Jacquizz Rodgers
Jacquizz Rodgers
29-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Rodgers handled lead-back duties for Tampa Bay early in 2017 while Doug Martin served his suspension, and while he had a couple solid performances - including 108 scrimmage yards against the Giants in Week 4 - he was mired on the bench the rest of the year, seeing more than three carries in a game only once after that. The former Falcon and Bear didn't even factor much into the passing game, a role he specialized in during his Atlanta tenure. Rodgers may have lost half a step at 28 years old, but his skill set still seems suitable for a depth role. Redundancy might be an issue, as he isn't a better pure runner than second-round pick Ronald Jones II or Peyton Barber, and isn't a better receiver than Charles Sims. Barring a couple of injuries ahead of him on the depth chart, snaps will very be tough to come by for Rodgers in 2018. He may even need to compete for a roster spot, though his experience on special teams should help in that regard. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.3 million contract with the Buccaneers in March of 2017.
Still available to sign
RBFree Agent
April 12, 2019
Rodgers has yet to sign a contract this offseason, Geoffrey Arnold of The Oregonian reports.
Rodgers isn't expected to stay in Tampa Bay with a new coaching staff taking over, but he might consider following Dirk Koetter back to Atlanta. Whatever the case, it's likely the 29-year-old ends up battling for a roster spot if/when he signs with a new team. Rodgers remained competent as a pass catcher in 16 games for the Bucs last season, bringing in 38 of 45 targets (84.4 percent) for 304 yards without any touchdowns. He owns career marks of just 3.8 yards per carry and 7.4 yards per reception, but his 82.1 percent catch rate (216 of 263 targets) is excellent even for a running back.
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How do Jacquizz Rodgers' 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
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% Snaps w/Touch
Air Yards Per Game
Air Yards Per Snap
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% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
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Drop Rate
Avg Yds After Catch
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jacquizz Rodgers' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 6"
205 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.59 sec
Shuttle Time
4.26 sec
Cone Drill
7.31 sec
Vertical Jump
33.0 in
Broad Jump
113 in
Hand Length
8.88 in
Arm Length
30.50 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Cut loose by the Bears prior to the start of the regular season, Rodgers wound up in Tampa Bay and proved to be a godsend for the Buccaneers. With both Doug Martin and Charles Sims hurt, Rodgers took over starting duties and piled up 255 rushing yards in two games before a foot injury in Week 8 ended his run at the top of the depth chart, but he'll return to Tampa firmly entrenched in the No. 3 spot. His small stature and exceptional ability as a receiver had Rodgers typecast as a third-down back when he began his career, but his low pad level and surprising burst allow him to produce between the tackles when called upon. With Sims the primary option on passing downs, Rodgers may find himself as more of a change-of-pace back, but Martin's three-game suspension to begin the season should open up touches for both of them.
Following a four-year run as the Falcons' change-of-pace back, Rodgers joined the Bears in 2015, seemingly headed for a similar role. However, a broken arm ended his season in October, leaving him with just 15 touches in five games. Rodgers hasn't shown much running ability (3.6 YPC) in his five-year career, but he's proven to be a capable receiver (156 catches) when called upon. Nonetheless, Rodgers landed on the wrong side of the roster bubble at final cuts, with the Bears opting to keep only three running backs -- Jeremy Langford, Ka'Deem Carey and Jordan Howard.
A 5-6 scatback with exceptional pass-catching skills, Rodgers joined the Bears in free agency after four years of modest production off the bench in Atlanta. Despite his short stature he's not a burner, instead relying on his burst, balance and elusiveness to get to the second level, and his low pad level to drive forward for extra yards. New Chicago head coach John Fox has vowed to reduce the workload of Matt Forte, which could open up some third-down snaps for Rodgers, but he's joining a crowded backfield that also features fourth-round pick Jeremy Langford and second-year power back Ka'Deem Carey. Even if Forte were to get hurt, it seems unlikely that Rodgers would end up seeing a big increase in touches.
Rodgers received a career-high 96 carries last season and caught 50-plus passes for the second straight year, but posted a sub-4.0 YPC for the third time in three years and saw his yards per reception drop as well. Though he got some good work early last year while Jackson was hurting, especially in the red zone, Rodgers didn't see a single goal-line carry after Week 5, when he scored two touchdowns from in close against the Jets. He's in line for another season as the backup and passing-down complement to Steven Jackson, but could be challenged for those duties by rookie Devonta Freeman.
Rodgers saw his touches nearly double in his second season from 78 to 147, but the 5-6, 196-pound scatback failed to increase his touchdowns, finishing with two again. The beefy Michael Turner is gone, but new arrival Steven Jackson is expected to take the goal-line carries, likely leaving Rodgers in his usual role. Rodgers also could see fewer targets, as Jackson likely will catch more passes than did Turner. Keep in mind, however, Jackson is 30 and has logged 2,395 career carries, so an injury or steep decline from Jackson would hardly be shocking.
Rodgers totaled 393 yards during his rookie season, nearly half of which came as a receiver. He managed just 3.6 YPC and for someone 5-6, 196, surprisingly saw a handful of goal-line carries, punching in one of them. He’s expected to take on a bigger role for Atlanta in 2012, though even if Michael Turner were to suffer a serious injury, Jason Snelling would likely take over as the team’s lead back. Rodgers is more of a role player, with much of his action seen as a receiver out of the backfield.
The Falcons traded up to draft Rodgers in hopes he can become what Jerious Norwood never could, a change of pace element to the bruising Michael Turner. Rodgers is an exciting back capable of breaking big plays, but he’s also just 5-6, 196, so if Turner were to suffer an injury, expect Jason Snelling to take over as the lead ballcarrier. Rodgers should be productive when on the field, but expect his opportunities to be limited.
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Minimal involvement in finale
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
January 1, 2019
Rodgers rushed three times for three yards and brought in his only target for two yards in the Buccaneers' 34-32 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
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Significant impact as pass catcher
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 24, 2018
Rodgers rushed twice for two yards and a touchdown and brought in all seven of his targets for 55 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-20 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.
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Minimal involvement in loss
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 17, 2018
Rodgers brought in his only target for one yard in the Buccaneers' 20-12 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
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Eight touches in Week 14 loss
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 10, 2018
Rodgers rushed four times for 16 yards and brought in four of five targets for 38 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
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Solid complementary effort in win
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
November 26, 2018
Rodgers rushed five times for 31 yards and brought in four of five targets for 31 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-9 win over the 49ers on Sunday.
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