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The Falcons added RB Devonta Freeman to their backfield in the 4th round of the draft.  Freeman broke out for 1,016 yards on a 5.9 per-carry average last year, becoming Florida State's first 1,000-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn.  Freeman checks in at just 5'8, 206 pounds but plays a "very physical" game, according to NFL Network's Mike Mayock.  Freeman also draws high marks for his receiving and pass protection skills.  He joins a Falcons backfield that features the soon-to-be 31-year-old Steven Jackson.  Freeman will battle with Jacquizz Rodgers for change-of-pace duties this season but could be Atlanta's lead back by 2015.  Rodgers is a free agent next offseason.

Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday’s finale against the Panthers.  It should mean a few extra touches for RB Jason Snelling, but he’s not a fantasy option.  Steven Jackson will dominate the work in Atlanta’s backfield.

Falcons HC Mike Smith reiterated that RB Jacquizz Rodgers is capable of being a 3-down back.  “We found out very quickly that even though he is short, he is not little," Smith said. "He can handle all three downs and he does a very good job for us returning kicks."  This isn't the first time the boss has endorsed 'Quizz as a 3-down back.  But actions speak louder than words.  And most Falcons insiders believe the team will add a bigger back this offseason to share the workload with Rodgers.  The latest rumor has Atlanta interested in free agent Shonn Greene.  We'll see what the next few months bring to the backfield.

ESPN's Pat Yasinskas says Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers is "auditioning to be the feature back next season."  Michael Turner is on his last legs and due a prohibitive $5.5 million in 2013.  Rodgers believes he's capable of being the man in Atlanta's backfield.  “Go back and look, most of my carries this year were between the tackles," he said. “I think I’m a guy that can be physical while also using some finesse. I know I can run between the tackles."  Rodgers averaged about 6 carries and 3 catches per game this season.  We think he's capable of 15+ touches -- despite going just 5'6 and 196 pounds.  Quizz carried at least 256 times in each of his 3 years at Oregon State.  He has breakout potential if he enters 2013 atop Atlanta's depth chart.

ESPN's Pat Yasinskas believes the Falcons have "big plans" for RB Jacquizz Rodgers this season.  "The Falcons aren’t looking for Rodgers to be what Jerious Norwood once was," Yasinskas writes. "They want him to be more like what Warrick Dunn once was."  Dunn averaged 236 carries and 34 catches per season in 6 years with Atlanta.  Rodgers won't hit those numbers in 2012, but it's been clear for a while that he's in line for a significant workload.  "I think the guy has the skill set to play on all three downs," HC Mike Smith said recently.  "One of the things that stood out to me more than anything is his ability to pass protect. A lot of times, your change-of-pace back, you’ve got to get him the ball and not ask him to be a part of the protection. I don’t think that’s the case with Jacquizz. I think Jacquizz is an all-around back that can play on all three downs."  We're guessing Rodgers is looking at 10-14 touches per game.  That could make him a weekly RB3 or flex option, especially in PPR formats.  The offshoot is that RB Michael Turner's workload is set to decline.  But we've known that for awhile now.

There has been a fair amount of talk this offseason about Jacquizz Rodgers earning more touches in his 2nd season. That's expected to include more carries and perhaps a lot more passes. Pro Football Weekly's Dan Parr wrote the following this week: "Any comparisons to Saints RB Darren Sproles would be premature, but Sproles’ role in New Orleans is similar to the one the Falcons envision for Rodgers." OK, so he won't catch 86 balls. However, Jason Snelling caught 26, 44 and 30 for Atlanta over the past 3 seasons. The low mark came last year with Rodgers hauling in 21 of his own. The 2nd-year back could reach 40 receptions this year, especially if he cuts into some of Harry Douglas' slot work or Tony Gonzalez's inside targets. It's not enough to push Rodgers into fantasy-starter conversation. But it's another reason to look his way in the later rounds as an upside bench player even if you don't have Michael Turner.

Falcons HC Mike Smith says the running game will remain a "priority" this season, but that it'll be "on more of a committee basis." It's certainly not the first time we've heard that sentiment this offseason. Atlanta is clearly ready to limit RB Michael Turner's workload, giving more touches to RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling. On the plus side for Turner, he'll still be the designated red zone back on a high-scoring offense. He's still capable of double-digit TDs and RB2 fantasy numbers, but don't expect another 300-carry campaign.

Falcons HC Mike Smith has talked this offseason about limiting RB Michael Turner's workload in 2012.  It sounds like RB Jacquizz Rodgers is set to pick up some of those extra carries.  “We drafted him to be a change-of-pace back and we found out very quickly that he’s a guy that is more than a change-of-pace back," Smith said of Rodgers.  "Even though he’s short, he’s not little. He’s a guy we feel like we can integrate more into our offense."  Rodgers finished with 57 carries for 205 yards and another 188 yards on 21 catches this past season.  He could easily double those numbers in 2012.  He'll be a guy worth targeting late, especially in PPR formats.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Jeff Schultz expects the Falcons to increase RB Jacquizz Rodgers' role in 2012, specifically in the screen game.  Rodgers finished his rookie season with just 205 yards on 57 carries -- a 3.6 yards-per-rush average.  But he hauled in 21 receptions for 188 yards -- good for a 11.8-yard average.  RB Michael Turner -- despite being on the decline -- is a strong bet to lead Atlanta in carries once again next season.  But the more explosive Rodgers could flirt with 40 catches and be an asset in PPR leagues.

Falcons rookie RB Jacquizz Rodgers is listed 4th on the team's current depth chart behind Michael Turner, Jason Snelling, and Antone Smith.  Snelling is the clear backup here, but Rodgers should see the field before Smith.  Still, he won't be an early-season fantasy factor.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan is confident in rookie RB Jacquizz Rodgers' ability to play on passing downs this year.  "His knowledge of protections is really good," Ryan said. "He's gonna be the third-down back for us."  The bit about pass protection is key -- that's one facet of the game that tends to keep rookies RBs off the field.  Rodgers seems primed to step right in as Atlanta's change-of-pace back behind Michael Turner.  He could flirt with 40 catches.

The Falcons are hoping 5th-round rookie RB Jacquizz Rodgers adds a big-play element to the offense. "We felt like what we lacked last year was that explosive, stop-start, playmaking-type back who could not only run the ball, but catch the ball," GM Thomas Dimitroff said. "We feel that we've added to that element of our offense by acquiring Rodgers."  Atlanta has a pounder in Michael Turner, and Rodgers should provide a nice change-of-pace.  We wouldn't expect more than 150 touches this year though.

The Falcons selected Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers in the 5th-round. Rodgers is extremely undersized at 5’7 195, and saw his stock drop after a disappointing showing in Feburary’s Combine. But he found the ultimate home in Atlanta. He figures to see touches right away behind power RB Michael Turner. Rodgers is a home-run hitter that might be worth a late round flier in 2011 fantasy drafts.

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