INDIANAPOLIS -- The initial reaction was that of hope and excitement from the fan base when the Indianapolis Colts announced that they elevated receiver Da'Rick Rogers from the practice squad Monday evening. That was expected when you think about the team’s current situation at receiver.
The rest of the receiving group?
That’s not the ideal situation when you have Andrew Luck as your quarterback.
That’s why the Colts decided to give Rogers a shot. He led the SEC in receptions -- 67 -- and yards -- 1,040 -- during his sophomore year at Tennessee in 2011. Rogers reportedly had multiple substance abuse violations and maturity problems while in college. Those issues overshadowed what he could do on the football field. The Colts told him they’d give him a shot as long as he stayed out of trouble.
“He’s done everything that we’ve asked him to do,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “Now we’re going to give him an opportunity because he’s earned that opportunity to go along with he’s big, he’s fast and he’s got excellent ball skills.”
There’s no guarantee Rogers will be active for Thursday’s game at Tennessee.
“He’s just another guy that we can add to the mix,” Pagano said. “We feel like, we’ll see how things go. It’s not Thursday yet and we haven’t put up who is going to be up, who is going to be down, those type of things but he’s certainly a guy that if he gets out there, he’s got playmaking ability.”
Rogers can only help in the receiving department when you think about what’s happened since Wayne went down on Oct. 20.
Hilton has done his part, catching 14 passes for 251 yards in two games. But Darrius Heyward-Bey, David Reed, LaVon Brazill and Griff Whalen have only combined for 13 catches for 131 yards in that same span.
“I have a lot of confidence in my talents and abilities and it’s simple,” Rogers said. “I just got to go out and do the things the coaches taught me and the things that I’ve learned and everything will work itself out.”