He was signed as a street free agent a month ago. With a 6’2” 239-pound frame and blessed with 4.56 speed, Buffalo’s coaching staff is going to give Evan Rodriguez his best opportunity in the NFL in about a year today against the Bucs.
Rodriguez was released by Chicago this past summer after they made him a fourth-round pick just a year ago. He was mostly a pass catcher with a similar stature and athleticism to that of former Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez.
Head coach Doug Marrone and his staff covet versatile players and at least physically it appears that Rodriguez could offer that.
However, with Frank Summers inactive and Rodriguez the only available fullback up today, he realizes he may be asked to do more blocking than anything else.
“In college I was used to running the ball, but my strength is being versatile and coaches like to put me in space and moving me around,” Rodriguez told Buffalobills.com. “Running the ball is part of football so it doesn’t bother me. I don’t mind leading them in the hole to the promised land. As long as it leads to positive yards I’m good with it.”
Rodriguez is still getting settled in Buffalo’s offense now that he’s been on the roster a month. He actually began studying the special teams playbook first figuring if he was needed quickly it would likely be in that phase of the game first.
“It hasn’t been too bad,” he said. “It’s been a while. I’ve been out of the game for about two months, but I’ve been hitting the books every day. Slowly I’m picking up the offense.”
Rodriguez says he’s just about in game shape and has been putting in extra work in the weight room.
Now with this his first NFL opportunity in a while, the H-back is determined to make it count.
“I’m always ready to go. Life is about opportunity and the way I grew up you’ve always got to be prepared to be a starter even if you’re not one,” said Rodriguez. “That’s the mentality I’ve always taken. When my opportunity comes I will take advantage of it.”
Tags: Doug Marrone, Evan Rodriguez, Frank Summers
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