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.
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