We were interested in hearing what Green Bay Packers new tight ends coach Brian Angelichio had to say about the players he is inheriting, specifically Richard Rodgers.
Although Angelichio has a great track record of developing talent at tight end, it has been opined that former Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot ultimately lost his job because he wasn’t given any talent to work with.
To point, Rodgers averaged a mere 8.8 yards per catch in 2015. That’s only a good number if you’re a running back.
Angelichio was asked about Rodgers on Thursday and you could tell he clearly wasn’t blown away by his talent.
“Rich has some skills sets that you like and I’m continuing to evaluate and go through that as we do the cut-ups, but obviously he was a productive player last year. He caught 58 or 55 footballs last year, shows good hands and he’s a guy… he’s only played two seasons. He was thrown right into the fire. To his credit, he’s done a good job,” Angelichio said.
And that’s pretty much the scouting report on Rodgers to a T.
Great hands, but slow and not much of a blocker. Part of that has to be deduced from what Angelichio doesn’t say about Rodgers, but it’s obvious.
In other words, “Boy, I sure would love it if the Packers gave me some other options to work with.”
So would we, Brian. So would we.