Rodgers signed a two-year contract with the Eagles on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Eagles have been among the league leaders in using two- and three-tight end packages under head coach Doug Pederson, so the third tight end on the roster is more important than usual in Philadephia than other places. Rodgers' return to the Eagles could therefore be of importance in fantasy should something happen to Zach Ertz or Dallas Goedert in 2019.
Rodgers appeared in seven games during his first season in Philadelphia, finishing with one reception for seven yards. Rodgers was expected to battle rookie Dallas Goedert for the top backup job behind Zach Ertz, but a preseason knee injury undermined the veteran's efforts. By the time Rodgers returned to availability mid-season, Goedert had firmly entrenched himself as the No. 2 tight end. Rodgers never played more than 13 offensive snaps in any of his contests and will now test his luck in free agency this offseason.
The Eagles activated Rodgers (knee) from injured reserve Friday, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports. Though he only resumed practicing with the Eagles this week after being moved to IR in early September following a preseason knee injury, Rodgers' performance in those sessions apparently made the team confident he was ready for game action. He'll assume the roster spot and depth-chart position of third-string tight end Joshua Perkins (knee), who shifted to IR in a corresponding move. Rodgers will have a tough time seeing snaps on offense so long as the team's top two tight ends, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, both remain healthy.
Coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday that Rodgers (knee), who was cleared to practice a day earlier, could be reinstated from injured reserve ahead of this weekend's game against the Saints, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports. Rodgers has been sidelined since Aug. 16 after injuring his knee in a preseason contest with New England, resulting in his placement on IR ahead of Week 1. The Eagles labeled Rodgers as week-to-week at the time, and there haven't been any reports suggesting he required anything more than rest and rehab to overcome the injury, so the tight end may not need as much practice time to get back to full speed as most players that are designated to return from IR. If cleared to play Sunday, Rodgers would offer the Eagles a quality depth option behind Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Joshua Perkins, who has served as the Eagles' third tight end for most of this season, came out of the Week 10 loss to the Cowboys with a knee injury and will miss "significant time," according to Pederson, leaving Rodgers with a clear path to the No. 3 role.
The Eagles cleared Rodgers (knee) to practice Tuesday, opening a 21-day window in which to activate the tight end from injured reserve, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Sidelined since injuring his right knee in preseason Week 2, Rodgers is entering the final stages in a quest to make his Eagles debut. With fellow TE Zach Ertz embedded as the team's clear-cut top pass catcher and rookie Dallas Goedert a more than competent blocker, Rodgers may find snaps difficult to come by once he's cleared to play. However, Rodgers could make an impact in the red zone after averaging 6.5 targets per season in the region during four years with the Packers.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/27||@Green Bay Packers||8||5.50|
|5||10/06||New York Jets||6||4.88|
|11||11/17||New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|14||12/10||New York Giants||19||7.38|
|17||12/29||@New York Giants||19||7.38|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||22||14||146||1||7||10.43||20|