Kansas City Chiefs: Da’Rick Rogers Cut


The Kansas City Chiefs have parted ways with talented wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers before he ever played a snap for the team.

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Rogers, who was signed by the Chiefs after a promising 2013 rookie season in Indianapolis followed by a season out of the league with off-field issues, was thought to have been someone who would play a role in the Kansas City offense this year.

He showed some talent that rookie season, snagging 14 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns in just five games, as well as a 46-yard reception against the Chiefs in a 2014 playoff game.

However, there had been reports that Rogers failed to impress the Chiefs’ coaching staff.

For a team coming off a season that saw a grand total of zero WR touchdowns, any news from the position generates a buzz, and according to ESPN’s Adam Teicher, Rogers failed to create one during OTAs.

Rogers’ legal issues were no secret to the Chiefs when they signed him in January.

Despite an incredible sophomore campaign at Tennessee where Rogers had 67 catches and 1,040 yards, he was dismissed from the team for what he later admitted was marijuana use. The 6’2”, 215-pound receiver transferred to Tennessee Tech where he wowed with 61 receptions, 893 yards and 10 touchdowns.

After going undrafted, the Colts signed him, but eventually cut him after he was suspected of driving under the influence during the fall of 2014, according to Terez Paylor of The KC Star.

He was sentenced to one day in jail and six months probation in May for the arrest, and was out of the league until the Chiefs gave him a chance.

Now, he’s back on the market and Kansas City is still relatively thin at the WR spot. Rogers certainly wasn’t slated as a starter, but was poised to provide some depth at the position.

The addition of Jeremy Maclin has strengthened the position greatly, but the rest of the depth chart features a second-year player who was primarily a running back in college in De’Anthony Thomas, an experienced, but average veteran in Jason Avant and a group of unproven talent in Chris ConleyFrankie Hammond, Junior Hemingway and Albert Wilson.

It will be interesting moving forward to see if the Chiefs make any more moves to upgrade the position, or roll with whom they have at the moment.

It’s too bad for Rogers it didn’t work out, but when you bring the off-field baggage along with you to a new team, your performance better be above average.

Obviously his was not, and the Chiefs have decided to move on.

Stats provided by Sports-Reference.com and The KC Star.

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