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Richard Rodgers is Probably Making That Second-Year Jump

Richard Rodgers

You know all about the second-year jump. You LOVE the second-year jump! Who’s making the second-year jump this year?

One Richard Rodgers, it appears.

Rodgers was a non-factor at tight end as a rookie, which isn’t totally surprising. Most rookie tight ends are non-factors, especially ones like Rodgers, who aren’t asked to block in college.

Rodgers began the season as a starter, but bungled his way to the bench to sit behind the vaunted Andrew Quarless. He would finish the year with 20 catches for 225 yards and two touchdowns.

But this is DickRodge’s year, yo!

“I think he’s definitely taken a step,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “The thing I really like that he’s doing, he’s had some dominant plays in special teams. He blocked two punts today as far as punt rush. He’s taking a step offensively.”

That offensive step better be in the blocking department because that’s what’s going to get Rodgers on the field.

Here’s what we love about the good, old second-year jump, though. Lots of guys have supposedly made the second-year jump and some of them end up jumping right over to the waiver wire, rather than doing anything on the football field.

Brandon Underwood comes to mind.

Here’s the other thing.

DickRodge was a hero in training camp last season. He was making plays all over the place. You were sitting there thinking, “Yeah, this guy is the next Paul Coffman.”

Then he went out and shat the bed in the regular season.

Training camp can often make mediocre players look good because they’re not always facing other players who are even going to make an NFL roster.

The point is, beware the second-year jump and beware putting too much stock into guys’ training camp performance.

If Rodgers improves — and it would be hard not to — then it’s just gravy for the Packers offense.

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Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

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7 Comments

  1. ferris August 4, 2015

    Jumping right over the the waiver wire. Nice.
    Isn’t Paul Coffman’s son a TE at some college? I see another non drafted FA. Can we get all former Packer sons on the team? I only know of Chuck Whitehurst.

  2. icebowl August 4, 2015

    Missed a Packer offspring opportunity by not grabbing Mike Hull before Miami in this year’s draft….

  3. PF4L August 5, 2015

    “Training camp can often make mediocre players look good because they’re not always facing other players who are even going to make an NFL roster.”

    There is hope for Monty yet.

  4. Chaka August 5, 2015

    They should sign Colt Lyerla if they want a legitimate starting TE. What they have on the roster is garbage

    1. MMTTDCSUCK August 5, 2015

      I agree, but Lyerla must be a real handful if no one is touching him. He has awesome natural talent and speed to burn. The problem is he is unstable from what I have read. Too bad for us and for him . . .

      1. Chaka August 5, 2015

        They have nothing to lose. He has stayed out of trouble. Who can change the past? Quarless and Guion have done much worse. If they give the kid a chance, it wouldn’t be a mistake. He is 1st round talent sitting at home.

  5. MMTTDCSUCK August 5, 2015

    I agree, I was just speculating as to why. I am not TT, he follows the beat of a vastly different drummer than most. All I can say is he must have been an ass in camp, or dumber than a box of rocks for them not to bring him back into the fold. Again, Too bad for us, very sad for him.