Per Adam Schefter:
Colts signed former Bills wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers to the practice squad.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2013
Rogers is a fantastic talent who is a bit of a headcase. The practice squad is the perfect situation for him.
Rogers is a 6'2", 217 pound receiver out of Tennessee Tech. He was dismissed from Tennessee for off-the-field maturity issues, prompting his transfer to Tennessee Tech. He's failed several drug tests at the college level.
Don't get me wrong, Rogers has some big issues. But he also has a lot of talent. He's a big, strong receiver who works very well over the middle. He needs to develop his route running, and he'll never be the most cerebral player, but he has all the physical talent in the world. He went for 67 catches for 1040 yards and nine touchdowns during his sophomore season at Tennessee, and dominated the FCS with 78 receptions for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns.
By signing Rogers to the practice squad, the Colts get to attempt to develop him without risking anything. Other teams don't get to see how he's progressing, and the Colts don't risk a thing. I wanted the Colts to pick him up as a UDFA after the draft, but this works out even better, really. They don't pay him anything notable, and they're not giving up a spot on the roster to develop him.
Possible reward without risking a thing? My favorite kind of signing. No matter how it works out, kudos to Ryan Grigson.
(Marcus Dugan chiming in here) For more on Da'Rick Rogers, click here for his NFL.com Combine Profile, or his CBS Sports Draft profile, wherein he was projected as a 3rd round pick. Or just watch this video of the good and the bad of his game against Oregon:
Although the Colts have room on their practice squad, they chose to waive injured receiver Nathan Palmer today when they signed Rogers. From the team's official announcement:
The Indianapolis Colts today signed wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers to the practice squad and waived wide receiver Nathan Palmer from Injured Reserve with an injury settlement.
Rogers, 6-3, 205 pounds, was first signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2013 before being waived on August 26. In three collegiate seasons, he posted 139 receptions for 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns in 36 games played. Rogers played two seasons at the University of Tennessee (2010-11) before transferring to Tennessee Tech for one year (2012).
We will continue to keep you up to date on any new roster moves in the coming days.
Wow, I've wanted this guy so bad for so long, I think he could be one of the deadliest receivers out of this years draft if he can remove his head from his ass.
@MarcusDugan "Grigson: We're giving him an opportunity; we've had a conversation about this"
I like it, the chance to play for a contender and catch passes from a great quarterback is a much better motivator than playing for the freakin' Bills. Hope he can put it all together.