The 2017 season didn’t end the way Eli Rogers had hoped it would, but 2018 is off to a better start for him as he was signed on Wednesday, after missing the offseason. Rogers will open training camp on the Active/PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) List.
Rogers, who was slated to become a restricted free agent, is excited to be remaining with the team that originally signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2015.
“I love it here,” said Rogers. “It’s a family environment here. The way the guys work. And there are great people here.
“It’s also the best offense in the league. We have a bunch of great players around here. Everybody in the starting lineup is amazing, and the second team could be starters anywhere in the league.”
Rogers finished the 2017 season with 18 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown, while playing in 14 games with four starts. In his first three seasons in the NFL he has 66 receptions for 743 yards and four touchdowns, playing mainly as a slot receiver. He also has been an asset on special teams, returning 19 punts for 146 yards last season.
Rogers’ season ended in disappointing fashion when he suffered a torn ACL in the team’s AFC Divisional Round game against Jacksonville on Jan. 14. He underwent surgery and went through rehab all offseason.
“I am blessed to be here," said Rogers. "There is nothing I can complain about. I am good.”
To make room on the roster, the Steelers also waived/injured defensive back Trey Johnson.