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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.


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