- Had 58 receptions in 2015, becoming just the fourth TE in team history to record 55-plus receptions in a season (Paul Coffman, Jermichael Finley, Jackie Harris).
- Was one of only four TEs in the NFL last season to register 55-plus catches, 500-plus receiving yards and eight or more TD receptions (Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, Gary Barnidge).
- Registered 10 TD catches in 2014-15, tied for the most by a Green Bay TE in his first two seasons since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (Bubba Franks, 2000-01). His eight TD receptions in ’15 were tied for the fifth most in a season by a Packers TE.
- Was tied for the team lead with eight TD catches in ’15, which was also tied for the fifth most in a season by a Packers TE in team history. Became the first Green Bay TE to lead the team or be tied for the team lead in the category since Franks in 2001.
- Caught a game-winning 61-yard Hail Mary TD pass on the final play of the game at Detroit in Week 13 last season, the second-longest come-from-behind game-ending TD from scrimmage in the fourth quarter in NFL history behind only Lions QB Earl Morrall’s 65-yard TD pass to TE Jim Gibbons on Dec. 4, 1960.
- Appeared in all 16 contests with five starts as a rookie in 2014 and finished with 20 receptions for 225 yards (11.3 avg.) and two TDs.
- Became the first Green Bay rookie TE to start a season opener since Harris opened in a two-tight-end set in 1990.
- Was the first rookie TE to appear in all 16 games for the Packers since Franks in 2000.
- Ranked No. 4 in the league among rookie TEs in 2014 in receptions.
- His 43-yard grab at Chicago in Week 4 in ’14 was the longest reception by a rookie TE in team history.
- Drafted by the Packers with the second of two third-round selections (No. 98 overall), the first of two compensatory choices awarded to the team in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Appeared in 35 games with 11 starts during his three seasons at Cal and finished with 59 receptions for 896 yards (15.2 avg.) and two TDs…Played tight end for his first two seasons before moving to inside receiver as a junior in ’13…Made at least one catch in 19 consecutive games to end his career and posted four grabs of 50-plus yards during his career…Majored in American studies…Junior season (2013): Played in 11 games with five starts, transitioning to inside receiver after playing tight end for his first two seasons…Caught a career-high 39 passes for a career-best 608 yards (15.6 avg.) and a TD…Ranked third on the team in both receptions and receiving yards…Led the team with 11 catches of 20-plus yards…Recorded at least one 20-yard grab in nine of 11 games…Registered two 100-yard receiving games…Had at least one catch in every game he played in…Caught four passes for 100 yards (25.0 avg.), including a career-long 75-yard TD reception that put Cal up, 34-30, in the 37-30 win vs. Portland State (Sept. 7)…Registered a career-high-tying seven receptions for 71 yards (10.1 avg.) at Washington (Oct. 26)…Finished his collegiate career with a five-catch, 125-yard effort (25.0 avg.) at Stanford (Nov. 23)…Sophomore season (2012): Played in 11 games with six starts at tight end, totaling 20 receptions for 288 yards (14.4 avg.) and a TD…Ranked first on the team among regulars and second overall with his average of 14.4 yards per catch…Ranked third on the Golden Bears in receiving yards and fourth in receptions…Had at least one reception in each of the final eight games and in nine of 11 games he played in overall…Had three of the five longest catches by a Cal player on the season…Posted a career-high seven catches for a career-best 129 yards (18.4 avg.) vs. UCLA (Oct. 6), highlighted by receptions of 50 and 42 yards in the 43-17 win over the No. 25-ranked Bruins…Hauled in three passes for 76 yards (25.3 avg.) and a TD at Utah (Oct. 27), the first score of his career…Freshman season (2011): Appeared in all 13 games, one of only three true freshmen to do so for the Golden Bears on the season…Saw action primarily on special teams, posting Cal’s lone blocked kick of the season when he blocked a punt vs. Presbyterian (Sept. 17).
Given name Richard Christopher Rodgers II…Born in Martinez, Calif. …Single…His father, Richard Sr., is currently the assistant defensive backs/safeties coach for the Carolina Panthers…Richard Sr. was a two-time All-Pacific-10 selection as a defensive back at California, where he was prominently involved in “The Play” against Stanford in 1982, making the last of five laterals…His dad went on to play three seasons (1987-88, 1992) in the Arena Football League before embarking on a coaching career that included stops at several colleges as well as in NFL Europe with the Scottish Claymores…His uncle, Gill Byrd, was most recently the cornerbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and served as the Packers’ executive director/player programs and community affairs from 1999-2001…His cousin, Jairus Byrd, plays safety for the New Orleans Saints…His grandfather, Clyde Mashore, played professional baseball for five seasons (1969-73), and his uncle, Damon Mashore, played three seasons in the majors (1996-98)…High school: Attended St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., where he was named a PrepStar All-American after leading all Massachusetts Division C-1 players in receiving, sacks and scoring as a senior in 2010…Caught 65 passes for 1,064 yards (16.4 avg.) and 16 TDs for a 12-1 squad that won the state’s Division IA Conference with a 5-0 league mark…At defensive end, registered 35 tackles, eight sacks, an interception, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Added seven carries for 61 yards (8.7 avg.) and a TD, 2-of-3 passing for 89 yards, a 37.2-yard punting average, seven punt returns for 73 yards (10.4 avg.) and four kickoff returns for 91 yards (22.8 avg.)…Was named the Defensive MVP of the Division IA Conference as a junior in 2009 after posting 42 tackles, three sacks and four INTs, including one he returned 75 yards for a TD…Added 49 receptions for 800 yards (16.3 avg.) and 20 TDs on offense as a junior…Also lettered all four years in basketball…Residence: Santa Rosa, Calif.