Atlanta Falcons: Jacquizz Rodgers is a 3-down back

080912 ATLANTA: Falcons head coach Mike Smith gives running back Jacquizz Rodgers a low five after he rushed for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead over the Ravens during second quarter action in Atlanta on Thursday, August 9, 2012.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

080912 ATLANTA: Falcons head coach Mike Smith gives running back Jacquizz Rodgers a low five after he rushed for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead over the Ravens during second quarter action in Atlanta on Thursday, August 9, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM


After a poor showing against the Ravens, the kickoff return unit played better against Cincinnati.

Jacquizz and James Rodgers split the return duties.

Jacquizz had three kickoff returns for 57 yards. James had 1 for 18.

“We were not happy with the way that we returned kicks last week,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We did a good job this week. It was good to see that.”

Jacquizz Rodgers led the Falcons in rushing against the Bengals with four carries for 24 yards, including a 16-yard gain.

He also caught three passes, including a 22-yarder.

“Quizz is someone that we feel is a three down back,” Smith said. “He can come in a do the things that a three-down back does. He’s is not just a change of pace back.”

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VB

August 17th, 2012
5:12 pm

The Big Cat

August 17th, 2012
5:14 pm

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Another Rick

August 17th, 2012
5:22 pm

Not first but the Falcons will be first!

Sly Boarders

August 17th, 2012
5:25 pm

Was this originally a Twitter post? Why so short?

One more question, how do you know Smith is saying “Quizz” and not “Quiz?”

Flappin' Falcon

August 17th, 2012
5:26 pm

Quiz gives us much more of a dimensional offense than Turner. Teams have ZERO fear of Turner catch & runs. Turner can catch ‘em but he’ll get no YAC. Quiz creates all kinds of issues. Being too small is NOT one of them. His height is a plus. Quiz has YAC written all over him. Huge steal for the Falcons.

thejama

August 17th, 2012
5:34 pm

I like Quizz. Really watching him in this preseason.

78dawg

August 17th, 2012
5:35 pm

I said it last year and even more so now…Turner is slow..not a burner..Can’t use his size to break tackles..and can’t run north and south..and is too slow to run east and west…The team should have cut him and tried to work something out with MJD or just give it to Quizz and Snelling…I appreciate what he did for the team…but should be out now…we will go NOWHERE with him. Give his reps to someone who is a better player..with a no-quit attitude…

PMC

August 17th, 2012
5:37 pm

Turner caught a couple of screens in the last game too. It will be good if they can be versatile with all thier backs.

I hope Quizz can be a big part of the offense, but I like Snelling off of screens too. Turner just needs some space to work. Quizz is so small he can get through those very very very tiny spaces.

PMC

August 17th, 2012
5:38 pm

Turner is also the kind of guy who needs a few carries to get going. It’s the preseason no need to do too much with MT.

We want Turner to be the 2nd half battering ram this year after guys are tired of chasing Roddy, Harry and Julio.

Esquire

August 17th, 2012
5:43 pm

DLed, let’s talk Turner. Last year of his contract, right? Is he half speed because it is preseason? Do you think the Birds tried to shop him around and got no interest? Teams could get him next year for a song………….UNLESS, he proves all of us wrong and plays like his life depended on it. I just don’t see him as a Falcon next year, but is he gonna coast this season…..sure has looked like it in the 2 preseason games. Turner the Burner, is he flaming out?

"Dirty"Harry Callahan

August 17th, 2012
5:46 pm

For about 3 games -A mans go to know his limitatrions

Falcon James

August 17th, 2012
5:54 pm

Quizz look like Mighty Mouse part deaux.

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
6:10 pm

Falcon James………..He is ” Mighty Mouse “, love to see him getting the football……………………………………

JSS

August 17th, 2012
6:35 pm

He was great at Oregon State… But elusiveness is not a cure all… Barry Sanders covered up one of the worst lines in history his last 3 seasons but he took a terrible beating…

ignition

August 17th, 2012
6:47 pm

We can rotate Snelling, Quiz, and Antwoine Smith and cut bait on Turner’s fat behind..
Save the money and get us some more oline and definsive secondary help..

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
7:26 pm

well, guess I will go ahead and order the preseason thing for the 20 bucks…………….I can’t stand the suspense no more of knowing whats going on with the other teams………………………….

