Richard Rodgers was not a well known name when the Green Bay Packers selected him in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Yet, when the discussion of who will emerge for the Packers at tight end this season comes up, Rodgers is making a case as to why his shouldn’t be left out.
Rodgers, a 6-4,257-pound tight end from the University of California has been turning heads at Packers’ OTA’s this week and had some particularly impressive catches that caught they eye of head coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“When we made the pick, some of the so-called experts on the draft channel said that he was a late sixth round pick, they had him, as far as a grade,” said the Quarterback. “Which is pretty laughable when you watch the talent that he’s got and the ability.
“It’s helmets and shorts, but you’ve got to be excited about his body type and the hands. He’s made some incredible catches. He makes it look easy.”
McCarty has also had positive things to say about Rodgers and with the void left at the tight end position by the injury and free agent status of former starter Jermichael Finley, getting contributions from a guy like Rodgers will be key going forward.
Rodgers is an interesting prospect who the Packers believe has as good a hands as any tight end in the draft. There is no question Rodgers was hurt by coaching changes at Cal as he played at 275 pounds in 2012, then dropped the weight and played a combination of tight end/wide receiver.
The fact that he is already catching the eye of his All-Pro quarterback is a good sign and lends me to believe that Rodgers might be a factor when it comes to the tight end position this season. He probably does not have the blocking skills to be the starter but he has more than enough talent to play a big role as a move tight end for an offense desperate for someone to step into that role.