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32 Jacquizz Rodgers RB
Height/Weight: 5-6/196 | Birthdate: 2/6/1990 | Birthplace: Richmond, TX, USA | Team: Atlanta | College: Oregon State | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 27/2 | Average Draft Position: 170.49
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Jacquizz Rodgers gets 13 first-half touches Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers had a productive showing Saturday night against the Titans in preseason action.

Rodgers finished with 13 touches in the first half with the starters. He took eight handoffs for 33 yards, averaging 4.1 yards per attempt. He caught all five of his targets for 31 yards.

Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith work ahead of Devonta Freeman in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) With Steven Jackson sidelined, Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith both worked ahead of rookie runner Devonta Freeman during Friday's preseason opener against Miami.

Rodgers got the start and made his impact felt on the opening drive, which ended on a 2-yard touchdown run. He rushed for 20 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, averaging 2.9 yards per carry. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Antone Smith broke free for a 76-yard touchdown in the second series with the second-team offense, but had the play called back because of a holding penalty. He finished with three carries for 5 yards and one catch for 5 yards.

Freeman made his first appearance early in the second quarter and did not disappoint. The rookie totaled 107 yards of offense in his first preseason game. He rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and caught one of his two targeted passes for 57 yards.

Jacquizz Rodgers not concerned about his role


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers figures to lose time to rookie runner Devonta Freeman, especially opportunities to catch passes out of the backfield. Rodgers told ESPN.com he's not worried about being overlooked.

"There are no concerns," Rodgers said. "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."

Rodgers caught 52 passes and scored four touchdowns last season, two as a receiver. He endorsed the drafting of Freeman.

"He's a good running back," Rodgers said. "Comes from a winning program. Fast guy: a guy that's willing to learn, willing to learn from the older guys. He's a good piece to our puzzle in the backfield."


'No sweeping changes' to Falcons run game


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) The Falcons' official team website reports that there will be "no sweeping changes" to the team's run game after finishing 32nd in the league in rush yards in 2013. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said there wouldn't be an uptick or a downswing in the number of run plays he calls. Instead, he's expecting new players on the O-line and in the backfield to mesh with the old strategy. 

"We're going to be a better running football team, starting with the offensive line and progressing throughout the team," Koetter said. "We'll be more committed to it."

Steven Jackson is expected to be the starter with rookie Devonta Freeman and vet Jacquizz Rodgers behind him. After having a down year that included missing time with an injury, he says he'll be ready. 

"I've always prided myself on being able to go stronger through the game," he said. "With having favorable boxes, which I anticipate, I think we'll be quite OK."


Two Falcons ruled out Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers and LB Sean Weatherspoon have been ruled out Week 17.

Rodgers has been unable to come back from a concussion. Weatherspoon is dealing with a knee injury, and has not practiced this week.


Jacquizz Rodgers unable to practice Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers did not practice Thursday.

Rodgers is dealing with concussion-like symptoms, and also missed Wednesday. It's starting to look like he won't be available Week 17.


Jacquizz Rodgers still out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who sustained a concussion in Monday's loss at San Francisco, has not been cleared to return, reports ESPN.com. He did not participate in Wednesday's walkthrough.

Atlanta hosts Carolina on Sunday.


Jacquizz Rodgers knocked out with concussion


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2013) Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers exited the game at San Francisco in the fourth quarter after suffering a concussion. Rodgers ran three times for 10 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards before leaving.

Jacquizz Rodgers plays usual role


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) In what ended up being a close game Week 15 against the Redskins, Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers got just a handful of touches in relief of starter Steven Jackson. He had four carries for 17 yards and caught four passes for 24. The four receptions were his most since Week 10 against the Seahawks.

The Falcons visit the 49ers in Week 16.


Jacquizz Rodgers could factor late


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/11/2013) With unrest at head coach and quarterback, the Redskins seem like an easy target for the Falcons in Week 15 after looking completely disinterested in a 45-10 loss against the Chiefs last week. That's good news for Falcons backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who has been minimally involved since starter Steven Jackson returned from a hamstring injury in Week 8.

Rodgers' 10 touches -- seven carries and three catches -- last week were his most in five games, so it's clear the Falcons haven't forgotten about him. With all the turmoil in Washington, the Redskins figure to be susceptible to blowouts from now until the end of the season, and though the Falcons aren't as likely to capitalize as the Chiefs were, the switch from Robert Griffin III to Kirk Cousins at quarterback only helps their cause.

If the game gets out of hand, Rodgers could get more work late against the team that has allowed the second-most Fantasy points to running backs. It's not a likely enough possibility for you to start him in a standard 12-team league, but in a 16-team points-per-reception league, he's worth a longer look this week.


