According to reports, former Indianapolis Colts wideout Da’Rick Rogers has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs for next season. The always talented, yet troubled wideout was on the Colts roster this season until he was released in late September following a DUI arrest. In two seasons with the team, Rogers appeared in 5 games, catching 14 receptions for 192 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.
Aug 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers (16) runs after catching a pass during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Saints won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
Still only 23 years old, Rogers’ talent will give him yet another NFL chance with the Chiefs. He boasted a 4.52 forty time and 39 1/2 vertical jump at the 2013 NFL Draft Combine among his more impressive physical measurables.
Rogers was originally signed as an undrafted free agent of the Buffalo Bills before being released before the start of the 2013 regular season. He was then inked to the Colts practice squad, where he was later promoted to the active roster late in the 2013 regular season. He remained on the Colts active roster until this September before his subsequent release.
While at the University of Tennessee, as a sophomore in 2011, Rogers was named as a first team All-SEC selection. However, he failed 3 drug tests during his time there and was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules before the start of the Volunteers’ 2012 season. He then transferred to Tennessee Tech, where he proceeded to catch 61 passes for 893 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in his junior season. Following that season, he decided to forego his senior year and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
On a Chiefs’ team lacking talent at wide receiver, Rogers will have a legitimate chance of making their active roster for 2015 if he keeps his head on straight and stays clean. He showed flashes of his enormous potential while with the Colts in his limited opportunities; however, his immaturity issues ultimately cost him his spot on their active roster.
It marks the 2nd wide receiver that the Chiefs organization has plucked from the Colts’ roster in recent seasons, as the team previously signed Donnie Avery from the Colts in 2013, following a season in which he had 60 receptions for 781 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for the “Boys in Blue”.
Aug 28, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers (16) kicks the ball after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports