Roethlisberger Indicates Rogers Might Be More Involved Against Lions

During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicted that rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was currently in concussion protocol due to him reporting symptoms after Sunday’s home win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

While it’s probably too early to speculate about whether or not Smith-Schuster will ultimately be healthy enough to play in the teams Sunday night road game against the Detroit Lions, if he winds up sitting, fellow wide receiver Eli Rogers would figure to receive even more playing time in his absence.

On Wednesday, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked about Rogers and specifically if he thinks the former undrafted free agent out of Louisville has responded well to his two-game benching earlier this season.

“Absolutely,” Roethlisberger said. “He always works hard, but worked his butt off and has continued to work hard to get out there. And [I’m] enjoying seeing kind of the resurgence of him and I think we’ll see some stuff this week as well.”

Tomlin also said during his Tuesday press conference that he’s liked what he’s seen out of Rogers recently.

“I like the work that he has done,” said Tomlin. “That’s another guy that has been doing really well at practice and really focused and I am excited about him getting an opportunity whether JuJu is available or not. I like the overall trajectory of his game, particularly in recent weeks.”

After catching 48 passes for 594 yards and three touchdowns last season, Rogers has only caught 7 passes for 64 yards in the five games he’s dressed for so far this season.

By the sound of things, Rogers figures to get a few more targets Sunday night against the Lions regardless of whether or not Smith-Schuster ultimately plays and it’s important that he takes advantage of any opportunities he might get in that contest.

  • John

    Justin Hunter might be more involved too at the expense of Martavis Bryant.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Rumor is Martavis was demoted to practicing with the scout team.

  • Sam Clonch

    Anxious to see the injury report. Hoping JJSS and VM are able to overcome their boo boos.

  • EdJHJr

    Who is tackle eligible. Does he want more passes thrown to him too

  • ryan72384

    Hard to believe Eli caught almost 50 passes last year. Had an early catch last Sunday made a nice move and I think he picked up a first down and never saw the ball again lol. I thought JuJu would be better than Eli immediately but I still think Eli could be a part of the offense especially on those third downs that we can’t convert. He has quickness and sure hands for short intermediate routes and. It’s not surprising that they can’t find a way to get him involved though.

  • Chad Weiss

    I like the idea of brown and juju on outside and Rogers in the slot anyway. Bryant better watch out because if those three play well together he might be riding the bench longer than he aanticipated

  • francesco

    I’ll believe this when I see it. Eli was targeted only once last week?!

  • Michael Conrad

    I agree we need more from Rogers. Those three yard passes add up.

  • Rotten Sircus

    I want to see what Justin Hunter can do ! He & Martavis are identical in size, speed & weight ! Eli is a baller ( IMO ) but he’s a slot receiver !!! Things could get really interesting if we beat the Lions without Martavis …can’t wait for Sunday !!!

  • Work Toward

    Maybe Ben will play with some energy… We’ll see what type of coverage AB receives and then we can measure MB impact.

  • Work Toward

    Ben is Dunkin up everyone’s fantasy money…