Niagara Gazette

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April 29, 2013

Bills sign, take chance with WR Rogers

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Niagara Gazette — Last year, Rogers had 893 yards receiving and tied a Tennessee Tech single-season record with 10 touchdown catches.

An NFL pre-draft scouting report praised Rogers for being "a physical specimen with strong hands, who overpowered defenders." But it also noted his "off-field maturity," and knocked him for not being "a very instinctual receiver."

Rogers has not shied from discussing his past. Earlier this month, he described his departure from Tennessee as being both "a wake-up call," and something that "humbled" him.

It was also a message he delivered to NFL teams during the scouting process.

"I go in and tell them I'm not here to defend that bio," Rogers said. "Everything you have, that's true. That's the real deal. I'm willing to change that. Here's what I've done."

The Bills were interested in Rogers, who was one of 30 draft-eligible players Buffalo invited to visit the team's facility and meet with coaches this month.

"He had that ding at Tennessee, as we all know," Bills director of college scouting Chuck Cook said, referring to Rogers two weeks ago. "We've been tracking him and doing our due diligence with his intangibles, and we've come to a decision and we'll stack him on the board the way he fits in our wide receiver group."

The Bills showed in the draft that they were willing to take a risk on adding players who ran into trouble at college.

With their second of two second-round picks, they selected Oregon linebacker Kristian 'Kiko' Alonso, who was suspended for the entire 2010 season due to separate alcohol-related offenses.

In the fourth round, Buffalo drafted Nevada safety Michael 'Duke' Williams, who was arrested for alcohol and driving-related offenses. He was also involved in a fight that sent a teammate to the hospital.

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