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Tight End Depth Increases With Veteran Richard Rodgers


Prior to Wednesday, Zach Ertz was the only experienced tight end on the Eagles' roster.

That all changed after the team agreed to terms with veteran Richard Rodgers on a one-year deal.

A third-round pick in 2014 out of Cal, the 6-4, 257-pound Rodgers has 120 catches for 1,166 yards and 13 touchdowns in 63 regular-season games (24 starts). He also has another 13 grabs for 138 yards and two scores in seven playoff games. One of those touchdowns knocked the Dallas Cowboys out of the postseason in 2014. He also has a Hail Mary touchdown to beat the Lions in 2015 on his résumé.

Rodgers split reps as the No. 2 tight end for the Packers last season after the team signed Lance Kendricks and Martellus Bennett. He played 305 snaps on offense (29 percent) and another 108 on special teams (26 percent).

In 2015, Rodgers was an emerging talent at the position with career highs in receptions (58), yards (510), and touchdowns (8). He was one of only four tight ends in the NFL that year with 55+ receptions, 500+ receiving yards, and at least eight touchdown grabs.

Despite the reduced role in 2017, he was a role model inside the locker room as the team dealt with plenty of adversity following the injury to quarterback Aaron Rodgers that derailed Green Bay's playoff hopes.

"He's been put through a lot," wide receiver Davante Adams told "I think now he's stepping into more of a leadership role. You can see it. You can see him trying to help other positions, helping me out. We talk about football a lot outside the building as well. I know it means a lot to him, and he's definitely another guy who cares about the details a lot."

With the draft just over three weeks away, the Eagles take care of one of their most notable gaps on the roster - depth at tight end - with the addition of Rodgers.

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