Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said the team is comfortable with its decision to sign talented-but-troubled receiver Da’Rick Rogers to a reserve-future contract earlier this month.
“It’s one of those things where we like the player’s ability in college,” Dorsey said. “We did some research, we vetted that out, we’re all good there. I think we have really good position coaches and they have a unique way of motivating guys to play. It’s one of those things where you try to increase the competitiveness of your roster.”
Rogers is a former five-star prep prospect who enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign at the University of Tennessee, where he caught 67 passes for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011. However, he was suspended from the program indefinitely before the season because of a violation of team rules.
Rogers then transferred to Tennessee Tech, where he caught 61 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012 before declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft (he went undrafted).
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The Indianapolis Colts signed Rogers to their practice squad, and he spent the season being promoted to the active roster, released and signed to the practice squad again. In five games with the Colts in 2013 — including three starts — Rogers caught 14 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
However, Rogers again found trouble last September, when the Colts promptly released him for conduct detrimental to the team after he was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Rogers had been a healthy scratch for the Colts’ first four games of the season.
Senior Bowl director Phil Savage created a bit of a stir during the morning weigh-in when he prefaced the names of nine players who turned down an invite by saying that teams should “dig a little deeper on” them (likely because of the way they declined an invite).
They were: Clemson defensive Corey Crawford, Kentucky defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree, Florida State offensive lineman Cam Erving, Florida State receiver Rashad Greene, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson, UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, Florida State guard Josue Matias and West Virginia receiver Kevin White.
Savage also named six other players who declined an invitation but did not receive the dreaded “dig a little deeper” jab.
They were: Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley, South Carolina guard AJ Cann, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Missouri offensive tackle Mitch Morse, Louisville receiver DeVante Parker and Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff.
▪ Chiefs coach Andy Reid was not in attendance at the Senior Bowl (he did attend last season). The team did not give a reason why.
▪ Former Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall decided to move to defensive back, so Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett has been added to the South roster to take his spot.