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One Falcon To Watch: Jacquizz Rodgers

The new lead back in the committee should have a nice game against the New Orleans Saints.

Wesley Hitt

The Falcons have made the running back committee official. No one stands to benefit more than Jacquizz Rodgers.

In the first game of this bitter, egg-throwing rivalry, Rodgers got only three carries for 29 yards against a weak Saints run defense, chipping in four catches for 33 yards. Seven touches wasn't nearly enough in a game where Turner went 13 times for 15 yards, and you can bet the Falcons will lean on Jacquizz more heavily in this one.

That's the biggest reason he's the Falcon to watch in this one. With his ability to catch the ball, his crazy ankle-breaking agility and the fact that he's a threat to break a long run most of the time, Rodgers matches up well against a Saints defense that's ranked among the bottom five against the rush all year. Many argued that Turner's lack of production in short yardage was the main reason the Falcons lost the first game, and they shouldn't make that mistake again. Just throw the ball to Rodgers.

Who's your Falcon to watch?