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Don’t Give Up On Da’Rick
As soon as the NFL Draft ended in April, the Bills made it their priority to sign troubled undrafted free agent wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers. There was excitement throughout the Bills’ fan base with the signing of the talented wide receiver.
However, if you’ve watched Buffalo’s two preseason games this summer, there is little evidence of Roger’s presence on the offense. He has an unimpressive stat line after two games; two receptions, 12 yards, one touchdown, in only three targets.
Rogers has been so unimpressive that WGR 550′s Joe Buscaglia predicts the Tennessee Tech receiver to miss out on one of the projected two final receiver spots on the Bills’ 53-man roster. Buscaglia gives Chris “7-11″ Hogan and veteran Brad Smith the nods over Rogers.
Luckily for Rogers, there are still two preseason games left and Doug Marrone and Co. doesn’t need to form the 53-man roster yet. There’s time. Even though Rogers presence hasn’t exactly been felt on the field during the two preseason games so far, Number 17 has provided plenty of electrifying play on the practice field at St. John Fischer this summer.
Rogers’ highlighted Monday’s practice with a 49-yard reception during the two-minute drill. It’s plays like that, that get fans excited about Rogers and why he was a highly touted undrafted free agent. Some argue that if Roger’s off-the-field problems didn’t get in the way of his SEC collegiate career at Tennessee he could have been a high draft pick.
Rogers’ practice stat lines and game stat lines are good evidence of the undrafted rookie’s main problem in camp; consistency. Consistency is important for any player looking to make a roster spot on any team. If you want to play and contribute at any level of football you have to make the most of your reps, which means you have to play consistent football. And for undrafted rookies, it’s even more important because their chances of landing on a 53-man roster are already very slim.
Coach Marrone discussed Rogers’ inconsistencies after practice Monday.
“With Da’Rick you see a lot of potential out there where he can go ahead and make plays and physically beat people,” said Marrone, according to buffalobills.com. ”Then other times he’s getting down a little bit or maybe feeling a little sorry for himself. Whatever it may be then you don’t see that consistency in him. Right now it’s a little bit up and down. Again we’ve just got to get it where it’s constantly going up and he should be a fine player.”
Rogers has a lot of talent. So much talent that if the Bills were to cut Rogers, he would end up on another squad almost immediately. So the Bills front office has to make a choice… Do they keep the troubled wide out and give him a shot? Or do they cut him and bag the Da’Rick Rogers experiment as a whole.
For me, you keep him. Rogers has the talent to someday be a top wide receiver in this league. When you cross the opportunity to have a future playmaker on your roster, you take it.