More touches don't help Jacquizz Rodgers


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2013) Falcons backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who had just five touches in each of his previous two games, got double that Week 14 at Green Bay, but it didn't improve his productivity. He finished with seven carries for 14 yards and three catches for 33.

Rodgers became involved in the passing game only after the Falcons fell behind in the fourth quarter, catching all three of his passes on the team's final two drives. He has averaged just 1.8 catches in his last four games after averaging 5.2 in his previous six.

The Falcons host the Redskins in Week 15.


Jacquizz Rodgers becoming less of a factor


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/4/2013) Though he remained a fairly consistent part of the offense when Steven Jackson first returned from a hamstring injury in Week 8, Falcons backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers has seen his production decline with Jackson putting up better numbers the last two weeks. Rodgers had a combined five touches for 38 yards Week 12 against New Orleans and a combined five touches for 23 yards Week 13 at Buffalo -- both games in which the Falcons competed right up until the end.

In Week 14 at Green Bay, they'll be facing a team that ranks 26th against the run, allowing 125.9 yards per game, and has given up the ninth-most Fantasy points to running backs. The Packers allowed a combined 211 rushing yards to the Lions' Reggie Bush and Joique Bell last week, but the Falcons don't figure to pull away in this game quite like the Lions did, leaving fewer opportunities for their backup running back.

With Jackson likely to take advantage of the favorable matchup himself, Rodgers is a long shot to get more than a handful of carries in this one. In most cases, you'll want to keep him reserved in Fantasy.


Jacquizz Rodgers receives just four carries Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers failed to do much with his limited carries Week 13.

Rodgers gained just 12 yards on four carries. He caught his only target, picking up 11 receiving yards. Steven Jackson took the bulk of the rushing load Week 14, so there weren’t many chances for Rodgers to get going. He’ll take on the Packers Week 14.


Falcons get little help from reserve backs


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2013) The Falcons got little production from their backup running backs in Week 12 against the Saints, as neither Jacquizz Rodgers nor Antone Smith made much of an impact in the 17-13 loss.

Smith, who rushed for a 50-yard touchdown last week, was a nonfactor Thursday. He ran the ball just one time for 11 yards, and was not targeted in the passing game.

Rodgers was more effective in the passing game, hauling in two of three passes thrown his way for 31 yards. Unfortunately, he did little on the ground, finishing with 7 yards on three carries.

Neither player has been featured much offensively recently, a trend that should continue in Week 13 against the Bills. 


Jacquizz Rodgers suits up Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (ankle) was considered probable for Week 12 against the Saints, and he had no problem taking the field Thursday. Rodgers is officially active for the game. 

Jacquizz Rodgers not doing much with a healthy Steven Jackson


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers has been in a bit of a rut since the return of starter Steven Jackson -- scoring nine total points (in standard leagues) over the last four weeks.

Rodgers has caught an average of four passes per game over that span, giving him some baseline value in PPR formats -- and he may see extended time if New Orleans takes an early lead and the Falcons are forced to pass their way back into the game -- but he still carries significant risk, as Jackson gets healthier and can play more snaps. 

Rodgers should only be considered in PPR formats for Week 12. And even in that setting, he's a borderline flex start in deeper leagues. 


Falcons release Week 12 injury report


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) The Falcons released their Week 12 injury report for Thursday's game vs. New Orleans. Defensive end Malliciah Goodman (calf) is out, tackle Jonathan Babineaux (tricep), quarterback Dominique Davis (knee) and safety Zeke Motta (hand) are questionable, while defensive tackle Peria Jerry (shoulder), running back Jacquizz Rodgers (ankle), tackle Jeremy Trueblood (knee, hip) and linebacker Paul Worrilow (shoulder) are considered probable.

Jacquizz Rodgers not used as much


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/17/2013) Falcons backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who was used extensively as a check-down option in blowout losses to the Panthers and Seahawks in Weeks 9 and 10, wasn't as productive in that role in another blowout loss Week 11 at Tampa Bay.

He was targeted just twice by quarterback Matt Ryan, catching one pass for 8 yards. He also had six carries for 22 yards. Rodgers entered the day averaging 4.2 catches per game, including 5.5 in his last two.

Of course, the Falcons more or less waved the white flag in the fourth quarter, turning to little-used options like Antone Smith, so perhaps Rodgers simply didn't have a chance to make his usual contribution. He'll look to get back on track Week 12 against the Saints.


Falling behind a good thing for Jacquizz Rodgers


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/12/2013) Even with starting running back Steven Jackson back from injury the last two weeks, backup Jacquizz Rodgers has managed to remain relevant in Fantasy with the Falcons constantly playing from behind. He had five catches for 28 yards against the Seahawks in Week 10 and six catches for 25 yards at the Panthers in Week 9. The Falcons lost both games by more than 20 points.

