(ALLEN PARK) -- Reports of wide receiver Charles Rogers being overweight and out of shape obviously were ill-founded.
At 6-feet-3 with an extremely slender build, Rogers has had problems putting on weight and -- after finally adding another 8-10 pounds -- he still looks fit and trim.
"We wanted to put some muscle on him and we have done that," coach Steve Mariucci said recently. "And we will continue to do that. As he runs more and continues to become more active, he will be more fit and he will drop more of those pounds."
Rogers missed all except the first three offensive plays of the 2004 NFL season with a broken collarbone, his second such injury in two years. As a result, he was restricted in what he could do until late into the year and early this year.
"I've been lifting a little bit more," Rogers said. "I've been at it longer than most people in the offseason. I've been at it since the end of 2004."
Rogers said he currently weights 218 pounds, approximately eight more than he weighed at the start of the 2004 season.
"I feel I had to make that adjustment," Rogers said. "When things don't go right, you try something a little different. The weight's holding up pretty good, my speed's still there so I think it was beneficial for me.
"As I get older and I've been in the league now for my third year, I think my body's maturing now into a complete receiver."
Rogers got off to a fast start with 22 receptions for 243 yards and three touchdowns in the first five games of his rookie season but he suffered his first broken collarbone in a bye week practice session and missed the final 11 games of 2003. He suffered a similar break -- inches from the original break -- diving for a pass on the third play of the season opener in 2004.
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