Jacquizz Rodgers
RB TB (6)
9 hours ago

Rodgers, who performed well in his return from a foot injury in the Week 13 victory over the Chargers, could seen an expanded role beginning this Sunday versus the Saints, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "It was good to get him back," (offensive coordinator Todd) Monken said. "I would assume he'll only be better this week in a little more of an expanded role."

EDGE Analysis

Rodgers was likely slated to primarily work in on third downs this past Sunday in San Diego, but ended up serving as the primary ball carrier in the fourth quarter after Doug Martin exited for good late in the third period with a minor injury. The 26-year-old chipped in with 4.14 yards per rush, gaining nine of his 29 yards on the afternoon after contact. Rodgers also contributed a key 21-yard catch in the fourth quarter on a drive that culminated in the decisive 12-yard touchdown from Jameis Winston to Cameron Brate. While Martin practiced without restriction Wednesday, there is still speculation based on Monken's comments that Rodgers could see a slight uptick in touches this coming Sunday against the Saints, although it's unclear how the likely activation of Charles Sims from injured reserve would affect that projection. However, given head coach Dirk Koetter's assertion that improving the running game for the stretch run will be "a point of emphasis for us this week", it appears likely that both Rodgers and Sims will see their fair share of work against New Orleans, with the exact division of labor behind Martin still to be determined.

Jacquizz Rodgers
RB TB (6)
3 days ago

Rodgers (foot) gained 29 yards on seven rushes and gained 21 yards in securing his only target in Sunday's 28-21 win over the Chargers.

EDGE Analysis

The backup running back got back on the field for the first time since Week 8 and looked to be at full health, running decisively in his limited opportunities. Rodgers served as an ideal change-of-pace option from Doug Martin, who found tough sledding on the ground with just 45 yards on 17 carries. Given that Rodgers apparently proved that he's back at 100 percent, it will be interesting to see if he receives an uptick in snaps and touches in Sunday's Week 14 tilt against the Saints.

Jacquizz Rodgers
RB TB (6)
4 days ago

Rodgers (foot) is active for Sunday's Week 13 tilt versus the Chargers.

EDGE Analysis

He'll thus be available to take some of the load off starter Doug Martin, in what will be his first action since Week 8. While Martin is still expected to get the majority of touches, Rodgers could conceivably see a bit more work than undrafted rookie Peyton Barber was given as the former's primary backup while Rodgers has been sidelined.

Jacquizz Rodgers
RB TB (6)
6 days ago

Rodgers (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

EDGE Analysis

Rodgers was a full participant throughout practice this week, leading coach Dirk Koetter to say Friday that it's a "fair deduction" that the tailback will make his first appearance since Week 8 this Sunday. Rodgers' status will of course need to be confirmed prior to Tampa Bay's 4:25 ET kickoff, but it appears the Buccaneers will have him available to serve as Doug Martin's primary backup this weekend.

Jacquizz Rodgers
RB TB (6)
6 days ago

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter says it's a "fair deduction" that Rodgers will play Sunday against the Chargers, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodgers is returning from a foot injury that has sidelined him since Week 8, and has been a full participant in practice this week. While that has increased the likelihood of him being available over the course of this week, Tampa Bay's release of fellow running back Mike James on Tuesday hinted toward his return all along. Koetter seemingly cemented that expectation Friday, so look for Rodgers to back up Doug Martin versus San Diego.

Jacquizz Rodgers
RB TB (6)
1 week ago

Rodgers (foot) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Buccaneers have had the services of Doug Martin for three consecutive games, and the backfield will now have a competent complement to him in the form of Rodgers, whose foot sprain forced four DNPs in a row. The first glimmer of hope for Rodgers' return occurred last Friday, but an uninhibited practice translated to a questionable designation and inactive status Sunday against the Seahawks. There's no such worry this time around, allowing Rodgers to give Martin a breather when he needs one in Week 13.

Jacquizz Rodgers
RB TB (6)
1 week ago

Rodgers (foot) appears to have a strong chance of returning on Sunday versus the Chargers based on the Bucs' release of Mike James on Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Auman is basically reading the tea leaves with his tweet, but the conclusion certainly seems reasonable. Rodgers had put in an unrestricted practice session last Friday, so his arrow has been trending upward with respect to a return. Assuming he suffers no setbacks during forthcoming Week 13 preparations, Rodgers looks destined to suit up as Doug Martin's primary backup against San Diego come Sunday.

Jacquizz Rodgers
RB TB (6)
2 weeks ago

Rodgers (foot) is inactive for Sunday's Week 12 tilt against the Seahawks, the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodgers was thought to have an opportunity to make his return as Doug Martin's primary backup Sunday, but the Bucs will exercise caution with his injured foot and hold him out at least another week. Peyton Barber figures to be the primary beneficiary of Rodgers' continued absence, with Mike James waiting in the wings as the seldom-used third backfield option.

Jacquizz Rodgers
RB TB (6)
2 weeks ago

Rodgers (foot), who practiced in full Friday, is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The clearest indication yet that a return is imminent, Rodgers logged his first uncapped practice since suffering a sprained foot in Week 8. Even if he suits up Sunday, he may only have a change-of-pace role behind Doug Martin for a game or two due to the impending return of Charles Sims (knee). In any case, Rodgers' status will be monitored closely in advance of Sunday's 4:05 PM ET kickoff.

Jacquizz Rodgers
RB TB (6)
2 weeks ago

Rodgers (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

On Monday, head coach Dirk Koetter noted Rodgers may be a participant in practice this week because he viewed the running back working outside with the training staff. Recovering from a sprained foot, Rodgers may take it slow in order to avoid a setback. As a result, he could enter the weekend as something akin to a game-time decision. If active Sunday against the Seahawks, he would act as Doug Martin's backup, capping his potential.