AFC West: Roderick Rogers

Issues at safety persist for Broncos

November, 25, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Does this say all you need to know about Denver's need at safety?

The team cut Roderick Rogers on Tuesday afternoon. Rogers made his first start of the season Sunday in a 31-10 loss to Oakland. He beat out Calvin Lowry, who was claimed off of waivers earlier this season.

After Rogers played poorly on Sunday, Denver coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he was looking for someone to step up at the position. Rogers had his chance and now he is out.

The Broncos have had virtually no help from the safety position this season. Perhaps seventh-round pick Josh Barrett, just promoted from the practice squad Saturday, will get his chance.

Expect Denver to seriously consider USC safety Taylor Mays with its first-round pick next spring.

Broncos, Chiefs make moves

November, 4, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Broncos and the Chiefs shuffled their rosters Tuesday.

In Denver, the Broncos signed linebacker Mario Haggan, running back P.J. Pope and defensive back Roderick Rogers.

Haggan has spent the past five seasons with Buffalo and he played in 65 career games for the Bills. He was signed because weakside linebacker D.J. Williams is out for the next month with a knee injury. Pope and Rogers were on Denver's practice squad.

Pope was signed to the 53-man roster because Denver put running backs Michael Pittman and Andre Hall on the injured reserve, ending their seasons.

Denver cut tight end Chad Mustard and it added running back Cory Boyd and linebacker Tyson Smith to the practice squad. Boyd, a South Carolina product, was Tampa Bay's seventh-round pick this year.

In Kansas City, activated wide receiver Kevin Robinson and tight end Michael Merritt. Both players are rookies. Robinson was a sixth-round pick from Utah State and Merritt was a seventh-round pick from Central Florida. Both players have been on injured list.

The Chiefs could still try to sign a running back with Kolby Smith out for the season with a knee injury.