Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Eli Rogers, provided the team’s official website with an update on how his ACL injury is healing. Take a look below.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had high hopes for former Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Eli Rogers; however, an ACL injury suffered in the team’s playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars gives us some doubt about his football future. With the team hitting a home-run with JuJu Smith-Schuster in the 2017 NFL Draft, it seems Rogers’ time in Pittsburgh is getting a little bit hazy.
Still, Rogers possesses an interesting dynamic at the slot position for the Steelers. He’s quick, athletic and young, but also provides solid depth on special-teams. I don’t think Pittsburgh will replace Rogers before the 2018 season begins, but we all need to understand his ACL injury makes everything a little more complicated.
Nevertheless, it sounds like Rogers’ offseason physical therapy is helping him get back into the game physically and mentally.
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Take a look at this quote from Rogers, according to Teresa Varley from the Steelers official website:
"“It’s going great,” said Rogers. “They are saying I am ahead of schedule. I am coming in every day and getting better, mentally too. I push myself every day. It’s tough in the offseason, you want guys around and camaraderie and the energy, it’s always great to be around other people. They motivate you. But I have worked on my own before, and I don’t mind that. I train by myself.“I am blessed to be here. There is nothing I can complain about. I am good.”"
As a restricted free agent, this is great news for everyone in Rogers’ camp. The Steelers still have rights to him, but always have the option to let him test the free agent waters if they aren’t happy with his offseason progress.
Needless to say, going into a year with a new offensive coordinator, even though he’s familiar with the team, I believe it’s best for everyone if Rogers comes back to play another season in the black and gold.