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Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers

Tight End #82
Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 257 lb.
College:California
Age:28
Born:January 22, 1992
Drafted:2014 / Rd. 3 (98)
Draft Team:GB

Richard Rodgers: Paces pass catchers in win

Rodgers brought in six of eight targets for 85 yards in the Eagles' 22-21 win over the Giants on Thursday night.

Analysis: The veteran tight end was the surprising leader for the Eagles in receptions and receiving yards for the night, as he rose to the top of the depth chart at the position with Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz both on injured reserve with ankle injuries. Rodgers has been almost exclusively utilized as a blocker thus far during his two-plus seasons with the Eagles, but Thursday, he showed flashes of the solid pass catcher that posted a 58-510-8 line for the Packers back in 2015. With neither of his injured teammates expected back for a Week 8 divisional clash against the Cowboys on Nov. 1, Rodgers could well serve as the primary tight end for that contest as well.

October 22, 2020 10:13 PM EST

Richard Rodgers: Starting role awaits

Rodgers is slated to serve as the Eagles' top tight end in Thursday's game against the Giants with Zach Ertz (ankle) expected to be sidelined for 3-to-4 weeks, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Rodgers opened the campaign as the third man on the depth chart at the position, but he'll ascend to the No. 1 spot in less than half the season with Dallas Goedert (ankle) unlikely to return from injured reserve this week and with Ertz now presumably sidelined until after the team's Week 9 bye. Thanks to Ertz's early departure along with a pass-heavy game script, Rodgers played a season-high 60 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps in Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Ravens, hauling in all three of his targets for 31 yards. He could see his snap count bump up a bit more Week 7, but Rodgers may not be in store for a substantial boost in targets if the Eagles get injured receivers Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) back in the lineup.

October 19, 2020 12:42 PM EST

Richard Rodgers: Makes trio of grabs in loss

Rodgers brought in all three of his targets for 31 yards in the Eagles' 30-28 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran equaled a season high in receptions and checked in second in receiving yardage, with the 28-year-old serving as the most experienced tight end still standing for the Eagles once Zach Ertz exited due to an ankle injury with 9:30 remaining in the contest. Rodgers has played a serviceable complementary role while Dallas Goedert (IR-ankle) has been sidelined, posting a 9-99 line over four contests while primarily serving as a blocker. However, if Goedert doesn't return when first eligible in a Thursday night Week 7 contest versus the Giants and Ertz is also sidelined for the contest, Rodgers may be in line for expanded duty.

October 18, 2020 5:03 PM EST

Richard Rodgers: Limited at practice

Rodgers (neck) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: The 28-year-old saw his role decline a bit in Week 5, catching just one pass during 32 percent of the team's offensive snaps, and it appears the injury could have played a role. Rodgers was thrust into the lineup with Dallas Goedert (ankle) landing on injured reserve, leaving just Hakeem Butler as the only healthy tight end behind Zach Ertz. Rodgers will have two more chances to suit up in practice before Sunday's game against the Ravens.

October 14, 2020 3:28 PM EST

Richard Rodgers: Role declines in Week 5

Rodgers caught his lone target for an 18-yard gain Sunday in the Eagles' 38-29 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: With Dallas Goedert (ankle) sidelined for a second straight game, Rodgers remained the Eagles' No. 2 tight end, but he was unable to build on the three-catch, 35-yard outing he posted in the team's Week 4 win over the 49ers. Top tight end Zach Ertz (one catch for six yards) was also silent Sunday, as wideout Travis Fulgham (10 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown) instead garnered most of the looks from quarterback Carson Wentz. The Eagles could get two more receivers in Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) back Week 6 against the Ravens, so even with Goedert (ankle) still on injured reserve, Rodgers is unlikely to see his role in the passing game grow.

October 13, 2020 10:09 AM EST

Richard Rodgers: Draws four targets in victory

Rodgers caught three of his four targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 25-20 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Rodgers produced more than he did a week prior, when he replaced an injured Dallas Goedert (ankle). However, the California product saw just 22 snaps, or 35 percent of the offensive total. With Goedert set to miss at least two more weeks, Rodgers should continue to see similar playing time.

October 5, 2020 3:46 PM EST

Richard Rodgers: Makes two catches in tie

Rodgers caught both of his targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 23-23 tie with Cincinnati.

Analysis: Rodgers had seen just two plays all year on offense prior to Dallas Goedert's ankle injury in the first quarter Sunday. Afterward, the 28-year-old saw 33 snaps and drew his first targets of the season. With Goedert set to miss time, Rodgers should continue to see significant playing time compared to the season's first couple of weeks but is unlikely to replace the 2018 second-rounder's production.

September 29, 2020 1:22 AM EST

Richard Rodgers: Returns to Philly

The Eagles signed Rodgers to a contract Tuesday.

Analysis: Rodgers has a bit of experience with the Eagles and coach Doug Pederson, having spent all of 2018 and parts to last season with the team. After emerging from this past weekend with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert at tight end, there was a need at the position, so the 28-year-old Rodgers is a reasonable enough option. It's unclear if Rodgers will be a regular inactive on game days, though.

