By Adam Aniba
Undrafted rookie tight end Armani Rogers (CLICK for FULL Scouting Report) returns from IR, after suffering knee/ankle injuries in week 10 vs the Eagles. He was initially designated to return to practice on 12/29/22, but now he'll be available for the finale versus the Cowboys.
Rogers has recorded 64 yards receiving on 5 receptions (six targets) and 1 carry for 24 yards through 10 games. Although Logan Thomas, John Bates and Cole Turner will also be active vs Dallas, Rogers is the most versatile of the bunch and can be a factor on gadget plays. The former Ohio quarterback has lined up under center for the Commanders and was even used in the run game.
The former college quarterback has made a big impression on coaches/scouts, teammates and fans since his arrival to Washington.
Rogers has defied the odds as an undrafted free agent, who made the switch from QB to TE only a few months prior to the '22 NFL Draft and made Washington's 53-man roster.
Similar to Thomas (pre-injury), the former quarterback can be used in a variety of innovative ways. His athleticism is what initially jumps out, but his ability to separate and long speed are hard to ignore. In fact, the rookie registered a 4.58 forty-yard dash time at his college pro day, surprising scouts on hand.
Although the final game holds little meaning to most fans, the ability to see some of their promising rookies such as 5th rounder QB Sam Howell (CLICK for FULL Scouting Report) and 7th rounder G/T Chris Paul (CLICK for FULL Scouting Report) for the first time this season are key for self scouting. Add in the undrafted rookie tight end and the trio can be important pieces on offense to build on going forward.
Although Rogers has only touched the ball six total times this season, getting a deeper look at him him is imperative. Thomas is likely to be a cap causality and Bates/Turner are still relatively unknown commodities as pass catchers in the NFL.
Although the sample size is small, Howell should be able to utilize Rogers in the passing game vs Dallas and potentially develop some chemistry heading into the offseason.
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