Being the brother of All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers has its perks. Just ask Jordan Rodgers, an undrafted rookie hoping to stick with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Throughout his two seasons as the Commodores’ starter, Rodgers amassed 4,063 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while completing only 55.9 percent of his pass attempts. He also added 491 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, showing some of the scrambling ability that his brother flaunts on a weekly basis.
Despite his less-than-impressive showing throughout college, Rodgers possesses some of the physical tools that have turned his brother into one of the top passers in the NFL. With a big arm and plenty of athleticism, Rodgers excelled in Vanderbilt’s spread offense and used his feet to make plays outside of the pocket.
What has held Rodgers back is his decision making. All too often, he’ll throw across his body or into double coverage, which ends in interceptions too consistently for a capable NFL quarterback. Even when using his athleticism, Rodgers has a tendency to bail out of the pocket too early and misses opportunities to hit receivers downfield because he’s too eager to tuck it and run. Accuracy has also proven to be an issue.
Once training camp gets under way with the Jaguars, Rodgers will be given the opportunity to supplant fellow undrafted rookie Matt Scott for the No. 3 quarterback job behind Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. Although the odds are stacked against the former Commodore, Rodgers does offer some intrigue as a sleeper/project.
The tools are all there. The biggest question is whether or not Rodgers can put it all together mentally and learn to make smarter decisions from within the pocket. If he can hone the finer points of the position, there’s no reason to believe he couldn’t eventually catch on as a quality backup.
First on the agenda is making the Jaguars believe he’s worth keeping around. We’ll see during training camp if he’s up to the task.