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October 22, 2019 10:00 PM
Eli Rogers: Auditioning with Texans
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Rogers is working out for the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Rogers' tryout with Houston comes in the wake of Will Fuller exiting Sunday's loss to the Colts with a hamstring injury. The 26-year-old wideout spent the last three seasons with the Steelers, and his experience, which includes returning punts, could make him a valuable depth option.

October 8, 2019 09:36 PM
Eli Rogers: Gets tryout
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Rogers worked out for the Ravens on Monday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.

Rogers was unable to make the Steelers out of camp, but as evidenced by this news, he's getting some looks elsewhere. The 26-year-old could be a prime depth receiver or practice squad option and is coming off a modest 12-catch season in 2018.

September 1, 2019 11:20 AM
Eli Rogers: Let go by Pittsburgh
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Pittsburgh cut Rogers on Saturday, Teresa Varley of reports.

The veteran wide receiver and kick returner was a longshot to make the team after the Steelers drafted Diontae Johnson and signed free agent Donte Moncrief, but he could still be back when teams are allowed to add 10 players to the practice squad beginning at 12 noon on Sunday.

August 31, 2019 03:28 AM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Quiet outing in preseason finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rogers caught one of two targets for 10 yards in Thursday night's 25-19 preseason loss to the Panthers.

This was a forgettable preseason for Rogers, with Pittsburgh taking a long look at Johnny Holton, Diontae Johnson and others in an extremely deep corps of wide receivers. The Steelers also gave extended looks to Johnson and Diontae Spencer at punt returner, leaving Rogers' future with the team in question.

June 21, 2019 05:08 PM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Not guaranteed roster spot
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Rogers is likely competing with Ryan Switzer for the final receiver spot on the roster, Bob Labriola of reports.

Even with the loss of Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh has several talented options at wide receiver, led by JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, free agent Donte Moncrief and rookie Diontae Johnson. Rogers and Switzer add depth at the position and can return punts, although Switzer also has experience returning kickoffs. It is unlikely the Steelers have room on the roster for both, so it will be interesting to follow this competition during training camp.

March 14, 2019 02:16 PM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Returns to Pittsburgh
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Rogers re-signed with the Steelers on a two-year deal Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Rogers began the 2018 season on the PUP list due to both a one-game suspension and recovery from a major knee injury. He was back for the last three games of the season, however, where he recorded 12 catches on 14 targets over that span. While the Louisville product still must climb his way back up the depth chart, it's worth noting that 168 targets that went to Antonio Brown last season are now up for grabs after the star wideout was traded to Oakland just days earlier. Pittsburgh ended up bolstering the position with the signing of Donte Moncrief, but nonetheless, Rogers is heading into his age-26 season facing what could be his best opportunity for production in his time as a Steeler.

December 30, 2018 09:16 PM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Career-high seven catches in win
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Rogers caught seven of nine targets for 57 yards and ran once for minus four yards during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.

A restricted free agent Rogers spent most of the season on the PUP list, finishing the 2018 season with 12 catches (on 14 targets) for 79 yards and no touchdowns in three games. The rushing attempt against the Bengals was his first this season. His four-year career has been marred by injuries causing him to miss more games (34) than those he has played (30) and will face stiff competition regardless of the team he plays for in 2019.

December 24, 2018 01:36 AM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: One catch in loss
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Rogers caught his lone target for two yards during Sunday's 31-28 loss to New Orleans.

This was only Rogers' second game this season and he has just five receptions for 22 yards heading into Week 17. The Steelers need to win against the Bengals and have the Browns defeat the Ravens to get in to the postseason. Expect Ben Roethlisberger to continue to focus on Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, making Rogers and most other Pittsburgh receivers poor fantasy options.

December 16, 2018 09:00 PM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Active in season debut
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Rogers brought in all four of his targets for 20 yards in the Steelers' 17-10 win over the Patriots on Sunday.

Just activated off the PUP list Saturday, the Steelers wasted no time getting Rogers involved. The third-year wideout hauled in a four-yard pass to move the chains on third down on Pittsburgh's first series, and he ended up making another grab in the drive. Rogers could play an important secondary receiver role over the final two games of the season and into the postseason, but he'll have competition for targets from rookie James Washington and Ryan Switzer.

December 15, 2018 03:36 PM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Activated off PUP list
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Rogers (knee) has been activated off the PUP list, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

It's unlikely Rogers has much of an impact on Sunday's contest against the Patriots, but it's encouraging to see the wide receiver healthy after tearing his ACL during the 2017 playoffs. Rogers is expected to slot in behind the likes of Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ryan Switzer, James Washington and Darrius Heyward-Bey on the depth chart.

December 13, 2018 04:44 PM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Uncertain for Week 15
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Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said Thursday that Rogers (knee) looks "healthy" since returning to practice Nov. 28, but he wouldn't commit to the receiver being activated from the PUP list ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

NFL rules afford teams 21 days to evaluate players on the PUP list or injured reserve for a return to the roster once they resume practicing, so the Steelers can wait until at least Dec. 19 before a decision on Rogers' status is made. However, the team might have some extra incentive to add another receiver to the ranks in advance of a Week 15 matchup that projects as an offensive shootout. Given Rogers' lengthy layoff, it's unlikely the Steelers would count on him to play significant snaps if activated, but the 25-year-old could eventually unseat Ryan Switzer as the team's primary slot man once his conditioning is no longer a concern.

