Niagara Gazette

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April 29, 2013

Bills sign, take chance with WR Rogers

Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — Passed over in the NFL draft, Tennessee Tech receiver Da'Rick Rogers can finally begin putting his troubled college career behind him after agreeing to sign with the Buffalo Bills.

Rogers' agent Joby Branion, on Sunday, confirmed his client agreed to terms with the Bills. The player announced the news a day earlier by writing, "I'm a Buffalo Bill," on his Twitter account.

He becomes the latest play-making addition to what is becoming a young, retooled offense under rookie head coach Doug Marrone.

The Bills opened the draft by selecting Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel with the 16th pick. They then selected two more receivers: Southern California's Robert Woods (41st overall) and Texas speedster Marquise Goodwin (78th).

Aside from Rogers, the Bills also reached deals with two more undrafted rookie free agents. Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel and Eastern Washington receiver Brandon Kaufman agreed to sign with Buffalo, the players' agent, Cameron Foster, said.

The Bills have a policy of not announcing moves until a player is signed.

Rogers is regarded as an intriguing addition. Listed at 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds, he had been projected to be an early to mid-round pick, and had been ranked 11th among draft-eligible receivers by NFL.com.

His stock, however, dropped because of off-the-field issues during his first two seasons at Tennessee.

In August, Rogers transferred to Tennessee Tech shortly after being suspended indefinitely by the Volunteers for violating team rules. Rogers said multiple failed drug tests prompted his move to the Football Championship Subdivision.

Rogers also had a troubled start to his college career. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest before his freshman season.

A high school star from Calhoun, Ga., Rogers did make an impact when given the opportunity to play. A first-time starter as a sophomore, Rogers led the Volunteers with 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns.

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