Zach Rogers is an UDFA (Undrafted Free Agent) wide receiver signee, coming out of the University of Tennessee. Rogers landed onto the Jets squad after the signing of many other UDFA's. Scouts have praised Rogers for his play at Tennessee, some even expected him to get drafted. Although Zach Rogers wasn't a big time breakout player at UT, he was arguably the most consistent receiver on the team. Even alongside receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter.
Let's start with criticism...
Rogers is no doubt one of the smaller guys at receiver (6', 182 lbs). This could be the "life and death" of a career. Smaller guys coming across the middle of the gridiron may lead to the bigger, huskier linebackers licking their chops for a meal. Size does matter in some cases on the field, and it can be the difference of a few extra yards, or getting the wind knocked out of your chest. Being a wideout may not be in the future for Rogers, but if he were to take over a slot position in the near future, the offense will have a weapon in the making.
Strength is also questionable, but this is always a skill a player can improve on in the weight room. Strength determines if a player can handle the upcoming block. This would definitely need to be improved on by Zach Rogers if he were to make the team. A team can never have enough run support. (More after the jump...)
Still, Rogers is a great pick-up for the Green and White.
Skip to about 1:29 for an awesome route and catch by Rogers.
A quarterback of any accuracy would love to have Rogers on his team. Zach Rogers has a knack of putting his body on the line for any kind of ball near him. Behind, below, above---you can be sure that this receiver will not give up a play.
Some receiver's tend to drop the ball after getting met with a big hit. This is not the case for our UDFA. Zach possesses the courage, willingness, and hands to hang onto the ball after taking a hit. Awareness is at the top of the level and proven to be a great asset for a receiver of his stature.
JetNation should look forward to Rogers lighting up linebackers with his mobility. Big time speed isn't the case here for Rogers, but I wouldn't be surprised if he manages to get past defenses.
Finally, I think that it would be wise for the Jets to hang onto Zach Rogers, assuming all remains the same from here on out. Rogers will make a workable slot receiver in the present, and hopefully turn into a playmaker in the future. Not many players put their body on the line like Rogers does, especially with his kind of hands. If the Jets do not keep Rogers on the squad, I, along with many that have watched him, will be very disappointed.