ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 01: Jacquizz Rodgers #22 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes against the Baltimore Ravens at Georgia Dome on September 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Falcons have a lot of woes. I don't need to tell you that.
For all that, there's bright spots on this team. Roddy White and Julio Jones have flashed elite ability, the defense has generally been stout and Matt Bryant is so automatic he makes AK-47s jealous. The Falcons are going to get going at some point, assuming the offensive line goes from "horrible" to "mediocre or better."
One of those bright spots could be Jacquizz Rodgers. He's got 24 yards on seven carries, which isn't stellar, but he also has five catches for 52 yards. With Jason Snelling concussed, Rodgers may get more of an opportunity against the Seahawks. I have a feeling he'll size it.
Frankly, the Falcons would do well to get him more involved. As a shifty back with good hands, Rodgers could catch passes in the flats and out of the backfield in those all-too-frequent occasions when he has twelve microseconds to throw the ball. As a runner, he's the agile yin to Michael Turner's bulldozing yang, and the Falcons could use that given their blocking.
Let's face it: Rodgers is never going to get more than 5-8 carries per game as long as Turner is in town. But with his home run potential and ability to get open underneath, he's a great fit for a team with a line in shambles. I don't expect miracles, but I do think the Falcons would be stupid not to use him more often.
Do you think the Falcons will use Rodgers more often against the Seahawks?