November 29, 2018 06:04 PM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Returns to practice
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Rogers (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, opening a 21-day window for the Steelers to add him to the 53-man roster.

Working his way back from an ACL tear suffered during the 2017 postseason, Rogers needs to be activated or placed on injured reserve by Dec. 19. He recorded 48 catches for 593 and three touchdowns on 66 targets (9.0 YPT) back in 2016, then slipped to an 18-149-1 receiving line on 36 targets (4.1 YPT) last season. It isn't clear where Rogers would fit in an offense that already has JuJu Smith-Schuster and Ryan Switzer doing good work out of the slot.

September 2, 2018 11:16 AM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Staying on PUP list
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Rogers (knee, suspension) will start the regular season on the PUP list, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

This was always the most likely outcome given that Rogers suffered a torn ACL during last year's playoffs. He'll serve a one-game suspension while he's on the PUP list and will be eligible to return to action once the Steelers come out of a Week 7 bye. The 25-year-old slot receiver profiles as Pittsburgh's fourth or fifth option at wide receiver, but injuries could open up a role in the offense by the time he's ready to play in games.

September 1, 2018 05:08 PM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Expected to begin season on PUP
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Rogers (ACL/suspension) will likely begin 2018 on the PUP list, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Rogers is suspended for the first game of the season and has yet to practice as he continues to recover from a torn ACL, so the move wouldn't be a surprising one. If that's indeed the case, Rogers would be eligible to rejoin the team after a Week 7 bye.

August 21, 2018 04:48 PM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Suspended one game
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Rogers (knee) has been suspended for one game for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Given that he's still on the PUP list while recovering from an ACL tear suffered in January, the 25-year-old slot receiver should be able to serve his suspension before he's even ready to play in a game. Rogers caught 18 passes while serving as the Steelers' No. 4 receiver for most of last season, but he made a strong impression in 2016 with 48 catches for 594 yards and three touchdowns on only 66 targets. The Steelers probably hope to keep him in a depth role again, with the possibility for more regular work if Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster or James Washington misses time.

August 2, 2018 10:56 AM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Completes sprints Wednesday
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Rogers (knee) was spotted running sprints on the sideline during the Steelers' practice Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

After re-signing with Pittsburgh on July 25, Rogers was immediately placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list while he continues to recover from the ACL tear he suffered in mid-January. His presence on the field running in a straight line marks significant progress, but there weren't any signs of Rogers incorporating any change-of-direction work during the session. His availability for the start of the regular season remains a question mark.

July 26, 2018 02:40 PM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Heading to PUP list
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Rogers (knee) will be placed on the Steelers' Physically Unable to Perform list, Ray Fittipaldo of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

This news came just hours after Rogers re-signed with the Steelers, who will evaluate where he is in his rehabilitation from January ACL surgery. Once he's cleared, he'll compete for depth slotting behind starting wideouts Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

July 25, 2018 06:04 PM
Steelers' Eli Rogers: Re-signing with Pittsburgh
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Rogers (knee) agreed Wednesday to re-sign with the Steelers on a one-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

While he was still recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus suffered last January, Rogers visited with the Chiefs and Browns earlier this week. He ultimately decided to give it another shot in Pittsburgh, where he caught on as an undrafted rookie in 2015, then broke out for 594 receiving yards as the team's primary slot receiver in 2016. Rogers dropped off to 149 receiving yards last year while serving as the No. 4 receiver and punt returner, but he could eventually make another push for the No. 3 job if rookie second-round pick James Washington struggles or the Steelers lose Antonio Brown or JuJu Smith-Schuster to injury. Given the timing of his knee injury, Rogers probably won't be ready for games any sooner than October or November. He's a strong candidate to start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

July 24, 2018 10:32 PM
Eli Rogers: Ready to visit Browns
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Rogers (knee) left Kansas City without a contract and will now visit the Browns, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Still rehabbing from Jan. 17 surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus, Rogers initially was expected to re-sign with the Steelers but is instead weighing offers from multiple teams. He faces an uphill battle to be ready for Week 1 -- and perhaps an even tougher battle to earn a meaningful role wherever he ends up signing. The 25-year-old slot receiver averaged 9.0 yards per target on 66 looks in 2016, but he dropped off to 4.2 YPT on 36 chances last year.

July 19, 2018 04:08 PM
Eli Rogers: Expects to sign soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rogers (knee) suggested Wednesday on his personal Twitter account that he's nearly recovered from a torn ACL and that he expects to sign with a team in the near future.

Rogers tore the ACL in his right knee during Pittsburgh's playoff loss to the Jaguars in January and underwent surgery immediately afterward. Though he's only six months removed from the procedure, it sounds as though he expects to receive full medical clearance from doctors in the coming days. Due to the severe nature of his injury and his underwhelming production with the Steelers in 2017 (18 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown in 14 regular-season contests), Rogers will likely have to settle for a one-year, prove-it deal with little guaranteed money no matter where he ultimately lands.


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