The Indianapolis Colts are hoping someone, indeed anyone, will step up at the wide receiver position to fill the void of talent that was left when the team’s best receiver, Reggie Wayne, went down with a season-ending knee injury in the Colts’ victory over the Denver Broncos over 3 weeks ago.
Might Da’Rick Rogers be that guy? He may be soon given the chance, as the team signed him from the practice squad to the active roster on Monday night.
It is possible the move is merely an insurance policy against the possibility that the Colts’ No. 4 receiver, Griff Whalen, who suffered a big hit in the Colts loss versus the Rams last Sunday, is unable to play due to concussion symptoms. It is also quite possible the Colts plan to give him some game time. After all, why not? It is anything but clear that they have anyone on the active roster who can take the attention away from the Colts’ new ‘default’ No. 1 receiver, from T.Y. Hilton.
Rogers was a beast on the field in college. Off the field, however, it was a different story. When he wasn’t failing drug tests, he was putting up huge numbers, setting single-game school records and winning awards.
At 6-3, 206 lbs. he has the size and speed (4.5 sec/40-yard) to be a contributor. Scouts have described him as an explosive player who is unafraid of hard hits, and who has the ability to come down with tough catches on a consistent basis—something the Colts are sorely in need of.
Because of his off-the-field-issues, Rogers went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. But he wasn’t without a team for long, having signed with the Buffalo Bills just hours following the draft. He was later released by the Bills on August 26, 2013, and subsequently signed to Indianapolis Colts practice squad on September 2, 2013.
His signing now gives the Colts 6 receivers on the active roster. They cleared the roster spot for him by waiving safety Larry Asante, who will revert to the injured reserve list if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Rookie wide receiver Josh Lenz will take Rogers’ spot on the practice squad. He played for Iowa State, and was most recently released from the Seahawks’ practice squad
The move gives the Colts six receivers on the active roster.