Eagles Sign Tight End Richard Rodgers
The Eagles have signed former Green Bay Packers tight end, Richard Rodgers to a 1-year deal. This brings him in to fill one of two vacancies that the Eagles have at the tight end position.
Rodgers In College
Richard Rodgers played his college football at the University of California, Berkeley. During his time there, he played 35/37 possible games. His best season came in 2013, where he recorded 39 receptions for 608 yards. Rodgers was selected by the Packers in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Beginning of Rodgers Career Was Strong
During his first season in Green Bay, Richard Rodgers played in all 16 regular season games. He recorded 20 receptions for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rodgers, however, is most widely known for his 2015 season, where he caught a Hail Mary pass from Aaron Rodgers as time expired, giving the Packers a 27-23 win over the Detroit Lions. The play became known as the Miracle in Motown. 2015 was Rodgers’ best season of his career thus far; he recorded 58 receptions for 510 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Last year, his productivity declined, much due to the absence of an injured Aaron Rodgers. Richard Rodgers only recorded 12 receptions for 160 yards and 1 touchdown. In Eagles talk, however, this is one less reception and 30 more yards than Brent Celek had this past season.
What Will Rodgers Bring To The Birds?
Richard Rodgers brings some key blocking that the Eagles will desperately need after the release of Celek. During his rookie season, Rodgers struggled to block in the beginning but ended up finished as the 5th ranked pass blocking tight end in the league. Not only does Rodgers supply blocking, but also sensational hands as well.
Aaron Rodgers has said about Richard Rodgers, “He’s got incredible hands, I dare say the best hands on the team,” (Robert Zizzo, Green Bay Press-Gazette). In his rookie year, Rodgers only recorded one drop.
After losing Trey Burton to free agency and releasing Brent Celek, the Eagles were in need of two tight ends. Now by adding a young veteran tight-end with some key blocking abilities and reliable hands, it can be expected that the Eagles will set their sites on one more tight end addition via the draft.
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