Amari Rodgers
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Rodgers with Clemson in 2019
No. 8 – Green Bay Packers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1999-09-23) September 23, 1999 (age 22)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Knoxville Catholic High School
(Knoxville, Tennessee)
College:Clemson (2017–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 3 / Pick: 85
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Receptions:4
Receiving yards:45
Rushing yards:11
Return yards:365
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Amari Jai Rodgers (born September 23, 1999) is an American football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson and was drafted by the Packers in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early years

Rodgers attended Knoxville Catholic High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a senior, he caught 40 passes for 1,238 yards with 18 touchdowns. For his career, he had 3,498 receiving yards with 47 total touchdowns.[1] He was rated as a four star recruit and the 16th highest rated wide receiver recruit in the country by the 247Sports.com Composite, which aggregates the ratings of the major recruiting services.[2] Rodgers originally committed to University of Southern California, but flipped to Clemson when they gave him an offer late in the season.[3]

College career

As a freshman at Clemson in 2017, Rodgers had 19 receptions for 123 yards.[4] As a sophomore in 2018, he caught 55 passes for 575 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also returned a punt for a touchdown.[5]

Rodgers missed the first game of his junior season in 2019 due to an ACL tear in spring practice.[6] He finished the season with 30 receptions, 426 yards, and 4 touchdowns.[7] After the season, Rodgers announced he was returning for his senior season rather than entering the 2020 NFL Draft.[8] As a senior, Rodgers caught 77 passes for 1020 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 9+12 in
(1.77 m)
212 lb
(96 kg)
30+38 in
(0.77 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.52 s 1.65 s 2.62 s 4.31 s 7.07 s 33.0 in
(0.84 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
19 reps
All values from Pro Day[9][10]

Rodgers was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round with the 85th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.[11] The Packers send their 92nd and 135th overall picks to the Tennessee Titans to move up and select Rodgers. He signed his four-year rookie contract on July 23, 2021,[12] worth $4.89 million, including a $923,000 signing bonus.[13] He saw his first NFL action on September 12, 2021, against the New Orleans Saints, recording one catch for 19 yards in the 38–3 loss.

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2021 GB 16 1 4 45 11.2 19 0 2 0
Total 16 1 4 45 11.2 19 0 2 0
Source: NFL.com

Postseason

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2021 GB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: pro-football-reference.com

Personal life

Rodgers is the son of football coach Tee Martin.[14] He is close friends with Packers teammate Randall Cobb, whom he met while Cobb was playing for Martin at the University of Kentucky.[15]

References

  1. ^ Oliver, Gavin (July 4, 2017). "Fresh look at the freshmen: Amari Rodgers". The Clemson Insider. Archived from the original on July 6, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  2. ^ "Amari Rodgers, Knoxville Catholic, Wide Receiver". 247Sports.com. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  3. ^ Keepfer, Scott (July 22, 2019). "Meet the Tigers: 3 things you probably don't know about Clemson football's Amari Rodgers". USA Today. Retrieved April 16, 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "2018 Clemson Football Season Preview: Wide Receivers". SB Nation. August 23, 2018. Archived from the original on August 6, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  5. ^ "Player Stats: Amari Rodgers". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on October 24, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  6. ^ Needelman, Joshua (September 10, 2019). "Clemson's Amari Rodgers to Dabo Swinney: 'I promise you, I'm ready". The Post and Courier. Archived from the original on May 1, 2021. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  7. ^ "WATCH: Amari Rodgers motivated to show out as senior". Tigernet.com. April 16, 2020. Archived from the original on May 1, 2021. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  8. ^ Senkiw, Brad (March 25, 2020). "Clemson's Amari Rodgers Reflects On Being Year Removed From Knee Injury". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  9. ^ "Amari Rodgers Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". National Football League. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  10. ^ "Amari Rodgers, Clemson, WR, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  11. ^ "2021 NFL Draft: Packers select Clemson WR Amari Rodgers in the third round, No. 85 overall". packers.com. April 30, 2021. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  12. ^ "Packers sign WR Amari Rodgers". packers.com. July 23, 2021. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  13. ^ "Amari Rodgers".
  14. ^ Thomas, Chris (January 30, 2017). "How Clemson football landed Tee Higgins, Amari Rodgers". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  15. ^ Huber, Bill (July 31, 2021). "Trade Reunites Longtime Friends Cobb, Amari Rodgers". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 13, 2021.