When Da’Rick Rogers joined the Colts on September 2, his first quarterback wasn’t the guy whose jersey will be found on hundreds of people Sunday inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
Instead, Rogers was catching balls from a player with 15 years of NFL experience and 152 starts at the quarterback position.
“Hasselbeck is a good guy. He’s a veteran in the league and he just really, really helped me on being a professional,” Rogers says.
“When I wasn’t getting the real reps with the 1’s, we’d be on the sideline going over stuff. In the locker room, we would be going over how to be a professional, how to stay on this team, how to make a living in the NFL. He’s been big for my growth here.”
Hasselbeck points to one key area where Rogers has particularly developed over the past three months.
“Where have I seen him improve is I’ve seen him accept that coaching, understanding that he needs to get open within the concept of the play and what we are trying to do,” Hasselbeck says.
“For example in the game last week, his first touchdown was him doing it exactly the way the coaches wanted him to and then once the ball is in his hands he can do it however he wants to.”
It’s the reps that Rogers and LaVon Brazill received from the Colts veteran backup that are turning into concrete results on Sunday.
Hasselbeck wants to be careful not to put too much pressure on the young receivers.
He knows the playmaking ability is there and now it’s all about repetition.
“Those two young guys, we just need them to be pros, know their job and do their job. When the ball comes their way, make a play. That’s it.
“They don’t have to have a highlight reel each week. They just have to be consistent.”
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