Rogers caught all four of his targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 37-5 win over the Bills. Rogers actually led the Colts in receiving yards, but he didn't catch any of the four touchdown passes among quarterback Andrew Luck's 23 passing attempts. He's clearly a notch below T.Y. Hilton in the wide receiver pecking order, but Rogers has shown some nice chemistry with Luck ahead of the team's Week 8 trip to Oakland.
Rogers is expected to retain a role in both two- and three-receiver formations in Week 7 against the Bills with Ryan Grant (ankle) ruled out, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports. Rogers has drawn double-digit targets in three straight weeks, collecting 20 receptions for 206 yards and a touchdown over that span. The absence of a key wideout in Grant should again open up plenty of snaps for Rogers, but his involvement in the passing game could still trend downward with top receiver T.Y. Hilton cleared to return from a two-game hiatus. Game flow may also hinder Rogers' usage, as his target total may have been artificially inflated by the Colts having played from behind each of the past three weeks. The Colts are one of the biggest favorites on the board in Week 7 while hosting a 2-4 Buffalo squad that's breaking in a new quarterback in Derek Anderson.
Rogers caught four of 10 targets for 55 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 42-34 loss to the Jets. Rogers scored his first touchdown of the season in the game's closing moments, a pass that also put him in double-digit targets for the third consecutive week. Rogers is no doubt building a rapport with Andrew Luck, but -- considering T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) has been out for all or part of all three games -- it is hard to accurately gauge Rogers' progress. No matter where Rogers is on the pecking order, or whether Hilton plays or not, Sunday offers a challenge against a Bills defense surrendering just 225 passing yards per game, among the best in the league.
Rogers brought in eight of 11 targets for 66 yards in the Colts' 38-24 loss to the Patriots on Thursday. He also returned two punts for 38 yards. Rogers saw an expanded role with T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) out of action, and the fact Jack Doyle (hip) remained sidelined didn't hurt his cause either. The 24-year-old now has 11 targets in each of the last two games, with Hilton's time on the sideline playing a large part in that elevated volume. Despite the encouraging pair of performances, Rogers could go back to a role akin to the one he saw over the first three weeks of the season (eight catches on 10 targets for 49 yards) if both Hilton and Doyle are back for a Week 6 battle against the Jets.
Rogers and Ryan Grant will serve as the Colts' top two wide receivers while T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is out for Thursday's game in New England, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports. The injury-riddled Colts may have trouble keeping up with New England, but the matchup should at least be favorable for Andrew Luck's passing volume. Rogers capitalized in a similar spot last week, catching eight of 11 targets for 85 yards and a two-point conversion in a 37-34 overtime loss to the Texans. Zach Pascal and Marcus Johnson may also handle significant roles, but Rogers and Grant are the safer bets to capture Luck's attention in Week 5.
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