With Doug Martin sidelined by a hamstring strain and Charles Sims on injured reserve, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew they would have to lean on Jacquizz Rodgers on Monday night if they hoped to establish a rushing attack. And lean on Rodgers they did.
Running back Jacquizz Rodgers had a career day against the 49ers in Week 7, rushing for 154 yards. Rodgers hadn’t rushed for 100 yards or more in a game since debuting as a rookie in 2011, but has rattled off back-to-back 100-yard games in his last two with the Buccaneers.
Rodgers’ performance was strong, Pro Football Focus graded him as one of the ten-best players in the entire league, regardless of position. Rodgers came in at No. 9 on the list.
Jacquizz Rodgers is stepping up in the absence of Doug Martin and Charles Sims. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers actually hope he follows in the footsteps of Fozzy Whittaker, Christine Michael, Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson and LeSean McCoy.
That first pair of backs represented the Buccaneers’ outstanding 1-2 punch returning from 2015, as Martin and Sims were the only pair of running back teammates to each surpass 1,000 yards from scrimmage last year. However, Sims is now on injured reserve with a knee ailment and Martin is out indefinitely after aggravating a hamstring injury that has kept him out of action since Week Two.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey have gone from light on tailbacks to fully stocked in less than a week. On Tuesday, the team announced the signing of sixth-year veteran back Jacquizz Rodgers, who played his first four seasons for division-rival Atlanta. Rodgers fills the roster spot created on Monday when defensive end Jacquies Smith was placed on injured reserve.
Jacquizz Rodgers signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with little fanfare early last September, then proved to be an invaluable addition to a depleted backfield. Now Rodgers has signed with the Buccaneers again, and this time it’s bigger news.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has signed kicker Roberto Aguayo, the second of the team’s two second-round selections in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Through the first 19 quarters and 12 minutes of his NFL career, Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo had misfired on four of seven field goals and one of nine extra point tries. Fortunately, at that point, there were still three minutes left in the NFL’s Week Five schedule.
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The Buccaneers beat the Carolina Panthers, 17-14, on Monday Night Football on October 10 when Aguayo drilled a 38-yard field goal down the middle as time expired. That result sent the Bucs into their bye week happy and may have been the turning point for the rookie kicker.
The Buccaneers went on the road to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11, with extra help from outstanding play in the kicking game from rookie Roberto Aguayo. Aguayo was perfect on all four of his field goal attempts and added an extra point, accounting for 13 of the Buccaneers 19 points in the victory.
After kicking the game-winning field goal in the Buccaneers’ Week 5 victory over the Panthers, Roberto Aguayo has been nominated for the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week award. Aguayo booted a 38-yarder as time expired to send the Buccaneers home with a victory over the defending conference champions.