Today, many fans were wondering if the Colts needed another option at wide receiver or kick returner, and, well, the Colts concur, at least for now. Indianapolis announced they had brought rookie receiver Da’Rick Rogers up from the practice squad this evening.
Rogers had trouble with maturity issues in his college career, causing the promising receiver’s dismissal from the University of Tennessee and subsequent transfer to Tennessee Tech. Despite projections as a 3rd round pick, Rogers went undrafted, signing with Buffalo and eventually landing on Indianapolis's practice squad.
At 6-3, 215 pounds with a 4.50 second 40-yard dash time and a 39.5” vertical jump, Rogers possesses elite measurables and could have worked his way to the first day of the draft had he remained at Tennessee.
The team also waived-injured safety Larry Asante, who will be placed on IR if he clears waivers and signed receiver Josh Lenz to the practice squad spot vacated by Rogers.
From the Colts press release:
Rogers, 6-3, 215 pounds, was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on September 2, 2013. In three collegiate seasons, he posted 139 receptions for 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns in 36 games played. Rogers played two seasons at the University of Tennessee (2010-11) before transferring to Tennessee Tech for one year (2012). As a sophomore in 2011, Rogers earned Associated Press First Team All-SEC honors after leading the conference with 67 receptions for 1,040 yards and ranking second with nine receiving touchdowns.
Lenz, 6-0, 194 pounds, was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2013 before being waived on August 30. He was then signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad on October 8 and was released on November 5. For his collegiate career at Iowa State, Lenz caught 96 passes for 1,213 yards and 10 touchdowns in 47 games played (19 starts). As a senior in 2012, he started eight-of-10 games and compiled 430 yards and six touchdowns on 29 receptions.
Asante was signed by the Colts on October 4, 2013 and appeared in five games this season. For his career, he has totaled 12 tackles (nine solo), one interception and one forced fumble in 17 games played.
Colts Authority’s Kyle Rodriguez and I are big fans of Rogers as a project player. He has the raw talent to become a number one or two NFL receiver. Obviously, he needs to learn, mature, and hone his in-game skills, but his size, strength, and natural athleticism cannot be taught.
Quick Da’Rick Rogers links:
Da’Rick at Tennessee, the good and the bad. Watch for # 21:
More Da’Rick (Tennessee Tech vs Oregon). Again, watch # 21. You can’t miss him: