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Buccaneers sign Jacquizz Rodgers on Tuesday

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Jacquizz Rodgers #35 of the Chicago Bears runs against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at Soldier Field on September 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Arizona Cardinals won 48-23.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Buccaneers have an open roster spot with defensive end Jacquies Smith heading to injured reserve and it appears they’ll fill it with a veteran running back whose first name sounds similar while being spelled differently.

According to multiple reports, the Buccaneers will sign Jacquizz Rodgers to their 53-man roster. Rodgers played for head coach Dirk Koetter when Koetter was the offensive coordinator of the Falcons from 2012-2014. Current Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith was Atlanta’s head coach at that time.

Rodgers was released by the Bears at the end of the summer and worked out for the team last week. The Buccaneers avoid having to guarantee his entire salary for the 2016 season by waiting to sign him until after Week One is in the books.

Rodgers had 14 carries for 41 yards in five games for the Bears last season. He was used heavily as a receiver under Koetter in 2012 and 2013, catching 105 passes over the course of those two seasons. He’ll join Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Peyton Barber in the Tampa backfield.

UPDATE 10:58 a.m. ET: The Bucs have announced Rodgers’ signing.

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5 Responses to “Buccaneers sign Jacquizz Rodgers on Tuesday”
  1. bucsorbust says: Sep 13, 2016 11:26 AM

    Way to be on this signing PFT. I’m sure the Tampa Bay Times (local media) will eventually get around to reporting it. Good signing. They may push Peyton Barber back down to the practice squad. Rodgers has experience as a KR as well, which will let them take some insurance out on Cecil Shorts who does it now, given Dontae Dye was waived/injured.

  2. buccaboo says: Sep 13, 2016 11:56 AM

    Why? We need another DE, not a RB

  3. 6ball says: Sep 13, 2016 11:58 AM

    The Bucs have offensive firepower. The defense looks to be a work in progress. If I were Arizona, I’d be very wary of them. If I was in Vegas, I’d look hard at the 7.5 pt spread.

  4. laughingwillow says: Sep 13, 2016 1:20 PM

    With Charles Sims’ performance out of the backfield Sunday, it is hard to imagine an upgrade…. Must be for returns.
    Watch these Bucs: Jameis is about to get a lot more famous. This diverse, balance offense will allow them to compete with any team in the NFL.

  5. defscottyb says: Sep 13, 2016 1:21 PM

    JACK-QUIZZ… LoL rofl

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