When the Bills signed Da’Rick Rogers as an undrafted free agent, they made it clear to the former Tennessee and Tennessee Tech receiver that he wouldn’t be around long if he got into the same kind of trouble that got him dismissed from the Volunteers after his sophomore season.
Rogers has thus far avoided any of the failed drug tests that helped him slide out of the draft altogether despite being All-SEC in that sophomore year, but he still got a talking-to from coach Doug Marrone during Friday’s practice. Rogers made a 15-yard catch against cornerback Ron Brooks and then earned Marrone’s ire for standing over the defender in a way that could lead to a penalty in a game. Marrone said “that’s not playing like a Buffalo Bill” after the practice and said he told Rogers the same on the field.
“I told him, ‘Is this going to be something we’re going to have to be concerned about with handling any type of success from you?’ That’s what I told him,” Marrone said, via Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. “I looked at him in his eye, and he understood that. And it’s good to end on a good note cuz now you’re excited to see what he can do when we come back to the mandatory minicamps.”
This isn’t the kind of thing that’s likely to get Rogers cut, but it also isn’t the kind of thing you’d like to see from a player who doesn’t need to give the Bills any reason to think twice about keeping him on their 53-man roster in September.