Jacquizz Rodgers Proving to be More Than Fantasy Handcuff for Steven Jackson
It looks like the Atlanta Falcons may have found their backfield threat of the future.
Of course, it's still a bit too early to know whether Jacquizz Rodgers is the real deal or not, but the early returns have been good for the Oregon State product.
With Steven Jackson still out, Rodgers has flourished with the struggling Falcons, and has materialized into a dual-threat running back for Matt Ryan's offense.
No, his numbers aren't really anything to write home about, but Rodgers' recent play has been encouraging, as the 23-year-old has now found the end zone three times in his last two games.
Last week, against the Jets, Rodgers rushed for two touchdowns against one of the game's best defenses, and racked up nearly 60 all-purpose yards.
Before that, Rodgers piled up more than 80 yards total in consecutive games versus quality opponents in the Patriots and Dolphins, so there's definitely reason to believe that the 2011 fifth-rounder is on his way to being a consistent weapon for the Falcons.
Today, against the Buccaneers, Rodgers struggled early on the ground, but with five catches for 39 yards and a 19-yard touchdown reception, as well as 21 yards returning, the three-time All-American is developing into the sort of versatile threat that coaches and fantasy owners love.
Now, with Jackson on the wrong side of 30, the currently 1-4 Falcons have to be thinking about the future, and at least right now, that appears to be Jacquizz Rodgers.
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