With Antonio Brown coming off another dominant performance in Week 1, another young Steelers receiver could be the primary beneficiary. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who has done a tremendous job in Pittsburgh, is highly intrigued by the burgeoning talent of emerging receiver Eli Rogers, who is in line for an expanded role with the team, sources said.
Rogers, who was undrafted out of Louisville in 2015, has earned the trust of coaches and teammates. With receiver Martavis Bryant out for the season with a suspension, Rogers is gaining playing time and confidence.
“Haley loves this kid,” one member of the organization said. “He’s kind of been his pet project for a while now and I give him a lot of credit. He’s worked very closely with him and brought him along, and he really thinks he can be an impact guy.”
Rogers, who spent all of last season on injured reserve, made his NFL debut on Monday night, with six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown against Washington. The Steelers have had immense success with receivers not taken in the high rounds of the draft — going back to Mike Wallace, then Brown and Bryant — and this coaching staff’s ability to develop receivers cannot be understated.
With opposing defenses having to assign so much man power to defending Brown, Rogers is in position to shine. The Steelers would prefer not to have veteran running back DeAngelo Williams carry the ball as much as he did in Week 1, either, and I’d expect Haley to spread it out and attack the Bengals aggressively in the pass game Sunday.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Steelers’ Eli Rogers in line for an expanded role against the Bengals