The Indianapolis Colts are loaded at the wide receiver position for the upcoming NFL season. The Colts roster features veteran Reggie Wayne, playmaking burner T.Y. Hilton and now big body wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. The talent does not stop there; Da’Rick Rogers showed last year that he is more than capable of playing a starting role and contributing at a high level.
Rogers is a great athlete and that allows him to win battles with smaller defensive backs in the NFL. Along with him being 215-pounds, Rogers ran a 4.52 at the 40-yard-dash at the NFL combine two years ago.
Rogers’ place on the Colts roster is going to be up in the air. There is no doubt that he will make the roster, but it’s where he is going to make the contribution that is the question. Rogers is going to have to battle with rookie Donte Moncrief and Lavon Brazill for the fourth wide receiver position. Rogers isn’t experienced enough yet to play in the slot position and his body type is more suited to play on the boundary. That means he is going to have to overtake Hakeem Nicks if he is going to see significant playing time this year.
For Rogers to make the jump into the starting group he is going to have work on his route running ability. His cuts have to be sharper in order to create separation from the cornerback. In the NFL, cornerbacks are more technically sound and a player will rarely be able to use his physical advantage to create separation. If Rogers is going to make a difference then he is going to have become a better route runner.
If Rogers is able to become more of a complete wide receiver, look for him to replace Nicks in the following offseason. If Rogers stumbles then look for players like Brazil or Moncrief to overtake him. The Colts are in a great position with Rogers; if he succeeds then the Colts can finally have their No. 2 wide receiver of the future.