Packers 2017 Recap: TE Richard Rodgers
The third man on the depth chart in a revamped tight end group, Richard Rodgers figured to be a much smaller part of the tight end picture in 2017.
Even with Martellus Bennett out of the picture by midseason, Rodgers’ never really found a consistent role on the field.
- Appeared in 15 games with one start (305 snaps on offense, 108 on special teams)
- 12 catches, 160 yards, 1 touchdown
Expectations going into the season: Low
Expectations were: Met
What we said last season
Packers 2016 Recap: TE Richard Rodgers – Rodgers has not and will not develop into a top end tight end, but his 2016 season showed that he can still be an effective receiving option in the right situations.
Analysis: Richard Rodgers fulfills low expectations
At a certain point in his career, a player becomes what he’s going to be, bumping up against the ceiling of his skills and abilities.
For Richard Rodgers, it seems like that happened about three and a half years ago.
Since then, we’ve known exactly what to expect from Rodgers. A big, lumbering tight end with dependable hands and inconsistent blocking, Rodgers is good for a handful of decent grabs a year along with the occasional highlight.
None of those highlights popped up in 2017 and Rodgers is now a free agent after posting career lows in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Though it wouldn’t be surprising to see him back in Green Bay given his status as a known, dependable commodity, it would be equally unsurprising to see the Packers move on from their former third round pick.