Age: 27 (2/6/1990)
Experience: Six Seasons
2016 Season Statistics: 10 GP, 129 ATT, 560 YDS, 2 TD, 29 FD; 13 REC, 98 YDS
If the New York Giants were to sign Jacquizz Rodgers, the decision would effectively thrust Paul Perkins into the role of a workhorse running back. Rodgers has his appeal, but running between the tackles isn’t exactly his bread and butter.
If New York is confident in Perkins’ ability to gain positive yardage on first and second down, however, then Rodgers could be the ultimate third down back.
Rodgers runs well, albeit without the gaudy statistics that many look for. His primary strength is on third down, however, as he’s an excellent receiver out of the backfield and an underrated blocker in pass protection.
Rodgers recorded 161 receptions between 2012 and 2014, and can still be a reliable threat in that regard if he manages to remain healthy.
A dynamic receiver could be of invaluable aid to the Giants in the sense that New York prefers to throw and complete short passes that lead to big gains.
Health has become an issue for Rodgers. He’s played in just 15 out of a possible 32 games over the course of the past two seasons. He averaged 65.8 total yards from scrimmage per game in 2016, however, and seems to have quite a bit left in the tank at 27 years of age.
This would be a risky move that would require complete and unfiltered faith in Perkins being able to carry the rushing workload, but it could be a rewarding maneuver.
The running backs on the free agent market may not all be household names, but there could be a number of intriguing low-cost options.