dragging one guy like 3 yards for a 1st and flattening a couple others last season. He will come in handy down the line if his mileage is kept relatively low these next couple years.

  11. SAV says: Jun 24, 2013 1:34 PM

    Quiz-you will get playing time. The Falcons will savor the flavor of old man Jackson for the playoff run

  12. thesteelers says: Jun 24, 2013 2:02 PM

    Hi, this is my son Jacquizz.

  13. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 24, 2013 3:05 PM

    Ummmmmmm, your role is to sit on the bench , be quiet and try an learn sumpin. And your lousy, terrible, highly overated QB may throw ya a pass every once and a while.

  14. hendeeze says: Jun 24, 2013 3:34 PM

    Running over Earl Thomas is a good role

  15. michaeljacksonisback says: Jun 24, 2013 5:48 PM

    He’ll be the starting RB, one Jackson gets injured or benched

  16. longtallsam says: Jun 24, 2013 7:15 PM

    With a name like Jaquizz, you have to be good! Maybe. What was his mama thinking?

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