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Rodger Saffold
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Saffold with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016
No. 76     
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-06-06) June 6, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Bedford, Ohio
Career information
College: Indiana
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams ( 2010 2018)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-Pro (2017)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played     114
Games started     111
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Rodger P. Saffold III (born June 6, 1988) is an American football guard for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round, 33rd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Indiana.

High school careerEdit

Saffold attended Bedford High School in Bedford, Ohio where he played offensive tackle and defensive end. He was a 2005 first team All-Lake Erie League, all-district and honorable mention all-state selection at the same high school that produced former Wisconsin and NFL wide receivers Chris Chambers and Lee Evans. He recorded 18 tackles as a senior.

Considered only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Saffold picked Indiana over Illinois, Kansas and Ohio.[1]

College careerEdit

He never left the starting lineup after sliding in at left tackle midway through his true freshman campaign at Indiana University. He started 41 games and appeared in 42 in his career. He was selected second team All-Big Ten by the conference coaches and named honorable mention by the league's media, and earned second team All-Big Ten recognition from Phil Steele's magazine.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4⅝ in 316 lb 5.21 s 1.80 s 3.00 s 4.67 s 7.42 s 29½ in 9 ft 5 in 27 rep x

St. Louis Rams / Los Angeles RamsEdit

Saffold was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 2010 NFL Draft. On July 28, 2010, he signed a 4-year contract worth $6.3 million, that included $3.9 million guaranteed.[3] Saffold earned the starting left tackle position for the Rams in his rookie season and started in every game that season for the Rams. Saffold garnered rave reviews for his play and was named to multiple All Rookie teams, including Pro Football Weekly and the Sporting News.[4][5]

Saffold was the only rookie in 2010 to start all their teams games at left tackle and Saffold allowed only three sacks in 590 pass attempts according to Statspass.com as he helped Steven Jackson rush for over 1,000 yards. In 2011, he played in and started 9 games at left tackle before being put on IR on November 19, 2011. In 2012 Saffold returned and played in and started the last 10 games of the season at left tackle. In 2013 Saffold played in 12 games with 9 starts, and moved around the offensive line with 1 start at left tackle, 3 starts at right tackle, and 5 starts at right guard. In 2014, Saffold played in and started all 16 games mostly at left guard, but also started at right guard and saw some action at right tackle too. In 2015, Saffold played in and started 5 games at right guard. In 2016, Saffold has started in and played all 11 games at the guard position. [6] [7]

Saffold signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract with the Oakland Raiders on March 11, 2014.[8] However, after a disagreement in Oakland on Saffold's physical condition, he returned to the Rams to sign a five-year, $31.7 million contract. The Raiders had concerns about Saffold's shoulder, which contrasted with the Rams who had "no concerns whatsoever".[9][10] Saffold received an overall grade of 73.7 from Pro Football Focus, which ranked as the seventh best grade among all qualified offensive guards in 2018.[11] Saffold helped the Rams reach Super Bowl LIII.

Tennessee TitansEdit

On March 14, 2019, Saffold signed with the Tennessee Titans on a four-year $44 million contract.[12][13]

eSports involvementEdit

Saffold is currently the owner of competitive Call of Duty team Rise Nation.[14] He bought the team in April 2014.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Rodger Saffold - Yahoo Sports
  2. "Rodger Saffold". NFL Draftscout.com. February 28, 2010. http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=78897&draftyear=2010&genpos=OT. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
  3. St. Louis Rams Sign OT Rodger Saffold
  4. 2010 All-Rookie team
  5. http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/feed/2011-01/sn-2010-nfl-awards/story/sn-nfl-rookie-of-the-year-ndamukong-suh
  6. "Rodger Saffold Player Summary". https://www.therams.com/team/players-roster/rodger-saffold/. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  7. "Rodger P. Saffold III". Sports Reference LLC. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SaffRo20.htm. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  8. Wesseling, Chris (March 11, 2014). "Rodger Saffold joins Oakland Raiders on 5-year deal". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000332973/article/rodger-saffold-expected-to-join-oakland-raiders.
  9. Rosenthal, Gregg (March 13, 2014). "Rodger Saffold fails Raiders physical, will rejoin Rams". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000333671/article/rodger-saffold-fails-raiders-physical-will-rejoin-rams.
  10. Silver, Michael (March 12, 2014). "Raiders pull plug on Saffold deal". https://twitter.com/MikeSilver/status/443949564857307137.
  11. "Pro Football Focus: Rodger Saffold". https://www.profootballfocus.com/nfl/players/rodger-saffold/5558.
  12. Wyatt, Jim (March 14, 2019). "New Bodyguard: Titans Agree to Terms With Former Rams OL Rodger Saffold". TitansOnline.com. https://www.titansonline.com/news/new-bodyguard-titans-agree-to-terms-with-former-rams-ol-rodger-saffold.
  13. Teope, Herbie (March 12, 2019). "Tennessee Titans sign G Rodger Saffold to 4-year deal". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001022231/article/titans-expected-to-sign-g-rodger-saffold-to-4year-deal.
  14. Gaudiosi, John (April 9, 2014). "Why An NFL Star Bought eSports Team Rise Nation Gaming". http://www.gameskinny.com/bego1/why-an-nfl-star-bought-esports-team-rise-nation-gaming. Retrieved June 3, 2015.

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