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While the Big Sky Conference football season remains in limbo on the cusp of August, more than a dozen ex-Eastern Washington and Idaho standouts enter preseason NFL training camps around the country.
In Brett Rypien’s record-setting tear through the Greater Spokane League, the former Shadle Park quarterback didn’t throw a single pass to one of the school’s all-time greats, former tight end Jake Rodgers.
Five players from the Greater Spokane League and Inland Empire League are in NFL training camps working toward the goal of sustaining an NFL career. They are: Central Valley’s Austin Rehkow and Will Davis, Shadle Park’s Jake Rodgers, Coeur d’ Alene’s Josh James and University’s Joe Dahl.
Jake Rodgers figures he did everything he could to earn a chance to play on Sundays. He still might, but the former Shadle Park, Washington State and Eastern Washington star is biding his time after being waived last weekend by the Atlanta Falcons.
As Jake Rodgers figures it, he’ll be playing football on Sundays because he paid attention the rest of the week. Five years ago, Rodgers was playing tight end at Shadle Park High School. Five days ago, he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons as an offensive lineman.
As Jake Rodgers figures it, he’ll be playing football on Sundays because he paid attention the rest of the week.
Jake Rodgers will get his chance to play on Sundays. The Eastern Washington offensive lineman was picked by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round of the NFL draft on Saturday.
Eastern Washington offensive lineman Jake Rodgers was picked by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round of the NFL draft on Saturday. Also, the Cleveland Browns selected WSU wide receiver Vince Mayle. Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday, an undrafted free agent, signed with the Washington Redskins. Rodgers (Shadle Park) and Halliday (Ferris) are both from Spokane.
Jake Rodgers, the former Eastern Washington offensive lineman from Spokane, said he’s getting positive feedback from scouts, enough to give him hope of being a late-round selection in the upcoming National Football League draft.
Jake Rodgers is moving forward, but not without a bittersweet look back. The former Eastern Washington offensive lineman is in southern California this week. On Saturday he’ll play in the NFLPA Collegtiate game in Carson, California.
Jake Rodgers is chasing a lifelong dream to play professional football, a dream that was nurtured by the father he lost last month.
John Rodgers, the father of Eastern Washington University offensive tackle Jake Rodgers, died today after he collapsed in the Roos Field stands in the final minutes of Eastern’s game against Illinois State on Dec. 13.
The fan had crumpled at the bottom of the steps that bisect sections D and E of the main grandstand at Roos Field, and almost instantly everything stopped. The game. The scoreboard clock. The noise for a comeback by the home team that still seemed halfway possible, and the slow leave-taking of those who had reluctantly given up on that possibility.
Sometimes it really is all about gettin’ the ‘W.’ Winning can make the barbells lighter, the injuries more bearable and the trips a lot shorter – especially the bus ride that carried the Eastern Washington football team back from Corvallis, Oregon, last year.
Moments before another sweltering round of two-a-days at Eastern Washington, assistant coach Aaron Best paused to consider some weighty matters. Such as his offensive line, which is retooling and reshuffling, but definitely not rebuilding – even with the graduation of three star performers in the middle.
The feeling started last season, Jake Rodgers said, and only got worse as the offseason progressed. The former Washington State offensive lineman just wasn’t having fun anymore.