Rogers is Digest Player of Week

Posted Aug 18, 2016

Two of Eli Rogers' four catches converted third-down situations.

Wide Receiver

The Steelers went to training camp at the end of July looking for someone to emerge as a slot receiver. They didn’t get a whole lot accomplished during this summer’s second preseason game – a 17-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Heinz Field – but they may have figured that out.

Eli Rogers spent a good bit of training camp endearing himself to both offensive coordinator Todd Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as a talented and reliable slot receiver, and against the Eagles he brought some of what he had been showing in practice to an actual game situation.

Rogers caught four passes for 39 yards, two of which converted third-down situations. He also had a 17-yard punt return and showed solid decision-making in terms of when to field the ball.

Eli Rogers is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

Also considered were punter Jordan Berry, who had his second strong out this preseason with a 51.0 average on his two punts; Montell Garner, who had five tackles and a forced fumble; Arthur Moats, who had the Steelers’ only sack; Doran Grant, who had one pass defensed and one fumble recovery; Al-Hajj Shabazz, who had four tackles and broke up a pass in the end zone; and Tyler Matakevich, who had five tackles, including one for loss.

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