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10 Jul 2014

No-Huddle Series: Green Bay TE Richard Rodgers

The difference between a college star and an NFL starter is a player’s ability to integrate skills into meaningful play. Otherwise, his value to the team will be little more than that of a bright and shiny athletic object sitting on the bench and collecting rust.

Cal’s tight end Richard Rodgers is a player I’ve been meaning to cover for months, but this No Huddle Series has been sitting in my “drafts” bin since February. Rodgers was one of those prospects where there was a wide range of upside-downside based on how a team saw his fit in its offense. The reason is that Rodgers has played at an H-Back weight below 250 lbs and at an inline weight of 270 lbs.

Read more at the RSP blog.

Posted by: Matt Waldman on 10 Jul 2014

4 comments, Last at 11 Jul 2014, 12:28pm by justanothersteve

Comments

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by Theo :: Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:56am

"The reason is that Rodgers has played at an H-Back weight below 250 lbs and at an inline weight of 270 lbs."

Beyond fishing gear; what's 'inline weight'??

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by tuluse :: Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:49am

I think he means he played inline like a lineman with a weight of 270, as opposed to back a yard like an H-Back.

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by Theo :: Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:36pm

The cut blocks are nice, but once the defense knows you're gonna do it, they'll put their hands on you and you block nothing (as seen at 1:05).

From 1:05 on:
- he first misses his cut block
- on the next play makes holding on the second level block
- then stands in the way well, but gets thrown forward...
- then makes a good seal block
- then makes another block where he doesn't drive and the guy gets away
- then makes a good seal block again

I'd say the seal blocks are pretty good for a TE. His in-space blocking sucks and as a tight end you need to have that skill because you line up wide a lot.

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by justanothersteve :: Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:28pm

I guess that's why he was a third round TE after several others had already been drafted.