Clemson football: Don’t forget about Amari Rodgers

Amari Rodgers Clemson Tigers (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
Amari Rodgers Clemson Tigers (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

With the departure of Tee Higgins and the injury to Justyn Ross, a lot of doubt has been voiced about the Clemson football receivers. Don’t sleep on them.

Don’t get it twisted, Clemson football is Wide Receiver U. The Tigers have 11 current receivers on nine different NFL rosters with more coming in the very near future. While many get hung up on the size of guys like Higgins, Ross, Joseph Ngata, and Frank Ladson Jr., people have to stop sleeping on Amari Rodgers.

Amari is the glue that holds together the big names in the receivers group. He is the player that comes up with big moments when defenses are keyed in on bigger names. He is the same guy that busted his tail to come back from a torn ACL in less than six months.

His work ethic and leadership are second to none and yet people still fail to recognize him for his talent. No, he is not going to be a big NFL draft prospect and he won’t jump out on tape to the average football fan, but what he brings to the table is irreplaceable.

Amari Rodgers and Tyler Grisham will help each other grow and lead Clemson football

With him in the lineup, Clemson football has an opportunity to wreak havoc on opposing defenses. With his leadership, newly promoted receivers coach Tyler Grisham will have an easier transition.

That relationship with Grisham will also help Rodgers in 2020. While Grisham’s NFL career lasted just four games and one catch for 14 yards, he can still provide firsthand insight that Jeff Scott could not. He can relate to Amari what it means to be an undersized NFL receiver and how to handle to hills he is going to have to climb.

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Despite the losses of Higgins and Ross, Pro Football Focus still says that Clemson football has one of the best receiver groups in the country and while Ngata or Ladson has something to do with it, most of that recognition comes down to Amari Rodgers coming back and the leadership he provides both on and off the field.