Rookie Rodgers trying to win trust of MVP Rodgers

Ryan Wood
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A quarterback and tight end. A 10-year veteran and rookie. Two guys named Rodgers who played college football at California.

Tennessee Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (25) tries to bring down Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers (89) in the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

On paper, it should be a special moment when Richard Rodgers – a third-round draft pick – catches his first pass from Aaron Rodgers. Until then, the youngster said he's focused on developing chemistry with his MVP teammate who shares his name and alma mater.

"Basically, just catching anything that the quarterbacks throw is how you gain their trust," Richard Rodgers said. "If they can trust you to catch the ball every time they throw it, they're going to want to throw the ball to you more often. So that's what I try to do, is just catch everything."

Rodgers showed he's an overall fit for the tight end position last weekend in Tennessee. It was his downfield block on a safety that helped spring James Starks' 20-yard touchdown run against the Titans. He also caught one pass for 10 yards.

On Thursday, the rookie stayed humble.

"Yeah, I probably could have finished that a little bit better," Rodgers said of the block. "But it was a good play. I don't know, there was no one really in the hole. The linebacker went backside. So I just went up to the safety and got a piece of him, and Starks was able to get into the end zone. It was a great run by Starks, and the O-line did their job. It wasn't just me."

Even though he started Saturday, Rodgers said he wasn't sure where he fell on the depth chart. That's what the preseason is for, divvying up roster spots and starting jobs.

If he keeps making plays, he'll surely see the field at some point this fall.

"I'm just trying to do my job and block people," Rodgers said.

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