Atlanta Falcons Training Camp Profile: James Rodgers

By Anthony Blake
James Rodgers Atlanta Falcons
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The rich just seem to keep getting richer when it comes to the Atlanta Falcons on offense. For a team that reached the NFC Championship game a year ago and has boasted a top 10 offensive attack for the past two seasons, the Falcons don’t seem to need to get any more dynamic on the offensive side of the football.

Forget that as the Falcons now have Jacquizz Rodgers’ older brother James Rodgers on the depth chart at wide receiver. Now obviously he isn’t going to take any reps away from the likes of Roddy White or Julio Jones, but Rodgers could carve out a niche for himself in the Atlanta offense. The two Rodgers brothers were clearly successful during their time together with the Oregon State Beavers, but that doesn’t always translate at the next level.

Last offseason the elder Rodgers failed to make the final roster cut with the Falcons only to be re-signed to the practice squad shortly thereafter. With another year of seasoning under his belt, perhaps a reunion is in order for the upcoming season.

At the wide receiver spot, James Rodgers will have guys like Drew Davis, Tim Toone, and Kevin Cone to leap over if he hopes to land a fourth receiving role behind Harry Douglas. Given the way the Falcons spread opponents out offensively it would seem advantageous for them to try and keep as many playmakers as possible on the active roster. If he can impress in training camp, James may have a shot at making that final cut down to 53 this September.

Even though Jacquizz is the established name at the NFL level, James had his fair share of success collegiately. He holds the school record with 222 career receptions and also has the record with 6,377 all-purpose yards. With a good showing in camp, perhaps the elder Rodgers will be bringing some of that production to the turf in Atlanta this season.

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