Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers has become a reliable all-purpose back in his first three seasons in the NFL.
Rodgers has been a fairly productive runner and has shown an ability to be a threat out of the backfield in the passing game as well. For a team that likes to throw the ball as much as the Falcons do, that trait is a much-needed quality for a running back to possess.
However, the Falcons have added more depth to the running back this offseason. Atlanta used a fourth-round pick to select Florida State running back Devonta Freeman to add to the mix of Rodgers, Steven Jackson and Antone Smith in the Falcons’ backfield.
With that many bodies in the backfield, finding enough carries to go around could be a difficult task, especially if Jackson can remain healthy. But Rodgers isn’t concerned about how the added competition could affect his workload this season.
“There are no concerns,” Rodgers said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “You’ve got to come and compete every year. It just makes the group better, bringing more guys. It makes everybody work harder at practice. We’re going to work collectively. We’re going to learn from each other. And we’re going to make each other better each and every day.”
Rogers carried 96 times for 332 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons last season. However, his bigger impact came in the passing game where he caught 52 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite the promise for Freeman and the hope of a healthy Jackson, Rodgers’ versatility should allow him to find plenty of playing time for the Falcons this season.