Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rogers a goner as Bills' CB corps gets healthy


Justin Rogers spent the early part of this season getting regularly abused by opposing quarterbacks, as the Buffalo Bills had no choice but to start Rogers in the absence of Stephon Gilmore, Ron Brooks and, at times, Leodis McKelvin.

Now that the Bills are much healthier at cornerback, they've decided to cut ties with the former seventh-rounder.

Buffalo announced Tuesday that it released Rogers, who hasn't seen the field the last six games after starting the first four and playing in spot time in the fifth.

The low point of Rogers' short season came when he was torched on a pair of deep touchdown passes by New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith in Week 3. According to Pro Football Focus, Rogers surrendered 24 receptions and five touchdowns, in his five appearances. In that Jets game alone, Rogers gave up nearly 250 yards to receivers he was covering.

He played in 13 games in 2011 and 16 in 2012, amassing 76 tackles, three interceptions and a dozen defensed passes in his two and a half years in Buffalo.

The Bills didn't make an immediate corresponding move regarding their 53-man roster but did swap a pair of practice squad cornerbacks, releasing Johnny Adams while signing Mario Butler.

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