Eli Rogers – Wide Receiver
One of the biggest surprises about the Cleveland Browns on cut day was their decision to cut both Derrick Willies and Braxton Miller. By cutting both wide receivers, the Browns are left relatively thin at wide receiver, keeping only five active receivers with Antonio Callaway suspended.
The Browns are expected to look to build depth at the position because of the questions behind the top-three receivers on the depth chart. If they want a player who has made some plays on offense but also have a role on special teams, they could take a look at Eli Rogers.
Rogers missed most of the 2018 season after recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the 2017 playoffs. In three games last season, Rogers caught 12 passes for 79 yards. In his career, Rogers has caught 78 receptions for 822 yards and four touchdowns. He has a career catch percentage of 67.2 percent.
He also was a punt returner for the Steelers in 2016 and 2017, returning 26 punts for 191 yards, with his longest return going for 27 yards.
During the preseason, Rogers caught four passes for 52 yards. He also returned one punt, taking it 10 yards.
Rogers was a reliable player in the slot for the Steelers in 2016, but lost his presence in the offense in 2017 with the emergence of JuJu Smith-Schuster. Even though it has been a couple of seasons since his best season, Rogers has shown he can make plays.
The Browns could use another young veteran presence at the bottom of their wide receiver depth chart who can have a presence on the offense and on special teams. Rogers may not be the biggest name on the market, but he could play a useful role for Cleveland.