Richard Rodgers never really had a chance to show what he could do in 2018 with the Eagles. He played well in the spring as he learned the offense. He played really well in the preseason until suffering a knee injury that eventually landed him on Injured Reserve through the first half of the season. After that, Rodgers played only 42 snaps in the offense in the final six weeks of the regular season and only three snaps in the two playoff games as the team’s third tight end.
Rodgers hopes 2019 is a different story.
He signed a two-year deal Thursday as the Eagles bolstered their depth chart at tight and retain a solid member of the special teams group.
A veteran who played four seasons in Green Bay prior to signing with the Eagles a year ago, Rodgers gives the tight end room a finishing touch. Zach Ertz is the main target, a Pro Bowl player who last season established an NFL single-season record for tight ends with 116 receptions. Dallas Goedert looks to build on his outstanding rookie season as the Eagles figure out ways to successfully implement the two-tight end personnel groupings.
Rodgers offers good in-line blocking, reliability as a pass catcher, and solid play on special teams.
There is, of course, no guarantee for Rodgers. He’s got competition on the roster from Joshua Perkins, who saw action last season and had five receptions for 67 yards as a “move” tight end in nine games, and Will Tye, who had 90 receptions and four touchdowns in two seasons with the Giants and who also played in 2017 with New England, notching four receptions for 38 yards in three games.