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Q&A with New Packers Tight End Richard Rodgers

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Q&A with New Packers Tight End Richard Rodgers

Cheesehead TV was at the NFL Combine, where new Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers met with the media.

Richard is the son of Richard Sr., who also played at California and is currently a special teams coach of the Carolina Panthers.

Here's what the Cal product had to say:

Question: How many times have you seen “The Play” (which his father took part in)?

Rodgers: “Probably over 50 times.”

Question: How many times has your Dad given you the play by play?

Rodgers: “None, actually. He’s never watched it with me. I’ve never seen it with my Dad. It’s interesting. Never seen it with him.”

Question: Under Coach Tedford, did you play at 275 lbs.? 

Rodgers: “Yes, I was up at 275 when I played with Coach Tedford.”

Question: What do you weigh today?

Rodgers: “257. … It’s a lot of weight but I can carry it well. That’s why I was able to play at that weight in the offense. I felt like I was just as capable playing at 275 as I was at 260. Whatever weight a team wants me to be at, that’s where I’ll be at.”

Question: Do teams want you that big?

Rodgers: “I have no idea. Whatever they tell me. Whatever team I go to, I don’t know.”

Question: You played wide receiver and tight end. Do you have a preference?

Rodgers: “I don’t have a preference. Whatever I can do to help is what I’m going to do. I don’t really have a choice. Whatever I can do to help, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Question: Does your father tell you you’ll need to play special teams?

Rodgers: “Yeah, he’s let me know a couple times that most likely playing as a tight end the first year, you’ll play special teams. So, yeah, he’s let me know.”

Question: What kind of special teams player can you be?

Rodgers: “I don’t know. It depends. I’ve done pretty much every special teams in college. It just depends what I’m going to do. I don’t know.”

Question: Why are athletic tight ends so hard to find?

Rodgers: “I’m not sure. I think a lot of people play basketball. But I’m not really sure. …I don’t know why it’s so hard to find people like that. I guess we’re rare. I don’t know.”

Question: How did your transition to the slot go last year?

Rodgers: “It was an easy transition because I played receiver in high school and I think the hardest thing was losing all the weight. It wasn’t that hard but it was the toughest thing because I had to lose 30 pounds. So I did that and I was able to play inside receiver the whole season with no problem.”

Question: Was that your call or coaches call?

Rodgers: “They came to me and told me that if I didn’t get my weight down, I wouldn’t play. So I had to do that, and that’s what I did.”

Question: What's your background in basketball?

Rodgers: “I played basketball in high school. Varsity all four years. So, yeah, I have a little bit of a basketball background. I like to play a lot.”

Question: How does that help a tight end?

Rodgers: “I think it just helps with athleticism and competing. Whenever you can compete, whenever you get the opportunity to compete, it’s good to do that.”

Question: Are you comfortable in a three-point stance and blocking a linebacker?

Rodgers: “I haven’t done a lot of it this past year but my first two years, I was always in a three-point stance or the majority of the time in a three-point stance. I’m definitely comfortable with it.”

Question: Does having a dad in football help with all of this?

Rodgers: “I don’t know how much you can prepare for a thing like this but having a dad that’s been in the business and knows his way around is definitely helpful. He can give me little bits of advice and things like that and things that go on in interviews because he’s been there. So it’s helpful to have him around and giving me advice.”

Question: What is one thing you have to improve on the most?

Rodgers: “Definitely my blocking and my blocking technique. That’s the biggest thing I need to work on because I just haven’t had that much experience with it.”

Photo: Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers by Brian Carriveau.

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MarkinMadison's picture

Not too surprising that his strength numbers weren't great after dropping 30 lbs. in an off-season. My only guess is that TT figured there was a pretty big drop between this guy and the next TE down the line. Again, hasn't missed on a WR or TE in the first three rounds since Terrance Murphy, so it's hard not to trust.

HankScorpio's picture

And Murphy was more of an injury issue than lack of talent. A lot of Packer observers thought Murphy was going to be a stud.

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