Richard Rodgers is entering his second NFL season, and is ready to take a big leap forward with the Green Bay Packers. He showed flashes of brilliance last season, and was the starting tight end against the New England Patriots in their first preseason game last night. Green Bay has high hopes for him this year, and he is reportedly one of the Packers’ top red zone targets in training camp so far for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

During the 2014 season, Rodgers caught just 20 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. He ended up playing a decently sized role in the postseason as well, and caught five passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Obviously those numbers aren’t huge, but he showed the ability to be an above average route runner, and he has a great pair of hands. Gaining the trust of the entire offense is never easy for a young player, but that is exactly what Rodgers was able to do as a rookie. There are quite a few areas that he needs to improve in order to be a great starter, but he could step in this season and do a very solid job.