New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith stole the spotlight during rookie minicamps mostly because of the position he plays, the uncertainty of the starter at the position and the questions of his character. But, there was another offensive skill player that stole the show, and coach Rex Ryan pointed him out many times during his press conferences.
6-foot, 172-pound former wide receiver Zach Rogers reported to Jets rookie minicamp as an undrafted free agent, and will make the team as a slot receiver.
Before you know it, he can be the next Wes Welker in the NFL .
Rogers received a first-day shout out from Ryan, who praised his ability to play slot receiver. Ryan said he caught a lot of balls over the first two days of camp, and was findings ways to get open.
While at Tennessee, Rogers was overshadowed by Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter, who were both top receiver picks in this year’s draft. Despite this, Rogers still was able to make 32 receptions for 491 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
“I like flying under the radar,” Rogers told ESPN New York. “That’s been my motto since coming out of high school. I’ll stick with that.”
Rogers draws comparisons with Welker from the Denver Broncos. Welker started his NFL career as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins before making his claim to fame with the New England Patriots . With New England, Welker began is legacy as one of the best slot receivers in the league.
Rogers might have a few inches on Welker, but being 172 pounds, he is still similarly small, and his 4.45 40-yard-time draws comparisons to the Broncos receivers’ shiftiness and quickness.
If Rogers can become the next Welker, the Jets will have struck gold.