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Jacquizz Rodgers Carries Falcons First-Half Offense


While rookie Dominique Davis continued his solid preseason play in the first half for the Falcons, the offensive star for Atlanta was running back Jacquizz Rodgers. The Falcons didn't suit up many of their skill position players for the Thursday's final preseason game against the Jaguars and Rodgers took advantage of being the lead back behind Davis.

Rodgers got the Falcons an early score on a single play after the Atlanta defense forced a fumble on the first play from scrimmage. Defensive tackle Vance Walker recovered the fumble at the Jacksonville five-yard line and Rodgers ran it in from five yards to give the Falcons the game's first score. Ten seconds into the game and Rodgers had his second rushing touchdown of the season.

Davis looked good completing 5-of-10 passes in the first half, but Rodgers was the real story. His relatively short night of work included five carries for 24 yards with the touchdown. His long was 11 yards and he paced the Falcons with 4.8 yards-per-carry.

Rodgers continued to field kick offs for Atlanta against the Jaguars. He was in at kick returner for the Jaguars' lone kickoff of the first half. He did not return the 65-yard kick. The second-year running back likely has finished his evening for the Falcons with his first-half effort. In total Rodgers has 85 yards this preseason on 22 carries.

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