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Jacquizz Rodgers Released by Bears: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2016

Aug 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jacquizz Rodgers (35) against the Cincinnati Bengals in a preseason NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 21-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears have cut running back Jacquizz Rodgers while paring their roster down to 53 players. 

Larry Mayer of the Bears' official website confirmed the move. 

The 26-year-old Rodgers has never caught on as an NFL running back. The Atlanta Falcons drafted him in 2011, and he spent four seasons with them before signing with the Bears in March 2015. 

After appearing in just five games last season, Rodgers landed on injured reserve after suffering a broken arm during an October game against the Kansas City Chiefs

Chris Emma of 670 The Score noted his surprise about Rodgers' release:

Chris Emma @CEmma670

Surprised to see the Bears cut Jacquizz Rodgers. But it says a lot about how the team feels with its young backfield.

He seemed like a perfect veteran presence for the Bears to keep on the roster with Jeremy Langford taking over starting duties from Matt Forte, who signed with the New York Jets, and Ka'Deem Carey. 

Even with his limitations in the running game, Rodgers has value catching passes out of the backfield. He caught at least 21 passes in each of his four seasons with the Falcons. 

Given what Rodgers is capable of doing as a receiver, he will likely catch on with another team. He may have to wait for an injury since teams had to finalize their 53-man rosters for the regular season on Saturday, but the opportunity will come down the line. 

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