30. Richard Rodgers (Freddie’s pick)
Richard Rodgers has only been catching passes from fellow California Golden Bear Aaron Rodgers for two seasons, but he is deservedly a member on this list. If for no other reason, it’s for hauling in one of the most incredible touchdown receptions in franchise history. I am of course referring to the stunning walk-off Hail Mary completion to defeat the Detroit Lions despite being 20-0 down early in the third quarter.
Rodgers isn’t the quickest, he isn’t the strongest and he doesn’t run particularly crisp routes, but what he’s done is carve out his role on offense with his best work coming in the red zone. It’s tough to score when the field becomes so congested deep in opponent’s territory, but Rodgers used his size and safe hands to catch eight touchdown passes in 2015.
Rodgers is still a young, ascending talent who will continue to get better. His third season is a key one for him as he looks to increase his role as a pass-catcher and blocker. He will have a dance partner at tight end this year in Jared Cook, after spending much of 2015 as the sole tight end with Andrew Quarless injured and Justin Perillo’s snap count relatively low.
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