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Falcons vs. Panthers: Jacquizz Rodgers seeing increased workload on offense

Jacquizz Rodgers has helped reduce Michael Turner's carries this season.

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers is experiencing an increased workload as the season progresses, and he continues to take a greater share of the carries from starter Michael Turner, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Ledbetter reports that Rodgers has played more than 50 percent of the snaps on offense in the last two games against New Orleans and Tampa Bay, while Turner played 34 and 38 percent of the snaps in those two games.

Rodgers, a second-year player out of Oregon State, has 68 carries for 274 yards and one touchdown this season and told Ledbetter that he is "playing with more confidence" as he knows what's he's doing and hits the field "running fast."

Rodgers also has 37 receptions for 284 yards and one touchdown through the air this season.

Michael Turner leads the Falcons' rushing attack with 180 carries for 675 yards and seven touchdowns. Atlanta is averaging 91.3 yards per game on the ground which ranks 28th in the league.

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