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This Rodgers from Cal has a different kind of story

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 23, 2014 – 12:03 pm

Cal TE Richard Rodgers

Cal TE Richard Rodgers

INDIANAPOLIS–His name is Rodgers and he’s from Cal.

No, not that Rodgers. This is Richard Rodgers and he’s a tight end with an interesting story. Rodgers is one of the few prospects that’s been asked to lose weight and become a pass catcher, instead of gain weight and become a blocker.

Rodgers is 6-4, 257. He was up to 275 pounds when he was asked to make the move from a blocking tight end in a two-TE set to a receiving tight end in a motion-type offense.

Packers.com draft contributor Tony Pauline believes Rodgers possesses the talent to be a draft steal for a team with a plan and the patience to execute it.

“Rodgers was never able to develop at one position during his time at Cal but possesses the underlying athleticism to be the type of tight end the NFL yearns for these days, a big-bodied pass catcher that gets down the seam and creates mismatches in the secondary,” Pauline said.

“They came to me and told me that if I didn’t get my weight down I wouldn’t play. So I had to do that and that’s what I did,” Rodgers said of losing weight and becoming a pass catcher.

It’s a request that could result in a professional football career.


Posted in Packers.com Blog | 16 Comments »


16 Responses to “This Rodgers from Cal has a different kind of story”

  1. By Spanko on Feb 23, 2014 | Reply

    DRAFT HIM

  2. By 06cedmuho on Feb 23, 2014 | Reply

    Reblogged this on 06cedmuho.

  3. By OKGOPACK on Feb 24, 2014 | Reply

    Rodgers from Cal, is it Meant To Be?

  4. By JonParr on Feb 24, 2014 | Reply

    I can just hear it…Rodgers to Rodgers for the TOUCHDOWN!!!!

  5. By Heisenberg on Feb 24, 2014 | Reply

    He ran a 4.87 in the 40. I realize the 40 is worth almost nothing, but when you are looking for a seam-stretching TE, that is not ideal. I’d rather stick with Brandon Bostick.

  6. By Heisenberg on Feb 24, 2014 | Reply

    He ran a 4.87 in the 40 yard dash. I realize the 40 is worth almost nothing, but when you are looking for a seam-stretching TE, that is not ideal. I’d rather stick with Brandon Bostick.

  7. By fubar000 on Feb 24, 2014 | Reply

    We need a consistent playmaker playing tight end-someone who can dislodge the team out of a difficult situation; someone who we can all feel comfortable with in a do or die play to make tough catches for a first down or touch down. This is esp. critical when we play against better teams like San Fran or Seattle. We need someone Rodgers can target and know that as long as Rodgers is targeting him we have a chance to win on that play. I care that TT chooses someone who can do just that and it’ll be all that matters.

  8. By Tim on Feb 24, 2014 | Reply

    Relax. If he really was any good the Pack would not put it out for all to see.

  9. By jeff k on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    Good call!

  10. By Dan A on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    This young man could be a good prospect…he will need time! Draft him, but retain Quarless!

  11. By Frolio on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    While it doesn’t quite have the ring of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Stoneburner might work okay. This guy could be a Cinderella story, and hearing his name called on draft day would be like the Sound of Music to him. Too bad he didn’t play at Oklahoma . . .

  12. By northerner on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    6’4″ receiver with the Pack? One can only imagine what an option that would be for AR to toss it up for the giraffe to bring it down.

  13. By Rusty Draper on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    Come on T.T shock the world . Sign a big name free agent.

  14. By robert on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    Trade all picks and get Clowney

  15. By dean on Feb 26, 2014 | Reply

    We have to look to the future since Jermichael Finley’s career is in question @ this time.

  16. By KyPackerFan on Mar 1, 2014 | Reply

    TT knows what’s what better than we do and he will make the right choices.

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