Packers Xs and Os Film Session: Trust in Richard Rodgers

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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.

I believe the video embedded above to be fair use under the premise of being a short clip of the original broadcast that is transformative for news reporting, commentary, critique, illustration, and teaching purposes.


Jay Hodgson is an independent sports blogger writing for and

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6 thoughts on “Packers Xs and Os Film Session: Trust in Richard Rodgers

  1. Wow, very impressive video. Really intelligent commentary throughout. Good job Jay, only wish I could put a face to your great observations. Go Pack!

  2. Jay, Great breakdown of the game. I was pretty skeptical of the Rodgers pick, but I need to trust that TT knows what he’s doing. Got to watch them for the first time in preseason & pretty excited about the upcoming season with the firepower, (hopefully) improved D and promising young talent. As tough as it is to believe, it seems to get better every year. Enjoy it while its there. Go pack!

  3. If TT was willing to play the last couple years w/o a viable back-up QB why would he keep 2 this year? Why not just keep the better one – Tolzein? W/o Rodgers this team is ordinary at best so load up assuming you have AROD.

  4. Your film sessions are great. I was wondering whether if Jordy Nelson had been blocking rather than Boykin, that might not have been a TD. Boykin eventually finds someone to block a bit, but Lacy can’t cut off behind Boykin’s block. Blocking by WRs on running plays is often overlooked by we casual fans, if only because it often is not shown on our TV screens.

  5. Thanks for the kind words, and I’m glad you like the videos. Keep watching them, and I’ll keep making them.

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