May 10, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Da

Does Da ’Rick Rogers Make This Bills Team?


After the draft ended the Bills and their fans had to be pretty excited about their new additions.  A few draftees taken were a possible franchise quarterback, a potential number one wide receiver and a good linebacker.  It was something after the draft however that had people talking.  Da ’Rick Rogers went undrafted but didn’t really waste anytime signing on with the Bills.

 

He would end up not being drafted because of his off field issues while in college.  I have done some reading on this guy and I’ve seen some projections of him being selected as early as the 2nd round.  Others thought he would go in the later rounds knowing his past and problems that he could bring to an organization.

 

Coming out of high school Rogers was headed to Tennessee to play his college ball.  His first year wasn’t anything really to be excited about as he didn’t contribute that much in the stats category.   Football aside he didn’t really make the greatest of impressions as he was arrested for disorderly conduct.   His numbers significantly improved in his sophomore year as he put up numbers like 67 catches, 1,040 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns.   Those numbers eventually landed him on the ALL-SEC second team.   He played for the Volunteers up to the start of the 2012 season where he was in the end dismissed for multiple failed drug tests. After that occurred he transferred to Tennessee Tech where he didn’t look to miss a beat.  The numbers he put up at Tech definitely showed he could play: 78 catches, 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns.

 

Now back to the Bills signing Rogers and hoping they can help him get back on track.  I’m sure they are telling him your chances are running out and no one wants to see him just waste his talent.  He can be a good player on this team I think as long as he doesn’t have any more off-fields issues.   I say he makes the team and contributes starting right away.  Does he get the chance?

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  • knightindentedarmor

    The Bills have a decent collection of “good” players, but lack a sufficient number of difference-making play-makers to be serious playoff contenders. EJ Manuel has already hit Da’Rick Rogers for three long TD plays against the vets in OTAs.

    Because the Bills need that kind of big-play difference-maker, Rogers will be given every chance to make the team’s 53-man roster. It will be up to Rogers to do the things that he will need to do in order to take advantage of that opportunity. He will need to continue to improve his overall play and make big plays in the remaining OTA, mini-camp, training camp and the preseason and, most importantly, he will have to avoid getting into any kind of trouble.

    If he can do those things, Rogers has an excellent chance to make the Bills final roster. Given the strengths and weaknesses of the other receivers on the roster, Rogers has a chance to be a major “X factor” in the Bills offense who can cause all kinds of match-up problems for opposing defenses. And, I have no doubt that the coaching staff is well-aware of that and will do everything they can to keep Rogers doing the things that he needs to do in order to grow into that role.

  • NWBill

    I agree with KnightISA …. and Doug Marrone made it publicly clear that this was a one-shot deal with Rogers; a chance for him to prove that he belongs in the NFL. The kid would have to be majorly stupid not to do everything he could to take advantage of this opportunity. He obviously has the talent to do damage on the field; the question is, has he matured enough to keep from doing the team, and himself, damage off of it?