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When the Green Bay Packers drafted tight end Richard Rodgers in the third round of this year’s draft, they announced to the league that they were moving on from the Jermichael Finley era.
Since the opening of training camp, it seems like the Packers have given every opportunity for Rodgers to win the starting tight end job. He routinely practices with the first team and has seen extensive playing time with the starters in the three preseason games so far.
To date, Rodgers has not disappointed. He is blocking very well and is now being trusted more in the passing game.
In the video below, I break down two plays where he was trusted to help keep the opening touchdown drive alive. In the first play, he runs a seam route and converts a third down. In the second play, he is sound in his blocking, which allows the offensive linemen to execute their blocks without worrying about him.
It’s also worth watching how well T.J. Lang and Eddie Lacy perform in the second play. They are going to scare defensive coordinators this season.
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