September 8, 2020 3:45 PM EST

Richard Rodgers: Cut by Washington

Rodgers was released by Washington on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rodgers signed a contract back in March to compete for the starting TE job with Jeremy Sprinkle and Logan Thomas, but it became quickly clear the former Packer had been passed by on the depth chart. It's possible an early release could afford Rodgers time to catch on another team's roster, but he's played just 47 snaps over the past two years and was largely ineffective during his time with the Packers as well. More than likely the 2014 third-round pick will simply be forced to bide his time in free agency until injuries force a needy team to come calling.

September 5, 2020 7:44 AM EST

Richard Rodgers: Lands in Washington

Rodgers signed a contract with the Redskins on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rodgers was added to the roster by the Eagles in Week 16 of last season, and he played two games in 2019, logging eight total offensive snaps. With the absence of Jordan Reed in Washington, there seems to be no clear No. 1 option at tight end heading into 2020. Rodgers will likely battle Jeremy Sprinkle and Logan Thomas for snaps next campaign.

March 24, 2020 4:26 PM EST

Richard Rodgers: Gets action at end of 2019

Rodgers played eight offensive snaps over two games, including the postseason loss to the Seahawks, in 2019.

Analysis: Rodgers started the season on IR due to a foot injury, but he was waived with an injury settlement in September to become a free agent. The 28-year-old tight end re-joined the team in December with Zach Ertz dealing with a rib injury, but Rodgers was used mainly in a run-blocking role. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in March, and if he sticks with the Eagles, a similar reserve role is expected in 2020.

January 22, 2020 10:29 AM EST

Richard Rodgers: Joins Eagles

Rodgers signed with Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Analysis: With Zach Ertz fracturing a rib in Week 16, the team was in need of depth behind Dallas Goedert and Joshua Perkins at tight end. Rodgers was waived by the team with an injury settlement earlier this season and has yet to see NFL action in 2019.

December 24, 2019 11:24 AM EST

Richard Rodgers: Hits waivers with settlement

The Eagles waived Rodgers (foot) with an injury settlement Wednesday.

Analysis: Rodgers wasn't able to stay healthy through the preseason, and he wasn't expected to have a major role in the offense anyway with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert around. If he clears waivers, he'll be free to sign with any team once healthy.

September 11, 2019 1:47 PM EST

Richard Rodgers: Lands on IR

The Eagles placed Rodgers (foot) on injured reserve Friday, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Rodgers suffered the injury during joint practices with the Ravens on Aug. 19. Regardless of his health, it seemed unlikely that the former Packer was going to see much playing time anyway, what with Dallas Goedert (calf) and fantasy stud Zach Ertz listed ahead of him on the depth chart. Rodgers won't count against the Eagles' roster limit, allowing them a little flexibility as the deadline for roster cuts draws closer.

August 30, 2019 3:58 PM EST

Richard Rodgers: Out with foot injury

Rodgers is expected to be sidelined multiple weeks with a foot injury, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Rodgers sustained the injury during Monday's joint practice with the Ravens and left the sideline via a cart. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but a multi-week timetable at this point in the preseason put him in doubt for Week 1.

August 22, 2019 8:14 AM EST

Richard Rodgers: Receives medical testing

Rodgers (lower leg) is undergoing more tests Tuesday, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Rodgers suffered an apparent lower left leg injury during Monday's practice, the severity of which caused him to be carted off the field. It remains to be seen whether the No. 3 tight end will miss significant time due to injury.

August 20, 2019 8:55 AM EST

Richard Rodgers: Nursing lower leg injury

Rodgers suffered a lower left leg injury Monday, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports.

Analysis: Rodgers was carted off the field during Monday's practice after having missed the previous two weeks due to a foot issue. The severity of Rodgers' injury remains unknown at this time. If Rodgers were to miss significant time, it would allow Joshua Perkins, Will Tye and Alex Ellis to compete for the No. 3 tight end role.

August 19, 2019 4:18 PM EST

Richard Rodgers: Leaves practice on cart

Rodgers was carted off the practice field Monday, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The nature and severity of Rodgers' injury remain undisclosed at this time. The veteran tight end missed time due to a foot injury previously in training camp, and it remains to be seen whether his current injury is related. If Rodgers were to miss significant time, Joshua Perkins, Will Tye and Alex Ellis would compete for the No. 3 role behind Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert (calf).

August 19, 2019 2:26 PM EST

Richard Rodgers: Absent Saturday

Rodgers was absent at Saturday's practice due to a foot injury, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Rodgers evidently picked up the injury earlier this week, as there was no indication the veteran tight end was hurt prior to Saturday. Considering the team listed Rodgers as "day-to-day" in their pre-practice injury report, it's fair to suggest the 27-year-old isn't expected to miss much time.

August 3, 2019 7:50 AM EST

Richard Rodgers: Staying with Eagles

Rodgers signed a two-year contract with the Eagles on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Eagles have been among the league leaders in using two- and three-tight end packages under head coach Doug Pederson, so the third tight end on the roster is more important than usual in Philadephia than other places. Rodgers' return to the Eagles could therefore be of importance in fantasy should something happen to Zach Ertz or Dallas Goedert in 2019.

March 28, 2019 1:19 PM EST

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