Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.
The Falcons no longer consider Jacquizz Rodgers a change-of-pace running back. They may have drafted the 5-foot-6 Rodgers in the fifth round out of Oregon State last season to give opposing defenses a different look from the stout Michael Turner.
According to coach Mike Smith, Rodgers is an every-down running back. And one the team wants to the get the ball to more often.
“Jacquizz is a player that we’ve got to get him some touches,” Smith said after Tuesday’s practice. “We found out very early once we got him here that he is not a change-of-pace back. He’s a guy who can do all the things that you ask a running back to do. You go out and perform and when he’s had his opportunities, he’s done a nice job.
“It is obvious that we need to try to get him the football. Again, it’s tough a chore sometimes based on how teams are trying to defend us and the guys we have on offense.”
The Falcons are looking to decrease the load on Turner. Jason Snelling, who is out with a lower right leg injury, and Rodgers figure to get some of those carries.
In three exhibition games, Rodgers has 61 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. He led the Falcons in rushing in two of the three games.
- Chris Vivlamore
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