All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.
17 • Eli Rogers, fifth-year wide receiver
Last year: Suffered a torn ACL during the 2017 playoffs. Re-signed with the Steelers on a one-year contract and was on the physically unable to perform list until December 15. Played the final three games of the season and then re-signed on a two-year deal this past offseason.
Stats: Caught 12 of 14 targets over the final three games of 2018 for 79 yards. In 2017, he caught 18 passes on 36 targets for 149 yards and a touchdown.
Forgot how strong of a route runner Eli Rogers is. Ability to stem his route to set up DBs, create space as he gets vertical. Teams want to roll coverage to AB and JuJu. Rogers is going to get open. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/nYNKIFAhWA
— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) December 27, 2018
— SteelVideos (@SteelBlitzburgh) January 2, 2019
Camp outlook: Rogers will be locked in a battle with Ryan Switzer for the top slot receiver spot.
There’s probably no one that can unseat one of those two in camp, but Diontae Johnson and Diontae Spencer will probably try.
Projected role: Rogers could go anywhere from a Week 1 starter to a surprise cut, depending on how camp goes. That’s how deep the Steelers are at receiver. But Rogers’ talent and familiarity with the system probably get him to not only the 53-man roster, but a helmet on most game days, as well.