There was not much of a question about the talent of rookie wide receiver Charles Rogers. While rumors circulated through the league prior to the NFL draft that Rogers could possibly be tainted goods, the Lions have been pleased with the rookie following the team's latest mini-camp.
"Charlie (Rogers) has been hampered a bit with a hamstring, but he has been putting in the time with the offense and is learning our offensive scheme daily," Steve Mariucci said. "The hamstring has slowed his on the field progress, we expect he will be ready to be a full-go when training camp starts next month. We haven't had any issues with Charlie, he has been everything we expected and we have high expectations for him."
With the Mariucci era in full bloom now in Detroit, there is the continuing situation concerning defensive tackle Shaun Rogers' status with the team. Rumors circulated prior to the NFL draft that Rogers was on the trading block, a rumor that gained stream when team Vice President Matt Millen openly discussed Rogers' weight and injury issues this spring.
According to a team source, Millen's position has not changed in regard to the massive defensive tackle.
"Right now, Millen has put the ball in Mariucci court to deal with Rogers, to see where he is conditioning wise, game wise, weight wise, and to measure his dedication," a team source said. "The Lions remain open to dealing Rogers, and in some circles here that is what is expected. Mariucci loves tough and physical defensive tackles, thus the reasoning why Rogers remains with us (the Lions) today."