Da’Rick Rogers gets big opportunity with Indianapolis Colts
Despite his history of off-field issues and attitude problems, Rogers is getting the opportunity of a lifetime with the Colts. On Thursday, the undrafted rookie was promoted from the practice squad to the Indianapolis 53-man roster.
Originally signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted rookie free agent, Rogers has all of the physical tools to be a force in the NFL. Unfortunately, his mental shortcomings have kept him from taking advantage of his immense potential. After struggling to grasp the playbook and landing in head coach Doug Marrone’s doghouse following a show of immaturity, Rogers was waived by the Bills at final cuts.
Rogers went unclaimed off of waivers, but eventually signed to the Colts’ practice squad as a developmental talent. With his recent promotion, though, he’s getting a chance to make an impact much sooner than originally expected.
Rogers’ promotion is a result of the fallout of Dwayne Allen’s season-ending hip injury. Without a capable replacement at tight end, the Colts will be forced to go with more three-wide sets. That means more Reggie Wayne, T.Y Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey on the field at one time. That also means the Colts are going to need more depth at wide receiver.
Hence, Rogers has been added to the active roster to join Griff Whalen and David Reed on the backend of the depth chart.
It might be a while before Rogers sees significant snaps, but the fact that the Colts trust him enough to promote him is a promising sign for the troubled rookie’s future. If he can continue to improve in the maturity department, there’s no telling just how high the ceiling is.