Bucs Quiz Jacquizz Rodgers

September 7th, 2016
Old friend visits Dirk Koetter

Old friend visits Dirk Koetter

It seems John Fox, the Bears’ head coach, shares a similar tolerance for preseason drops and fumbles as Dirk Koetter.

Fox recently lauded veteran running back Jacquizz Rodgers, a shifty, 5-foot-6 third down back. But then Rodgers couldn’t squeeze a couple of balls in the final preseason game and got axed.

Enter the Bucs and Koetter. Rodgers, 26, was a 2011 fifth-round pick of the Falcons and his career flourished there under Koetter, when Koetter was the Falcons’ playcaller.

The Bears pounced on Rodgers in free agency last year, and now he’s on the street. Yesterday, per ESPN, he worked out for the Buccaneers.

Last year, so the story goes, Koetter marched into Jason Licht’s offense and said the team absolutely had to consider signing center Joe Hawley, who was cut by the Falcons just before opening day. The rest is history. So it’s safe to assume Koetter eagerly blessed and/or encouraged the Rodgers invitation.

The Bucs have three running backs on the roster. Many teams carry four.

Joe’s not lobbying for Rodgers, but more running back depth is always a good thing. Bucs fans remember 2013, when Doug Martin was done with a shoulder injury midway through his sixth game.

19 Responses to “Bucs Quiz Jacquizz Rodgers”

  1. The bucfan 88 Says:

    Also Rodgers can be used in kick return

  2. Strider ....Sec 147 Says:

    Why not

  3. Bucamania Says:

    Quizz would be a really nice change of pace back and return man for this team.

  4. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I think we pass, I don’t want the ball out of Sims hands.

  5. Bucfan76 Says:

    No harm in giving it a try….I still don’t think we need 5 TEs

  6. LakeLandBuc Says:

    What about Antone Smith? he worked out for the Bucs also. He’s a better return man than Rodgers, and he’s a playmaker out of the backfield. He played for the Falcons, when Koetter wss OC, and he played well.

  7. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    And all this time I’ve been spelling Jacquizz with one “z” instead of two

    Don’t I feel like an idiot

  8. BucTrooper Says:

    I remember Quizz routinely carving up the Bucs D in Atlanta

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    James waived, does Quizz Rodgers become a Buc?

  10. NJBucsFan Says:

    If/when he is signed, what does this do to Sims? One to work in the slot?

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The bucfan 88 Says
    “Also Rodgers can be used in kick return.”

    No he cannot. He has 4.64 speed, which is even slower than Shorts, who has 4.59 speed.

    Rodgers has never gotten over 362 yards and that was 4-5 years ago.

    Would not be a good signing at all. Not when we have better RBs that were cut.

  12. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Charles Simms needs more touches,not less.Iam with Dewey.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Cobraboy Says
    James waived, does Quizz Rodgers become a Buc?”

    Can’t find news of this anywhere, except for this time last year, when he was waived in 2015. Where did you hear it?

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    NM, found it on Rotoworld

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    As usual, James was injured.

  16. Trubucfan22 Says:

    He is another weapon we could use if we needed to. Can never have enough weapons. Mike James would only see the field if an injury happened. That is not the type of player we need taking up roster spots. We need to utilize the talents of all 53. If they can’t get on field because the starter is that much better than them, then they shouldn’t have a job. We can use Rodgers in sub packages. There are things he can do that Simms and Martin can not. That is why it would be a good fit. James is just an average RB nothing special. Rodgers has some elite agility from what i remember. That could certainly come in handy in certain situations.

  17. Jack K Says:

    One fumble too many. Saw too many Bucs games where Rodgers was the goat. No.

  18. Duke Says:


    I just want to clarify the 40 time you referenced. I think you’re going by his average at the nfl combine. He’s posted 4.4 numbers at both the combine and his pro day. I don’t know how that may affect your opinion, if at all, but I think it’s something to at least consider.

    Last, it may help to consider the fact is he’s not fast (NFl elite standards) but he is very quick which a very positive attribute for a RB. A kick/punt returner who is quick can gain a lot of yardage but without top end speed probably wouldn’t be a home run threat.

  19. Duke Says:

    @Buccaneer Bonzai

    Just to add some perspective when judging 40times. Because an Avg Joe looks at these times as if there is a huge difference between 4.2 and 4.6 when in reality they’re both blazing fast.

    An avg person takes 4/10 of a second to blink an eye. Which means a 4.2 v 4.6 is separated by the blink of an eye. There’s no arguing 4.2 is as elite as it gets in terms of 40 times. Stats geeks see a gulf between 4.2 and 4.9, one elite the other slow and pedestrian, reality on the field is another thing all together. As one step ahead is all it takes to create a distance between a 4.8 v a 4.2 that’s all but impossible to catch.