Da’Rick Rogers turned in another big play in practice on Monday morning. It was a 49-yard pass play with Rogers gaining separation to make a catch along the right sideline to put Buffalo’s offense in the red zone on the first play of a two-minute drill. It’s that type of ability that got Rogers his current opportunity in Bills training camp despite his past transgressions. What he’ll need to do to stay on Buffalo’s roster, according to head coach Doug Marrone, is turn those flashes of playmaking ability into constants.
“With Da’Rick you see a lot of potential out there where he can go ahead and make plays and physically beat people,” said Marrone. “Then other times he’s getting down a little bit or maybe feeling a little sorry for himself. Whatever it may be then you don’t see that consistency in him. Right now it’s a little bit up and down. Again we’ve just got to get it where it’s constantly going up and he should be a fine player.”
Marrone gave an example of how Rogers approach to the game might not be as structured and focused as that of some of the other rookie wideouts.
“What you see with some of the younger players and where I think the separation has come from, Robert Woods for example, has been out there every day consistently doing well and winning routes,” said Marrone. “Da’Rick you’ve seen flashes of him being able to win, so it’s just a matter of consistency. When we came up here what we’ve talked with the players about is that mindset. Going out there every day and trying to win and handling adversity.”
Rogers has certainly proven he has talent, but it’s apparent he still has to prove to his head coach that he can handle the day in and day out demands of being a pro.
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