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Colts Sign Troubled Receiver to Practice Squad

Da'Rick Rogers scores against the Colts in 2013 Preseason Week 1.  Photo courtesy of NFL Rush, cover photo courtesy of Yahoo!.
Da’Rick Rogers scores against the Colts in 2013 Preseason Week 1. Photo courtesy of NFL Rush, cover photo courtesy of Yahoo!.

Jake Arthur
ISR Colts/Notre Dame Beat Writer

INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, the Colts announced they have signed undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers to the practice squad as the seventh member.

Rogers is known for being an ultra-talented wide receiver shaped in the mold of Terrell Owens, but has had a football career marred by character issues.  You might remember him from his touchdown against the Colts this year in the first preseason game.  Rogers was kicked off of the University of Tennessee’s football team for repeated failed drug tests.  Afterward, Rogers transferred to Tennessee Tech to revive his career.  He played well enough to still make it to the NFL, but he went undrafted.

Rogers was signed by the Buffalo Bills in April and hung on with them throughout the preseason, but did not survive their first round of roster cuts.  It is believed that Rogers’ character issues, mixed with Buffalo’s heavy depth at wide receiver led to his release.

If Rogers can keep his head on straight in the Colts organization and make it to the active roster, this could be a monumental move for the team.  As mentioned before, Rogers is cut from the mold of big, physical receivers like Terrell Owens, while maintaining the athleticism to be a “home run hitter”.  He has got a long way to hit his ceiling, but the Colts may be a team who gives him time to hit it unless his attitude turns sour.

 

Jake Arthur is the Colts and Notre Dame beat writer for the Indy Sports Report.  Follow Jake and the Indy Sports Report on Twitter.

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