1) Introduction: Rodgers was the second of two third-round picks by the Packers in 2014. He gained more playing time as the season went on and was a regular contributor by playoff time. He will compete for a starting spot in 2015.
- Age: 23
- Born: 1/22/92 in Martinez, CA
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 257
- College: Cal Berkeley
- Rookie Year: 2014
- NFL Experience: 1 year
3) Expectations coming into the season: Many were scratching their heads when Rodgers was drafted in the third round of last year’s draft. The Packers needed a tight end, but Rodgers wasn’t listed that high on many other NFL boards. He came in expected to quickly learn his craft behind Andrew Quarless and hopefully give the Packers a new wrinkle with a second tight end on offense.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: All three of Rodgers’ touchdown catches were his highlights. His first against the Minnesota Vikings came on a two-yard pass that was heaved clear across the field when Rodgers was left alone in the end zone. His early touchdown on a seam route against the New England Patriots a week later established an early lead that the Packers would never relinquish. And lastly, his grab of a perfectly-thrown ball by Aaron Rodgers against the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round was almost as good as the throw itself. Rodgers had some key catches in a week 17 win against the Detroit Lions to help seal the first-round bye. Rodgers’ low-light came in week three when his terrible blocking against the Lions earned him a seat on the bench. In week one against the Seattle Seahawks, Rodgers was caught out of position and tangled up with offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. Bulaga was injured on the play and gave way to Derek Sherrod, who was torched on the right side the rest of the night.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Rodgers turned it up in the second half of the season and became part of the rotation at tight end with Quarless. He made some big plays late in the year when the lights were brightest and on the biggest stage.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Rodgers had the big touchdown against the Cowboys and added in four catches against the Seahawks in the NFC championship game.
7) Intangibles: Rodgers caught everything in sight this season. Steady hands and a solid approach to the game. Willing to learn and be coached. With as much as Rodgers gave the Packers this season, there is a lot of hope that he can make a jump in year two and really elevate his game.
Season Report Card (Player Grades):
(B+) Level of expectations met during the season
(B+) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(A-) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: B+——————
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