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Da’Rick Rogers: I showed the Colts they can trust me

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Wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers had a spectacular sophomore season at the University of Tennessee, but got suspended for failed drug tests and wound up transferring to Tennessee Tech.

Rogers played well at that school and did well at the combine, but wound up going undrafted last year and the red flags from Knoxville looked like the biggest reason for that fate. Rogers signed with the Bills, got cut at the end of camp and then joined the Colts practice squad. Injuries and Darrius Heyward-Bey’s ineffectiveness gave him a chance and Rogers had 14 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns over the final five games of the season.

He didn’t fare as well in the postseason, including a pair of drops against New England, but Rogers still thinks he showed the Colts that they can trust him with a role on the team.

“I believe I showed the Colts that they can trust me, that I can come to work and be professional every day,” Rogers said, via Mike Wells of ESPN.com. “That stuff is in the past. It’s all about football for me. I’m still pretty disgusted with the loss and dropping those passes. I’m going to take a little bit of time off and then I’ll be back here in Indy working out all the time.”

Reggie Wayne should be back next season to go with T.Y. Hilton in the starting lineup, which leaves Rogers looking like a strong option to be the third receiver in Indianapolis next season. Given what he flashed in 2013 and what Wayne can do when healthy, that would make the Colts offense difficult to stop and should have the Colts hoping Rogers proves to be a man of his word.

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16 Responses to “Da’Rick Rogers: I showed the Colts they can trust me”
  1. jmill925 says: Jan 24, 2014 6:15 PM

    He’d be the 4th option behind Lavon Brazil

  2. cajunaise says: Jan 24, 2014 6:25 PM

    Great upside potential. Looking forward to this story continuing on a positive track.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 24, 2014 6:32 PM

    Da’Rick you got cut by Da’Bills. Don’t buy a house.

  4. mitybuc says: Jan 24, 2014 6:43 PM

    Talent’s undeniable. Only thing that can stop this guy is himself.

    So long as those drops haunt him, he should be fine.

    Keep him near Wayne in the locker room…and hope he realizes where he is.

  5. longbino says: Jan 24, 2014 7:28 PM

    Typical Bills
    Inability to evaluate talent as usual

  6. thestiffxone says: Jan 24, 2014 7:38 PM

    Can’t get over the fact that his name is actually Da’Rick…

  7. tolan04 says: Jan 24, 2014 7:38 PM

    First round talent undrafted personal problems. I was hoping as a bills fan he’d make the team. Really hope he turns his life around for the better and makes a name for himself in the NFL.

  8. tvjules says: Jan 24, 2014 7:54 PM

    Great talent with huge potential! Go Colts!

  9. thermanmerman99 says: Jan 24, 2014 8:08 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Jan 24, 2014 6:32 PM
    Da’Rick you got cut by Da’Bills. Don’t buy a house.

    didnt marshawn lynch get cut by the bills too? how did that turn out

  10. richardernsberger says: Jan 24, 2014 8:23 PM

    The guy led the SEC in receptions, then went bonehead and got kicked off of Tennessee. Tough guy, good hands (mostly), physical Anquan Boldin-type receiver, though I’m not suggesting he’s that good.

  11. udkidd says: Jan 24, 2014 8:55 PM

    Lynch was traded to the Seahawks for two picks, not cut.

  12. taintedlombardis says: Jan 24, 2014 11:08 PM

    At least there was no tank job to get him.

  13. taj77 says: Jan 24, 2014 11:26 PM

    La’Rick, Da’Ricks dad, is very happy for him.

  14. p31squared says: Jan 24, 2014 11:54 PM

    He’ll be fourth behind Brazil going into training camp. Wouldn’t be surprised if Wayne, Hilton, Brazil, Rogers, Whalen, and the tight ends Fleener and Allen (who will really be the 3rd and 4th receivers) work extensively with Luck this offseason. The Colts passing offense could be deadly next season. And they need to resign Donald Brown.

  15. obsession55 says: Jan 27, 2014 9:25 AM

    If this group can stay healthy (TY, Wayne, Da’Rick, Dwayne Allen, Fleener, Brazill) they will be impossible to stop. Allen is an absolute stud, everyone forgets about how big a loss it was when he got hurt

    GO BLUE!!

  16. bluehorseshoes12 says: Jan 29, 2014 11:14 AM

    You guys are nuts if you think Lavon Brazil will be the 4th wide out. He’ll be lucky if he doesn’t get cut this offseason with his off the field problems and on the field struggles. Whalen would be a perfect slot guy and Da’Rick will be what DHB was supposed to be

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