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When will Jacquizz Rodgers' time come?

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Atlanta's 22-year-old running back is playing well, but his opportunities aren't reflecting it.


Over the last three weeks running back Jacquizz Rodgers has proven to be the more effective ball carrier. Rushing for 113 yards on just 22 carries, his 5.2 yards-per-carry dwarfs Michael Turner's -- who averaged just 3.4 over this same span. Posing the question: Why haven't the Falcons made the switch?

Behind the same offensive line, with the same conditions, and same opponents, it's the shiftier Rodgers who is having more success. In games where Jacquizz has been given ten touches or more, the Falcons are beating opponents by an average of 11.5 points, compared to just four points when he has five touches or less. Everything is showing that it's time to make a switch, and yet offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter seems steadfast in his desire to continue to run with Michael Turner.

The veteran running back hasn't been bad, but he hasn't really been good either. In six games he's averaged less than three yards per carry, and the NFL's better defensive fronts have stonewalled Turner where he'd typically bowl them over. There are enough flashes to understand why Dirk Koetter keeps trying, but the overwhelming result is that it's time to move on.

This week the Atlanta Falcons face the New York Giants, who struggle to stop the run. The temptation yet again will be to try Turner, but maybe... just maybe it will be time for Quizz to get more shorts -- and the sky is the limit.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.