After the 2013 NFL Draft, there was plenty of hype surrounding Da’Rick Rogers, as the Tennessee Tech star receiver was receiving high marks from many NFL Draft experts. NFL.com graded him out as a 2nd or 3rd round player who would become an eventual starter in the NFL.
But there were concerns about Rogers’ effort and mindset, and he fell completely off the draft board, and was not added to a team until the post-draft free agent frenzy found him in Buffalo with the Bills.
The Bills did not have a plethora of talent at wide receiver when Rogers was added, so there was a general feeling that he had a clear path to making the Buffalo roster. The snap count from the team’s most recent preseason game tells a different story.
According to Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News, Da’Rick Rogers did not play a single snap against the Washington Redskins, putting his role with the team in doubt.
Last week, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com posted a blog article pointing to snap counts in previous preseason games that showed Rogers was falling “off the radar” in Buffalo. And with the first set of roster cuts coming up on Tuesday, the Bills didn’t seem eager to give Rogers a chance to prove himself in the final preseason game before the trimming of the roster begins.
There is immense talent in Rogers, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him find another team should he be let go. But it’s certainly a very telling sign that the young man didn’t see the field for a Buffalo offense which had three-and-out drives for a majority of their disappointing loss to the Redskins in preseason Week 3.