Richard Rodgers' eight touchdowns from 2015 are hard to ignore, but the Packers brass did exactly that this offseason when the team signed Jared Cook, presumably to start at tight end. That would mean Rodgers would fall into a backup role. As a result, no one should draft Rodgers this summer.
Rodgers appears to be the Packers' top tight end going into training camp, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Rodgers' 58 receptions last season were the second-most by a tight end in Packers history, but his at times brutal inability to gain yards after the catch caused frustration. In response, Green Bay signed Jared Cook, an excellent athlete, this offseason, but after having foot surgery in June, the veteran could be somewhat limited as the season approaches. That would allow a reportedly more slender Rodgers to continue to see the bulk of first-team reps at tight end, where his consistency and familiarity with the Packers' offense could give him a further advantage on Cook when it comes to playing time.
Rodgers (hip) secured five of eight targets for 45 yards in Saturday's 26-20 divisional round overtime loss to the Cardinals. With Davante Adams (knee) sidelined and Randall Cobb (chest) exiting the game early, Rodgers equaled his second-highest target total of the season. He acquitted himself well overall as a safety valve target for Aaron Rodgers, who was up against a fierce Cardinals pass rush that had taken him down eight times in their Week 16 meeting. The second-year pro turned in a very solid sophomore campaign, boosting his catch total to 58 and hauling in an impressive eight touchdowns. He also was targeted an abundant 85 times, a number partially influenced by wideout Jordy Nelson's season-long absence.
Rodgers (hip) is active for Saturday's divisional round contest at Arizona, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Despite coming down with a hip injury and turning in limited practices throughout the week, Rodgers will serve as the Packers' No. 1 tight end, especially with Andrew Quarless (knee) ruled out. Expect Rodgers to take on a normal workload, which has equated to five targets per game (including playoffs) this season.
Rodgers (hip) is listed as probable for Saturday night's playoff game against the Cardinals, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports. Rodgers was limited throughout practice this week, but is still expected to play, which comes as good news in wake of fellow tight end Andrew Quarless (knee) being ruled out. Despite being banged-up, Rodgers should be able to suit up for Saturday's game in Arizona.
Rodgers (hip) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. As the unquestioned No. 1 tight end on the Packers, Rodgers has notched at least one catch in every game (including playoffs) this season. However, his worst statistical outing occurred in Week 16 against Saturday's opponent, the Cardinals, who contained Rodgers to one reception (on three targets) for two yards. With a hip injury in tow, he was contained to individual drills Wednesday, meaning his activity level should be monitored as the weekend approaches.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||New York Giants||32||11.38|
|3 Year Avg||58||39||368||5||18||9.44||66|