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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Rogers looks bad in workout

As you all know, Charles Rogers came in for a workout Tuesday with much promise, great credentials, and lots of optimism.

Then he laid an egg.

My source tells me the guy looked, well, not good.

The Dolphins were willing to give him a contract offer on the spot if Rogers had looked impressive. There was a lot of hope Rogers would use the opportunity to show off his once-awesome promise that made him the second player taken in the 2003 draft.

But right there in front of Nick Saban, who recruited Rogers out of high school, Bobby Williams, who coached Rogers at Michigan State, and Charlie Baggett, who was the receivers coach at Michigan State early in Rogers career, there was nothing but disappointment among the onlookers.

All were hoping to see a spark of the talent Rogers showed for the Spartans. But it simply wasn't there.

"We have not made a decision on whether to sign Charles Rogers at this time," coach Nick Saban said on his radio show, which had me as a guest host tonight.

What he didn't say is that with several collarbone injuries, a questionable work ethic, and a four-game drug suspension on his resume, an impressive workout was last thing Rogers needed. If he had looked good, the Dolphins would have signed him on the spot.

Instead they told Rogers to work at getting better, get in great shape, work on his game, and they would call him if they needed him. They won't call unless there is some dire need.


Blogger DwinkinAle said...

Wow. That really is dissapointing. Rogers was the man a couple of years back. It's a shame his career has taken this turn. Hope he can kick the injury bug and turn around his work ethic. Just a true waste of talent.

1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll be fine with Chambers, Booker, Hagan, Welker, & McMichael. Lets go ahead and let that group gel without any "outside" distractions. No more signings now that the season has started, please.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Phunwin said...

Well, it's official: Rogers is now a certified bust (before he was just a bust, now he's certified). I, among others, was hoping that he'd show something and that maybe he could put his past behind him and blossom in Miami.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, Charles Rogers isn't the same since broke two of his collar bones. I wonder if the Titanium plates on both of his collarbones are effecting him?

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could be the Pot that is affecting him more...

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Rogers can play corner. ;)

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To bad for Rogers, its a shame to see him waste away. Just goes to show how tough it is in the NFL. A stud a few years back in college and now a nothing in the NFL

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Randy said...

armando....why are the fins looking at signing rogers or any other WR anyway? were they just hoping he was so good it would be worth their while, or do they really believe they need more depth at the position?

8:08 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Randy, both. You gotta admit the idea of signing a 25-year-old guy who was the second pick in the draft four years ago is pretty inviting. So the Dolphins took a look to see if he's better than Cliff Russell.

Also, the Dolphins were not too happy when they looked around in the first half of the Pittsburgh game and saw Marty Booker with little birdies flying around his head and out of the game.

If Booker or Chambers get hurt, who steps up long term? Russell? Marcus Vick? The Dolphins wouldn't mind improving the bottom of their receiver corps and will continue to look around to do that.

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was his workout worse than Craphonso Thorpe's? Also is there any chance we could be signing Joseph Jefferson? He seems like a physical corner who could supplant Lehan or Jackson.

3:52 AM  

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