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
7:54 pm

It is 15 bucks now…………SeenthisB4…………..I’ll watch your team in a few and see if they overflow that stadium with a capacity crowd……………go Jagsssssssssssss

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
8:15 pm

Touchdown Jags………………..Seen when you see this tell me how come your boys can’t tackle? lmao

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
8:26 pm

lol at the Saints in a half filled stadium 7-3 Jags

steven a smith

August 17th, 2012
8:38 pm

I can not believe that “scrub” Mike Mularkey got a head coaching job. “Only in America can someone be so Inept and prosper!

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
8:55 pm

Breeze and the Saints went 3 and out and sit-down , then the Jags went down the field on em again and scored another touchdown…………………….poor tackles on the Saints defense again………………………………I think they are missing some folks very very badly on the Coaching Staff ! !

What I have saw tonight so far, trust me the Falcons will destroy them !

terrell

August 17th, 2012
8:55 pm

Saints D making Gabbert look like a probowler. lol

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
9:03 pm

Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! terrell……………………….you ” aint ” kidding !

terrell

August 17th, 2012
9:09 pm

Uh oh, Legarret Blunt just tore acl at the very least imho.

terrell

August 17th, 2012
9:12 pm

Brees just got that azz creamed!

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
9:13 pm

!7-3 Jags over the Saints…………………………looks like a butt whippin to me

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
9:28 pm

I am loving the officiating in the Saints game……..

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
9:43 pm

Injury bug biting the Saints tonight, the Jags should have took the 3 points instead of going for it on 4th down and made it 20-10

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
9:52 pm

They just took another player off on a golf cart…………

kingdaddy

August 17th, 2012
10:02 pm

Anybody else impressed with Dominique Davis? Looks like we now have our qb for the future! This kid is exciting and fearless. Redman doesn’t impress me. He has lost confidence and it’s like blood in the water to hungy sharks. No since in prolonging the inevitable, cut him. Davis has the stones to play professional ball. He’s got the arm and is elusive. Mike Smith, please don’t let this kid get away. You’re looking at our future. This kid will fill the seats, mark my words…

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
11:35 pm

Mularkey led Jags whipped the Aints 27 to 24 in the Mercedes Dome and its a wrap……………………..

Big Ray

August 18th, 2012
12:39 am

Have to laugh at that one. So where are all the usual smart-a$$es? Nothing to say?

Saints losing to Jags in ANY game is too funny. So where’s all the usual conventional “wisdom?”

Crickets…

Whopper Dawg

August 18th, 2012
12:45 am

Ledbetter, you are stealing your paycheck.

John Ellison

August 18th, 2012
9:11 am

Stop wasting downs by giving the ball to Turner. He just falls down on contact.

detlions

August 18th, 2012
9:11 am

The title and content of this article seem unrelated. I was expecting to read more on Rodgers’ skills and durability to be an every down back.

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Barry

August 18th, 2012
1:00 pm

HEY Y’ALL:

WE NEED A “ZONE RUN BLOCKING SCHEME FOR RODGERS AND ALL THE OTHER BACKS. I AM TELLING YOU OUR OFFENSE. WOULD UNSTOPPABLE. IN THE PASSING AND RUNNING GAME. WE NEEDTL THIS IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!!”.

GO FALCONS!!!!

“FALCONS RISE UP!!” IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”.

SSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHH!!!!!!
This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!

,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!”……

Big Mike

August 18th, 2012
1:19 pm

Quizz is a late-round pick who has demonstrated nothing that is worthy of note. The exitement about his potential impact is unwarranted by his contributions thus far. Also, Turner is finished. It’s all up to Ryan in 2012. Yikes.

adam b

August 18th, 2012
1:59 pm

king daddy you are absolutley rite. This kid Davis has no fear. He is poised, has a strong arm, not afraid to throw it (JPW, REDMAN) and can lead the offense. and then he has the speed and elusiveness to make the first down to keep the drive going. Not sure why he had so many INTs as a senior because he seems very accurate. would help if the recievers could catch the ball

adam b

August 18th, 2012
2:01 pm

KERRY MEIRER??? why do we hear about this whitey have an AWESOME training camp only to never hear about him in the pre-season , much less the regular season. What is the deal with this guy? Does he even dress for games? cut him and sign some veteran who we KNOW can play somewhere and contribute. geeze.

old man

August 19th, 2012
9:30 am

I’m not sure Quizz is our three down back. Maybe, maybe not. But that’s what we need–a three down back, not a third down back. There’s a difference.

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