All Da’Rick Rogers needs is a chance.
I’ve been saying that since February when Rogers went undrafted and signed with the Buffalo Bills.
Rogers has been biding his time after being cut by the Bills and then signed to the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad. He was activated a couple of weeks ago and saw his first game action last week.
The former Vol only played 13 offensive snaps last week, but a bigger role could be on the way for Rogers very very soon, according to the Indy Star.
At wide receiver, signs point toward more of rookie Da’Rick Rogers and less of veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey. Rogers made his NFL debut last Sunday against Tennessee when he was on the field for 13 offensive plays. He failed to catch a pass, but drew a 26-yard interference penalty against Titans cornerback Alterraun Vernerin the second quarter that led to one of Adam Vinatieri’s five field goals.
“More snaps means more opportunities to make plays,” Rogers said. “I just want to get out there and do the right things and be in the right place for Andrew (Luck).”
Coach Chuck Pagano was non-committal when asked if Rogers might see more playing time and Heyward-Bey less Sunday at Cincinnati.
“We’ve got four guys on the 53-man roster right now at the wide receiver position and we’ve got to do a great job of playing to their strengths,” he said. “We’re going to need them all.”
If you’re wondering why the Colts (and myself) are so big on Rogers, check out this catch from last season when he was with Tennessee Tech.
Rogers is a complete receiver. He has great ball skills, route running skills and close to elite size.
This is probably the best opportunity he’ll ever have in front of him, so he better make the most of it.
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