Of course, they're visiting the Buccaneers in Week 11, who they beat by eight points back in Week 7. The Buccaneers just beat the Dolphins Monday night, but it was their first win of the season. Chances are this game will be closer than what the Falcons have been used to in recent weeks.

That said, if Jackson struggles again, Rodgers could end up playing a bigger role than expected, but either way, he figures to be short on yardage. The Buccaneers rank fifth against the run, allowing 95.8 yards per game.

Rodgers gets a boost in points-per-reception leagues, of course, but he looks like nothing more than a desperation option in Fantasy this week.


Jacquizz Rodgers keeps catching passes


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/10/2013) Though he isn't playing as big of a role in the running game with Steven Jackson back in the lineup, Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers continues to give quarterback Matt Ryan a reliable target underneath when the Falcons are playing from behind.

After catching six passes for 25 yards in a 34-10 loss at the Panthers in Week 9, he had five for 28 in a 33-10 loss against the Seahawks in Week 10. He also led the team in rushing, finding a hole seemingly every time he gave Jackson a breather to finish with 31 yards on three carries.

Of Rodgers' five catches, three came in the second half, when the Falcons were passing virtually every play. His seven targets were second only to Harry Douglas' eight.

The Falcons visit the Buccaneers in Week 11.


Jacquizz Rodgers needs Falcons to fall behind


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/5/2013) With six catches at Carolina last week, Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers showed he has something to contribute in Fantasy even with starter Steven Jackson back from a hamstring injury. But in Week 10, he probably won't be the one to benefit from a Seahawks defense that has gotten burned on the ground the last couple games, giving up 200-plus yards in each.

Other than getting the occasional change-of-pace carry, Rodgers' role appears to be limited to obvious passing situations, where he serves as a dump-off option for quarterback Matt Ryan. In two games with Jackson back, he has gotten just seven carries for 27 yards.

Ryan has thrown multiple interceptions the last two weeks, putting his team in a hole, and if he does the same against a Seahawks defense that is tied for the league lead with 13 interceptions, Rodgers should have an opportunity to catch some passes out of the backfield.

But if the game remains close or the Falcons have a lead of some kind, he'll be an afterthought on offense. The reward isn't enough to justify the risk.


Jacquizz Rodgers still a factor as receiver


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/2013) Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers again took a back seat to Steven Jackson Week 9 at Carolina, but he showed he's still a factor in the passing game even as a backup. His six catches tied tight end Tony Gonzalez for the team lead.

Of course, he had only 25 yards on those six catches and wasn't much more effective as a rusher, picking up 19 yards on five carries. But he looks like he won't be confined to strictly a backup role even with Jackson back.

Rodgers will look to validate his place in the backfield rotation Week 10 against the Seahawks.


Jacquizz Rodgers just hoping to have a role


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2013) After emerging as the Falcons' primary backfield threat in Weeks 3-7, Jacquizz Rodgers went back to being more of a change-of-pace option in Steven Jackson's return to the lineup Week 8 at Arizona. He played a decent number of snaps but got only four touches.

So clearly, he's a long shot to make a relevant Fantasy contribution Week 9 at Carolina. The Panthers rank second against the run, allowing 79.3 yards per game. They've given up some receiving yards to running backs, which is of course Rodgers' specialty, but Jackson is too good of a receiver himself for the Falcons to sit him in obvious passing situations. 

Jackson's playing time only figures to increase the further he distances himself from this injury, rendering Rodgers little more than a handcuff option. He may not be all the way there yet, but with the poor matchup, you don't have much incentive to start Rodgers in Fantasy.


Jacquizz Rodgers fails to contribute Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers had a rough game Week 9 against the Cardinals.

Rodgers received just two carries against Arizona, picking up 8 yards. Those 8 yards bested Steven Jackson, who had just 6 yards on 11 carries. Rodgers wasn't much of a threat in the passing game, catching two balls for 11 yards. 

Jackson struggled early, but the team fell behind early and couldn't focus on getting Rodgers the ball. The team ran just three times after halftime, with all of those attempts going to Jackson. 

Rodgers will look to bounce back Week 9 against the Panthers. 


Jacquizz Rodgers facing tough matchup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2013) Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers has a tough matchup Week 8 against the Cardinals.

Arizona has been solid against opposing running backs, holding them to 13.71 Fantasy points per game. The team has yet to allow a rushing touchdown by a back this season. Running backs have averaged just 46.71 yards against Arizona. 

On top of that, Steven Jackson has returned to practice and could play this week. While it's unclear whether Jackson will play at this time, his return should signal a decrease in Rodgers' workload. Based on how successful Rodgers has been the past few weeks, there's a chance he still sees his fair share of carries once Jackson returns. Even if Jackson is out this week, Rodgers still isn't a strong play.