Life can be tough for little NFL receivers. However, those who register under 1.90 metres have a dog to help them compensate for any vertical problems.
One of the most notable recent examples is that of Steve Smith, former Carolina Panthers great and Cam Newton teammate. Although Smith recorded 5’9″, his career record in 16 years is 1,031 catches for 14,731 yards and 80 barrels.
While it’s impossible to predict such a career in the NFL, Clemson’s Amari Rodgers is showing the first signs that he possesses the qualities that once gave Smith a career on the edge of the Hall of Fame.
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Rogers thrives atSenior Bowl
Although he’s only 6-foot-5, Rodgers had no trouble getting rid of his defensive back during Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Alabama. Here you can see Rodgers capture the ball with a hanging shot and score what should have been a touchdown.
#Clemson WR Amari Rodgers continues to win jump balls 1-on-1. #Bama QB Mac Jones throws the ball. pic.twitter.com/jZ2YLvtib8
– Steve Frederick (@_SteveFrederick) 27. January 2021
As Frederick mentioned in his tweet, Rodgers has been winning in practice all week in this situation. Phil Perry of NBC Sports gave a little more information on Rodgers after a promising week for NFL Scouts.
Amari Rodgers of Clemson is the name that will be remembered most as the 2020 season approaches. He’s one of the smallest receivers in the Senior Bowl (5-9), but he plays bigger, and at 211 pounds, he has the ability to struggle on contact before and after the catch.
There won’t be an NFL Combine, but teams will be able to get a closer look at the players during Pro Days. If Rodgers impresses under these circumstances, he could be eligible for a place in the second or third round of selection. This year’s wide receiver lineup is the best in the league in recent years, so the Patriots will have no reason to leave with one or more unhappy players from this group.
Patriots out of sight connect
Try finding unconventional links to the Patriots’ history.
Rogers is the son of a Tennessee Volunteers legend and is currently an assistant coach on T Martin’s team at Les Vols. Sure, Martin is one of the most legendary quarterbacks in the history of college football, and he spent two pretty boring years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders. But if you agree with your nonsense about Tom Brady, you know that Martin is a member of what became the Brady 6 (Chad Pennington, Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Martin, Mark Bulger and Spurgeon Wynn).
That’s a six-quarter lead over Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft.
Needless to say, Martin, like the other five, didn’t have the same impact as Brady in the NFL, but if the Patriots get away with his son, they hope to hit the jackpot with a spike in a later round.