Sunday, May 12, 2013
Hey, rook, here's Tebow's number
By Rich Cimini
When former Tennessee wide receiver Zach Rogers reported to the Jets' rookie minicamp, he was assigned one of the most popular numbers in the NFL -- 15. It took him, oh, about a nanosecond to make the connection.
"Yeah, I remember him wearing it," Rogers said, alluding to Tebow's ill-fated season with the Jets.
Funny part is, Rogers got a chance to meet Tebow during the offseason. He actually caught passes from him one weekend in Nashville, where Tebow, on one of his many workout stops across America, trained with a quarterback coach.
"He threw to us," Rogers said. "He's a great guy. I wish him the best."
You might say Rogers is a Tiny Tim. After 6-foot, 172 pounds, he's 78 pounds lighter than Tebow's 2012 playing weight.
"He's a big dude," Rogers said, "but I'm going to try to fill [the uniform] as best as I can."
Rogers, an undrafted free agent, received a first-day shout out from Rex Ryan, who lauded his ability as a slot receiver. He caught a lot of balls over the first two days of the rookie camp, doing what slot receivers do -- finding ways to get open over the middle.
Rogers was a fine receiver at Tennessee, making 32 receptions for 491 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Those numbers don't jump off the page, but you have to consider he was part of a receiving corps that include Cordarrelle Patterson (first-round pick, Vikings) and Justin Hunter (second round, Titans). Obviously, he was overshadowed -- and didn't mind.
"I like flying under the radar," he said. "That's been my motto since coming out of high school. I'll stick with that."