Former Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers had off-field issues that scared teams off and resulted in him going undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, but the Buffalo Bills decided to give him a chance.
Bills GM Buddy Nix said that the team had a first/second-round grade on the troubled receiver and they understand his background and feel comfortable giving him a shot.
“Being from Tennessee, I’ve known his background,” Nix said on The John Murphy Show, via BuffaloBills.com. “He’s from Calhoun, Georgia, I knew him when he was playing in high school. The guy’s got tremendous talent. He’s made some bad decisions. It’s gotten him in trouble.
“Got him out of the University of Tennessee, from an All-SEC performance in his sophomore year, and he goes to Tennessee Tech where he has a so-so year. He played down to the level of competition, really. But this guy’s talented. He can play. The ball’s in his court. He goes by the rules, and does like he’s supposed to, or he goes somewhere else.”
He definitely has the talent to make an impact at the next level, but he will have to show he has matured and can handle the pressure of being a NFL talent.
If Rogers can get it all together, he has every chance to earn the team’s No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver spot.