The Green Bay Packers have unlimited potential on offense in 2014. They have prime players from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to running back Eddie Lacy to wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
However, since the departure of Jermichael Finley due to injury, there is no one there to fill the void. Until now that is.
Enter third round pick Richard Rodgers out of California University. Yes, another guy named Rodgers out of Cal; already sounds like a good pick.
Rodgers was a tight end who was converted to wide receiver in his senior year in the new Cal offense in 2013. Now the one time receiver is converted back to tight end for Green Bay. He was able to gain his weight back and get back up to 250 pounds to match his 6'4 frame.
His hands are great and potential is through the roof due to his immense athleticism, however, he has not put it all together, until now.
He has no doubt been the tight end star in a rather less than impressive crowd. He has drawn the eye of the coaching staff, and Aaron Rodgers more importantly. Rodgers was quoted as saying, " I cannot believe people thought it was crazy to draft this guy in round three. You throw him the ball and you think, how was this guy still available round three?"
Rodgers is making a handful of spectacular plays and he was rewarded with his effort by getting the first team reps at tight end in the Packers latest preseason game against Oakland. His first catch went on a small crossing route for 32 yards as he blew past three defenders like a true playmaker.
Truth is, any tight end in this prolific offense with Rodgers throwing the ball has a chance to be great like Finley. However, Richard Rogders' great size and speed to go along with receiver like hands makes him a true threat over the middle of the field. If he can prove himself in the blocking game, he will never leave the field in one of the league's best offenses.