Eli Rogers is once again a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, signing a one-year contract as training camp opens.
After tearing his ACL in the divisional round of the 2018 playoffs, Eli Rogers was playing a waiting game, waiting to get a new contract this offseason. After visiting with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this week, Rogers returned to Pittsburgh.
Today, after months of watching his rehab, the Steelers have re-signed the wide receiver to a one-year deal, according to Adam Schefter.
Rogers’ productivity has gone down over the last two seasons, but his role on the team is still important. With the additions of JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington, Rogers has fallen down the depth chart.
2018 should be a revamped year for the wide receiver, though. The team is dealing with a new group of receivers and with Rogers and Ben Roethlisberger’s chemistry, the two should find each other plenty of times this season.
This makes the position battle very interesting moving into training camp. Rogers and Justin Hunter will likely battle for the fourth receiver spot, but deciding if both will stay on the active roster may come down to the final week of camp.
Darrius Hayward-Bey and Quadree Henderson are also looking to see their names on the final 53-man roster. But with these two young receivers on the team, the Steelers will need to make some tough decisions on the direction they’re looking to go at wideout.
Rogers should return to camp this week. How much he’ll participate will have to do with the recovery level of his knee. If everything is good to go, we could see No. 17 on the field as early as next week. A big deal for the entire receiving core heading into training camp.
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