It became rather obvious towards the end of Michael Turner‘s tenure with the Atlanta Falcons that the team were sold on giving the starting running back job to Jacquizz Rodgers. Well, Turner was let go this off-season, but the Falcons made it even harder for Rodgers to get touches in 2013.
Last year, Rodgers was involved in one fewer offensive snap than Turner as offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter had grown tired of Turner’s abysmal 3.6 yards per carry.
The Falcons threw us for a loop when they spent $12 million on running back Steven Jackson, who has had eight straight seasons of at least 1,000 yards. Jackson did not come to Atlanta to play second fiddle to anyone and in seven of his eight years as a starter with the St. Louis Rams, he never had another back rush for more than 361 yards.
The years have been kind to Jackson in terms of production, but over the last two seasons he has had back-up running backs have good seasons. Before the 2012 campaign, the Rams’ back was quite the hog with rush yards as his backups averaged a mere 241 yards on the ground a season.
Even though Jackson is not in his prime, he remains the top-tier running back in Atlanta, which makes Rodgers a backup for the third straight season. As a fifth-round pick, Rodgers has already exceeded expectations, but his dreams of being a starting NFL running back have appeared to have gone by the wayside with this signing.