Rookie wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers finally had his NFL coming out party last week against the Bengals. Rogers caught six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Rogers’s long road to this point has been a rough one.
He has always had the talent, but due to his character red-flags, Rogers was not drafted during the course of the seven-round, 2013 NFL draft. Da’Rick Rogers shined in his two years at the University of Tennessee. Unfortunately, his off-field antics belittled his play on the field. Rogers failed three drug tests at Tennessee, and he was suspended from the team indefinitely in August of 2012. Following his suspension, Rogers spent his junior year of college at Tennessee Tech. In December of 2012, Rogers declared for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Da’Rick Rogers displayed everything you could want in a wide receiver while at Tennessee and Tennessee Tech: he showed off speed, power, great route-running skills and good hands. Nonetheless, not a single NFL team deemed him worthy of a draft pick, due to his issue with drugs.
After the completion of the draft this past April, the Buffalo Bills signed him as an undrafted free agent. He spent training camp and the preseason with the Bills, then he was cut in late August. Soon after, the Indianapolis Colts signed Rogers to their practice squad on September 2. The Colts placed him on their active 53-man roster on September 19, only to be cut five days later and signed back to their practice squad. Rogers was called up to the active roster again on November 11; he played in his first professional game on December 1.
Finally, Da’Rick Rogers got to show the world exactly what he is capable of, on December 8: the Colts realized what a tremendous talent they have on their roster, giving Rogers 41 offensive snaps versus the Bengals.
On a third down and 10 play, in the third quarter, Rogers took a simple slant route 69 yards for a touchdown. On his way to the end-zone, Rogers broke tackles from two Bengals defenders, showing off his great strength. Also, he scored on a short two-yard pass. Furthermore, during the Colts’ first offensive drive, Rogers beat Bengals cornerback Adam Jones’s coverage, forcing Jones to tug on Rogers’s arm, causing the pass to be incomplete, but there was no flag thrown.
Da’Rick Rogers is someone to keep your eye on; his potential is staggering, especially since he has been staying out of trouble since entering the NFL. Rogers is out to prove the entire league wrong for not spending a draft pick on him.