When Eli Rogersreturned late in the 2018 season, he didn't get too many chances to show why the Steelers kept him while he recovered from an long-term knee injury. Now, Rogers returns with competition at his position that could push him off the depth chart, but I'm here to break down why that won't be so easy.
Rogers went from playing in 14 games in 2017 to just three in 2018. His injury opened the door for Ryan Switzerto make a name for himself as the team's undersized and often overlooked slot receiver. Rogers came back and posted 12 catches on 14 targets for 79 yards and a two-point conversion.
Rogers isn't tall, fast or elite in any regard, but his rapport with Ben Roethlisbergerhas been a big reason he's stuck around since 2016. When Rogers would make mistakes in training camp, you could see Roethlisberger working closer with him than other receivers. The two have connected in some tight spots for the team over the years, and that shouldn't be overlooked.