Lions' Rogers Taking Nothing For Granted

Despite the rumors and the occasionally wild speculation, the Lions have hired a new coaching staff, completed their first minicamp of the season and wide receiver Charles Rogers is still on the roster

ALLEN PARK - Despite the rumors and the occasionally wild speculation, the Lions have hired a new coaching staff, completed their first minicamp of the season and wide receiver Charles Rogers is still on the roster.

And, although he isn't quite sure what to make of it -- or what to expect in the days and weeks ahead -- the former No. 2 pick in the draft is willing to take his chances with the Lions.

After missing most of his first two seasons because of broken collarbones and falling into disfavor with the previous coaching staff over a four-game drug suspension, Rogers isn't taking anything for granted, including a fresh start with the new staff headed by Rod Marinelli.

"I don't know, I don't know," Rogers said. "The only way I can see that is when the season rolls around if I'm out there getting my opportunity to play ball. Is it new? I don't know. Do they hold grudges? I don't know that either. All we can do is see about it."

He says he is doing what he can, however, to prove he is the playmaker the Lions sought when they took him high in the first round of the 2003 NFL draft.

He is participating in the off-season workouts and he has lost the weight that former coach Steve Mariucci asked him to gain.

I'm probably about 204 or 203," said Rogers, who still has a long, lean look as a 6-feet-4 receiver.

That is at least eight pounds lighter than the weight the previous staff wanted for Rogers, in hopes it would help him avoid additional injuries. He says the decision to get back to his more natural playing weight was entirely his own.

"Speed, man," he explained. "It's better for me, it's better for me personally, a better fit for me. Trying to play heavier wasn't my game. I play light. That's how I play, that's why I'm going to stick with what I do best."


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