Rodgers is expected to serve as the primary running back for a third straight game Sunday against the Raiders, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. With Doug Martin (hamstring) officially ruled out for a fifth consecutive game, Rodgers is poised for another heavy workload, though it still shouldn't be assumed he'll top 25 carries for a third straight game. His 30-carry performance against Carolina and 26-carry showing against San Francisco occurred in games that saw the Bucs run 69 and 73 offensive plays, respectively. The Oakland offense figures to put up a better fight than the past two opponents -- but such a scenario could help Rodgers get more involved as a receiver. He dominated the workload while last week's game was still competitive, holding a 26-7 carries advantage over Peyton Barber before the rookie took the final five totes.
Rodgers had 26 carries for a career-high 154 rushing yards and caught his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's 34-17 win at San Francisco. Aided by a nifty 45-yard run, Rodgers had 100 rushing yards by halftime. Unfortunately, he did not score a touchdown, although he was getting lots of goal line work. The diminutive runner has been a revelation for Tampa Bay since Charles Sims hurt his knee against Denver, racking up 292 yards from scrimmage over the last two games. Considering how well Rodgers has played, expect him to continue to shoulder the load in the Buccaneers' backfield, at least until Doug Martin (hamstring) returns. He's got a strong matchup next week against Oakland.
With Doug Martin (hamstring) ruled out after suffering a setback, Rodgers will serve as the primary ballcarrier Sunday in San Francisco, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Martin seemed to aiming for a Sunday return coming out of a bye week, but the recent setback will keep him sidelined for at least one more game. With neither Martin nor Charles Sims (knee) available back in Week 5 against Carolina, the diminutive Rodgers logged 68 of 73 offensive snaps, gaining 101 yards on a career-high 30 carries and another 28 yards on five receptions (six targets). Although he may cede some snaps to rookie Peyton Barber and recent signing Antone Smith, there's little question Rodgers will lead the way against a San Francisco defense ranked last in rushing yards allowed per game (174.5) and 31st in yards per carry (5.0).
Rodgers rushed a career-high 30 times for 101 yards and caught five passes (on six targets) for 28 yards in Monday night's game against the Panthers. Rodgers' first start with the Buccaneers came with Doug Martin (hamstring) sidelined and Charles Sims (knee) placed on IR, but the veteran's familiarity with coach Dirk Koetter's offense paid dividends Monday. On Tampa Bay's first drive, Rodgers received a whopping 11 touches, evidencing the team's shift from placing too much reliance on quarterback Jameis Winston. By the end of the night, Rodgers' 3.4 yards per rush didn't look great, but he certainly made his impact felt, totaling nearly 130 all-purpose yards. Although he wasn't able to find the end zone despite 35 touches in total, Rodgers' performance should allow him to remain in the picture even if Martin returns following the Bucs' Week 6 bye.
Rodgers has the full confidence of head coach Dirk Koetter with respect to being able to handle "a significant number of snaps" in Week 5 against the Panthers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "Extremely. I've seen him do it. Jacquizz will have no problems. He'll do fine." The 26-year-old tailback appears to be queued up for a starter's workload against the Panthers on Monday night, given Charles Sims' doubtful designation due to a knee injury and the fact that his only backup at present is undrafted rookie Peyton Barber. Rodgers has totaled 69 yards on 13 carries and two receptions for 12 yards to date this season in limited duty. As a primary back for the Falcons back in 2013, he rushed for 194 yards on an average of 3.3 yards per carry, while also adding 152 yards on 24 receptions and scoring four total touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Panthers don't exactly offer a very promising path to success, as they've limited opposing ground attacks to a fifth-best 3.5 yards per carry and 361 total yards over the first four games.
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