Despite his standing as an electrifying talent, undrafted rookie Da’Rick Rogers still has a lot to prove before he can lock down a roster spot with the Buffalo Bills.
The intriguing wide receiver fell through the 2013 NFL Draft due to character concerns, but appears primed to become an integral part of the Bills’ passing attack. That is, however, if he can keep himself out of head coach Doug Marrone’s doghouse.
So far, Rogers isn’t off to the greatest of starts.
On Friday, Rogers got an earful from Marrone for taunting cornerback Ron Brooks after beating him for a touchdown grab. The undrafted rookie receiver stood over Brooks following his trip to the end zone, and was reprimanded for the blatant display of immaturity.
All character issues aside, Rogers has the physical tools to evolve into a dynamic wide receiver for the Bills. An explosive pass-catcher with a 6’3’’ frame and plenty of speed, Rogers has already made his mark during Bills OTAs. Buffalo GM Buddy Nix even said that the team had a first-round grade on the undrafted receiver, but watched him slide due to his off-field issues.
Once training camp begins, Rogers will battle with the likes of fellow rookies Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin and veterans T.J. Graham and Marcus Easley for playing time across from No. 1 receiver Stevie Johnson. Considering the fact that he’s already shown that dynamic spark during OTAs, a strong training camp performance could see Rogers catching passes from quarterback E.J. Manuel early and often in 2013.
The Bills appear to have a zero-tolerance policy in place for Rogers, whose plethora of NFL potential has always been handcuffed by his abundance of immaturity. If he can get his head on straight and stay humble, though, Rogers could develop into a starter for the Bills in the not-so-distant future.
First and foremost, Rogers has to make the roster. If the childish displays and off-field slip ups continue, he won’t.