Rogers faces serious competition for snaps after the Colts used a second-round pick on Parris Campbell, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports. Rogers caught 73.6 percent of his targets last season, but he managed just 9.2 yards per catch with a long gain of 34. The lack of explosiveness is notable even for a slot specialist, whereas Campbell can bring 4.31 speed to the same role after scoring 12 touchdowns his senior season at Ohio State. On the other hand, Rogers has a clear advantage in terms of experience and route-running polish, so it won't come as any surprise if he holds down the slot job for another year. Either way, the Indianapolis passing game will continue to run through T.Y. Hilton (ankle) and the tight ends.
Rogers has signed his restricted free agent tender, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Indianapolis tendered Rogers at the second-round level, paying him $3.1 million for 2019 with the chance to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. He spent 2018 working as the team's top slot receiver and punt returner, catching 53 of 72 targets (73.6 percent) for 485 yards (6.7 per target) and two touchdowns in 16 games. The 25-year-old should face competition for snaps in training camp, but he's still the favorite to handle slot work in three-wide sets. Of course, the Colts likely will use more formations with multiple tight ends in 2019 if both Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle (hip) can stay healthy.
The Colts are slated to extend a tender to Rogers, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports. A restricted free agent, Rogers served as the veritable No. 2 wide receiver behind T.Y. Hilton last season. While he averaged 9.2 YPC and 6.7 YPT and scored just two touchdowns, Rogers hauled in 53 of his 72 targets, which was good for a 73.6 percent catch rate. Assuming he sticks with the Colts, he'll have additional competition at the position in the form of Devin Funchess, who is expected to become Rogers' teammate once the new league year begins Wednesday.
Rogers recorded 485 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 53 catches while playing in all 16 regular-season games in 2018. Rogers had his best season as a pro in 2018, setting career highs in snaps, targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. He operated as the team's No. 4 option at wide receiver but often was bumped up on the depth chart due to injuries at the position. Looking ahead to 2019, Rogers will be a restricted free agent and could swap teams during the offseason. Wherever he ends up playing, he'll likely see a similar role as a No. 3 or 4 wide receiver, which limits his fantasy potential.
Rogers caught all seven of his targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-27 win over the Giants. Rogers' one-yard touchdown catch with under a minute remaining was the game-winner for the Colts. The 24-year-old saw his highest target and yardage totals, along with his first touchdown, since Week 6. GIven that he hasn't been very consistent over those ten weeks, it will again be tough to rely on him Week 17 at Tennessee.
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|1||09/08||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|5||10/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|14||12/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|15||12/17||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
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