2018 NFL Draft

James Rodgers, WR

School: Oregon State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Richmond, TX
Height/Weight: 5-07 / 184 lbs.
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04/23/2012 - Former Oregon State wide receiver James Rodgers was at spring practice on Saturday and said he was excited about the upcoming NFL draft. Since the NFL combine and Oregon State's pro day, Rodgers said he has worked out with two NFL teams but didn't want to disclose which ones. He said coaches have told him they like his attributes. "I'm versatile. I can return, catch the ball," said Rodgers. "I'm very excited (about playing special teams.) I like tackling people." He said he doesn't have any special plans for draft day and will spend it "working out and relaxing." "I don't want to set any high expectations," said Rodgers. "I'm just trying to get drafted. I just know I'm on the draft board. That's all that matters." Rodgers has signed with an agent and has received plenty of advice from his brother Jacquizz Rodgers, who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons last year. "I was around him through the whole process, so I pretty much know how things are going to go." - KVAL Sports

09/21/2011 - Oregon State says flanker James Rodgers has been cleared to play Saturday against UCLA. Rodgers is coming off two surgeries on his left knee. He was injured last October during a Beavers game at Arizona. Oregon State asked for and received a fifth year of eligibility for Rodgers, who is the older brother of former Beavers running back Jacquizz Rodgers. Quizz, as he was known, left school a year early for the NFL and now plays with the Atlanta Falcons. Rodgers was ranked sixth in the nation with an average of 176.75 all-purpose yards last season when he was hurt. He holds Oregon State's record for all-purpose yards with 5,784. - AP Sports

08/29/2011 - WR James Rodgers is fully expected to return from knee surgery to play this season he was cleared for non-contact activity on Aug. 4 and returned to a near-maximum capacity less than a week later and he's likely to put his name at the top of several OSU career lists. He already holds the OSU record for all-purpose yardage (receiving, rushing and kick returns) with 5,784. Rodgers is currently third in OSU career receptions with 177 (record is 220) and fifth in receiving yards with 2,064 (record is 3,924) and receiving touchdowns with 16 (record is 20). - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2011 - It promises to be a new look for Oregon State, but how new won't be known until the season is underway, and possibly beyond the opener Sept. 3 against Sacramento State. There have certainly been administrative changes. Mike Riley knew his 11th season as the head coach of the Beavers couldn't be a repeat of the 5-7 disappointment of 2010, so he shook up his staff, including letting go his most tenured assistant coach, Greg Newhouse. That and the decision by running backs coach Reggie Davis to return to the NFL led to a restructuring of the staff, with veterans Mark Banker (linebackers in addition to being defensive coordinator) and Jay Locey (switched from wide receivers to tight ends) given new assignments and Chris Brasfield (running backs) and Brent Brennan (wide receivers) added to the staff. All of that seemed to create a new energy during spring drills, but now comes the challenge of game preparations. What the Beavers also won't know for a while is the definite makeup of their lineup, particularly on the offensive side. Wide receivers James Rodgers (knee) and Jordan Bishop (foot) both missed all of the spring drills and will be brought along slowly during August practice. Rodgers returned the first week of drills but wasn't exposed to full-contact drills. There is also uncertainty about when H-back Joe Halahuni will be ready for full contact after surgery following spring drills. - The Sports Xchange

08/24/2011 - James Rodgers had knee surgery in October. A second surgery followed in February to help the recovery process. To get through it, he focused on the positive, keeping his mind on doing his rehab and not dwelling on the past. He gained a medical hardship waiver to come back for another season, graduated in June with a degree in speech communications and switched his jersey number from 8 to 1, which was Quizz's number. Rodgers has made no secret of his desire not to miss any games in 2011, and has stated his intention to be ready for the Beavers' opener with Sacramento State on Sept. 3. That is probably not going to happen. Riley has actively tamped down optimism about Rodgers' return and is not likely to rush Rodgers back to play against the Hornets of the lower-level Football Championship Subdivision. "We have a pretty good picture of where he is right now and that is `not ready' at this time," Riley said. "But, I think that the next time we talk to the doctor and the doctor gives an indication of where he is and how he's doing, we'll know more about the possibility of him (playing)." Rodgers didn't disagree with his coach's assessment, but said he believes he'll be able to do all the things he used to do. "Everything feels basically good; it's just me working my way back into things," he said. "The main thing is just getting back to running routes, running deep and everything." Not everyone has written Rodgers off. Last week, he was named a Playboy Preseason All-American kick returner. However, Riley has indicated he might use Rodgers exclusively as a receiver this season. Riley has seen things from Rodgers that have encouraged him: "I (like) the fact when he's running fast he can still sink his hips and come up from a break - that's how he really made a living at his position -- so I think those are good signs," he said. "It's not there yet, but maybe it's coming." When his time does come, Rodgers says he'll be ready. - AP Sports

08/15/2011 - It bothered James Rodgers hearing and reading about all the speculation as to whether he could come back from a gruesome knee injury. He was asked by random people, then there was the media and fan message boards wondering if he would give it up or just not return to the Oregon State football team. Rodgers was a true senior last season and graduated with a speech communications degree in June. The only reason to apply for the medical hardship waiver to come back for 2011 was because he wanted to play again. His intent was always to come back and finish his career strong. Plus, he hopes to show NFL scouts he can come back and be as productive as before. "Of course, that's the No. 1 question I'll be asked, but that was never in my head," Rodgers said of not coming back. "I just worked hard and let everything else take care of itself." Still, two surgeries to reconstruct his left knee that was damaged Oct. 6 in Arizona is a lot to recover from. The first surgery was in late October, with the last one in late February. They were done in stages to help the recovery process. Rodgers needed the knee fully healed before he could start working out again, so he watched spring practice on crutches. He was antsy to get going, and then hit rehab hard during the summer back home near Houston. "It was tough knowing you can't be on the field," Rodgers said. Coach Mike Riley says Rodgers is ahead of schedule, but won't set any timetables for his return. He considers any contributions by Rodgers this season as icing on the cake. "He'll do more each day, and we'll see where he's at," Riley said. - Cliff Kirkpatrick, The Corvallis Gazette-Times

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: James Rodgers, Oregon State, has been named one of 50 players selected to the Paul Hornung Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. - The Louisville Sports Commission

08/09/2011 - The Oregon State Beavers have embarked on fall practice in workmanlike manner, typical of low-key coach Mike Riley. There was no big local "media day" with speeches and prognostication about the upcoming season. Instead, the Beavers simply started practicing this week. And all eyes were on senior flanker James Rodgers, who is coming off two knee surgeries. Rodgers was cleared last week to practice in "limited fashion." Riley said he would remain at that status for an undetermined amount of time. Rodgers was out on the field on Monday, wearing little brother Jacquizz Rodgers' Oregon State No. 1 jersey. Jacquizz Rodgers decided to leave the Beavers a year early and is now with the Atlanta Falcons. - AP Sports

08/03/2011 - Oregon State flanker James Rodgers has been cleared to practice in a "limited fashion" after two knee surgeries. Rodgers' status was announced by coach Mike Riley on Wednesday. The Beavers start fall practice on Monday. Riley says Rodgers will practice on a limited basis for an undetermined time. More information is expected next week after Riley meets with the team physician and trainer. When he hurt his left knee last season, Rodgers was ranked sixth in the nation with an average of 176.75 all-purpose yards. He was averaging 18.33 yards on punt returns and 28.67 yards on kickoff returns. He was granted a fifth year of eligibility because of the injury. - AP Sports