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Published on 11/26/2008 at Wed Nov 26 08:38.
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Roderick Rogers (Getty Images)

It’s been a whirlwind month for safety Roderick Rogers. A practice squad team member for the Broncos through the first nine weeks of this season, Rogers was signed to the active roster on November 4th. A few weeks later, Rogers was making his first career start against the Oakland Raiders.

That one start was all Rogers got – the Denver Broncos announced that they released the second-year player on Tuesday.

Quite simply, Mike Shanahan said he was looking for someone to step up at the safety position, and gave Rogers that shot. Rogers didn’t take advantage. “We are looking for a difference maker at the safety position. Someone who can run, support the run and also cover the pass. Those guys are hard to find, but we will keep on giving people opportunities until we find someone who steps up and takes advantage of it.”

It’s the cruel, cold business side of the NFL. Do I like it? Not one bit. Let’s stop fumbling in the dark looking for answers and just stick to our guns – leave Marlon McCree (once healthy) or Calvin Lowry in there and leave them in there. Enough is enough. Maybe they’ll, I don’t know, IMPROVE, just a bit, as time goes on. Better than signing and releasing players left and right.

Press release, in all its three-sentence glory, after the jump.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday waived safety Roderick Rogers, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Rogers, a second-year player from the University of Wisconsin, saw time in Denver’s last three games (1 start) and posted six tackles (4 solo) on defense along with two special-teams stops. He spent the first nine weeks of the season on the Broncos’ practice squad before he was signed to their active roster on Nov. 4.

  • Thomas

    Eh, I feel bad for the guy, but the move was definitely something that needed to be done. Manuel is next.

  • precisiontint

    I don’t think anyone will get any better at the position because the starter is switched every week. Let’s go see what Brett Farve thinks about the next one up. All Ready!

  • broncofan

    we cut this guy after one start….but we keep manuel , who has been playing terrible all season, he cant tackle and cant play in pass coverage…the thing that kills me is how a lot these guys on defense(manuel definately one of them) love to tackle up top, the player gets an extra 5 yards before he is brought down

  • (stuck in) raiderland

    Shanny has become less patient with his safeties than he is with his defensive coordinators… a pretty low bar to begin with. Yeeesh. Hiring and firing and hiring and firing does not make for a happy locker room, and even less so for a sucessful team.

  • TD30isMVP

    I agree, pick two players and keep them in there so they have time to find their groove instead of worrying about their jobs. The hitting up high thing is league wide, I try to coach the kids to form tackle but they see the pro’s going for the shoulder pads all the time or not wrapping up…ridiculous to be paid millions for being an athlete instead of a football player.

  • http://broncotalk Jeff

    Please god (a name shanny probably answers to) draft Taylor Mays!

  • Joe

    I hope Taylor Mays will still be available by the time Denver makes their first pick in this years draft!!!!