Bills sign former Tennessee Tech WR Da’Rick Rogers
Da’Rick Rogers himself broke the news on Twitter, hours after the final round of the 2013 NFL draft concluded on Saturday.
"I'm a Buffalo Bill," Da’Rick Rodgers tweeted on Saturday night.
As a sophomore, Da’Rick Rodgers was an All-SEC, catching 67 passes for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns for the Tennessee Volunteers in the 2011 season. However, prior to the 2012 season, Da’Rick Rodgers was suspended by Tennessee for violation of the team policy. Four days after the suspension, Da’Rick Ross transferred to Tennessee Tech to complete his collegiate career.
In a news conference that year, Da’Rick Rodgers acknowledged that his suspension by Tennessee stemmed from issues over "a couple of drug tests.”
He went on to finish his lone season at Tennessee Tech with 61 catches for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games, which included 18 passes for 303 yards in a 41-38 double-overtime loss to Southeast Missouri State during 2012.
Da’Rick Rodgers also has a prior arrest in 2010 on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after a brawl in a Knoxville bar. However, the charges were later dropped after Da’Rick Ross completed 16-hour community service.
The 21-year-old Da’Rick Rodgers was still expected to have talent to come off the boards during the 2013 NFL draft. But whatever other teams’ concerns were regarding Da’Rick Rodgers’ off-field incidents, thet was significant that he went undrafted this weekend while it didn’t affect Tyrann Mathieu’s draft stock expect him dropping several spot in the draft, despite facing making similar off-field headlines.
The Buffalo Bills, who let receivers David Nelson and Donald Jones walkaway during free agency also selected two other players at the position during the NFL draft – USC’s Robert Woods (2nd round) and Texas’ Marquis Goodwin (4th round).