The Bucs added former Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers – Photo by: Getty Images
Following the placing of defensive end Jacquies Smith (ACL) on IR, the Buccaneers had an open spot on the active roster. They used it to add an offensive player, signing running back Jacquizz Rodgers to a one-year deal Tuesday.
The move reunites Rodgers with coach Dirk Koetter, after Rodgers spent his first two years (2011-12) in the NFL playing under then-offensive coordinator Koetter in Atlanta. During that time, the former fifth-round pick from Oregon State ran 151 times for 567 yards and two touchdowns. Playing in all 32 games, with no starts, Rodgers also added 72 receptions for 590 yards in his first two years. He reached his career-high in both categories under the guidance of Koetter.
Over the next three years, two more in Atlanta and the 2015 season in Chicago, Rodgers played in 36 games, carrying 168 times for 590 yards. The 5-foot-6 running back, who’s also averaged 23.8 yards a kick return, added 82 receptions from 2013-15 for 524 yards. He’s coming off his worst season, though, taking only 14 attempts and returning just one kick for the Bears.
While Koetter on Monday gave Cecil Shorts a vote of confidence as a kick returner – “Cecil is an explosive guy, he’s done it before,” he said – one would think Rodgers would at least be in the conversation. He was at his best in Atlanta in the open field, whether it was catching passes in space or returning kicks.
The signing gives Tampa Bay four running backs, including Doug Martin, Charles Sims, Peyton Barber and Rodgers.
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Another good signing. This guy brings a lot more to the table than Barber, who should be sent back to the practice squad once Sweezy and Murphy return.
Barber is more valuable than Rodgers. Rodgers is only a factor if Sims gets injured. Barber is an inside runner so he is valuable if Martin gets injured or if we need a player to grind out the clock and save Martin’s legs.
Barber has no experience how can he be more valuable?
I really liked Rodgers coming out of college and he did have a few good plays. Shifty back in the Darren Sproles mode. Perhaps Koetter can design some plays to get him in space.
Not sure how long Peyton Barber will be on the roster. With us losing Jacquies Smith, I could see Kourtnei Brown being brought back and Barber on the practice squad.
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