Saturday, June 1, 2013

Marrone reminds Rogers 'what being a pro is'


Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone was impressed with rookie wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers Friday. Except on one occasion.

During the Bills' final OTA practice, Rogers got his coach's attention with a nice route, move and catch on a 15-yard pass from fellow rookie E.J. Manuel. What Rogers did after the play, however, caught Marrone's attention for a different reason. (photo: Tennessee Journalist, Flickr)

"The thing that concerned me -- and I addressed it with him right after he made a very good catch, then he kind of stood there over a player, and that’s a 15-yard penalty -- that's not what being a pro is, and that's not playing like a Buffalo Bill," Marrone said after the session, according to Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News.

"I told him, 'Is this going to be something we're going to have to be concerned about with handling any type of success from you?' That’s what I told him. I looked at him in his eye, and he understood that."

After a promising sophomore season at Tennessee in 2011 that saw him earn first team All-SEC honors, Rogers was suspended for failing multiple drug tests. He transferred to Tennessee Tech in 2012 and went on to catch 10 touchdowns and pass just as many drug tests before opting to go pro.

Despite his upside, the 6-foot-3, 208-pound wideout was passed over all three days of the NFL Draft and was eventually signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent.

He might have turned a corner during his final collegiate year, and Friday's little incident is certainly of the minor variety, but Rogers was on thin ice the second he was signed and would be best served going quietly about his business from here on out.

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