The Buffalo Bills may have undermined Kevin Kolb’s long-term outlook with the organization by drafting quarterback E.J. Manuel in the first round, but they at least gave him some good weapons for the next couple years with their receiver haul in this draft. After selecting USC receiver Robert Woods and Texas wide out Marquise Goodwin in rounds two and three respectively, the Bills were not quite done addressing the position.
The Bills would sign troubled but extremely talented receiver Da’Rick Rogers as an undrafted free agent, who seems like a decent bet to make the roster due to their lack of quality depth heading into April.
“That puts a bigger chip on my shoulder,” Rogers told The Buffalo News. “The Buffalo Bills get that much. They get a hard-working player that’s got the biggest chip in the world on his shoulder. That just drives me that much more. I do take personally. I do take it to heart. … I’m ready to come work. I’m ready to come grind,” Rogers said. “Tell the Bills fans they got the steal of the draft. I won’t let them down.”
Rogers possesses the size (6-3, 208 pounds) and hands to make it at the pro level, but character questions submarined his draft stock. He was forced out of Tennessee for violating team rules and failing drug tests, but not before tailing a 1,000-yard season with the Volunteers in 2011. He would then go on to break Tennessee Tech school records as Cordarrelle Patterson took his place in the Vols receiving core alongside Justin Hunter.