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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Bills' Da'Rick Rogers sliding off radar

By Mike Rodak

The Buffalo Bills put a heavy emphasis on skill positions in April's draft, injecting more youth and speed into their group of receivers by adding Robert Woods (second round) and Marquise Goodwin (third round).

Woods projects to join holdovers Steve Johnson and T.J. Graham in what essentially will be a three-receiver starting package this season. Goodwin, who already has shown big-play ability this preseason, could provide a spark both on offense and on special teams.

Beyond that, the Bills have one or two roster spots to play with at the position, depending if they want to keep five or six receivers. One of those spots could go to Brad Smith, who head coach Doug Marrone called a "core" special teams player earlier in training camp.

After the draft, the Bills signed Da'Rick Rogers, a standout receiver at Tennessee who was dismissed from the team last summer after multiple failed drug tests. He played last season at Tennessee Tech, and had it not been for his off-the-field issues in college, likely would have been drafted.

Because of that, Rogers was expected to compete for a roster spot this preseason, but instead saw his playing time tail off on Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings, seeing just 10 snaps on offense, all late in the game. Unless the Bills want to hold a roster spot for Rogers based off his potential, his chances to crack the 53-man roster look slim.

Instead, the competition for the fifth receiver job looks to come down to either Marcus Easley or Chris Hogan, although if the Bills release Smith, it could open the door for both players to make the cut.

Through the first two preseason games, here is a snapshot look at each player battling for a roster spot at receiver:

Marcus Easley
*20 offensive snaps vs. IND (7 targets, 7 catches)
*43 offensive snaps vs. MIN (5 targets, 3 catches)
*16 total special teams snaps

Chris Hogan
*22 offensive snaps vs. IND (3 targets, 2 catches)
*37 offensive snaps vs. MIN (7 targets, 4 catches)
*16 total special teams snaps

Brad Smith
*did not play vs. IND (injury)
*11 offensive snaps vs. MIN (2 targets, 2 catches)
*2 total special teams snaps

Da'Rick Rogers
*23 offensive snaps vs. IND (1 target, 1 catch)
*10 offensive snaps vs. MIN (2 targets, 1 catch)
*7 total special teams snaps