Now that it's looking more and more like we'll have some kind of regular season (pleasepleaseplease - I HOPE!) this seems like the perfect time to take a closer look at the man and speculate as to what type of impact he will have on the Saints 2011 defense.
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So far on CSC, we've had Dave's announcement of the Rogers signing (linked to above), the Jason La Canfora tweet about him turning down more money in order to play for the Saints, and Andrew's juge story (or Andrew Juge's story, that's not actually so huge - nine paragraphs) on whether Rogers would actually be an upgrade over Remi Ayodele.
That's it. Other than a few fanposts/fanshots and some comments that mention him, we haven't looked into his history and stats to surmise and predict what we think he'll actually do for our defense.
That ends now.
Shaun "Big Baby" Rogers was originally a second-round draft choice (61st overall) of the Detroit Lions in 2001. (FunFact: Coming out of the U of Texas, Rogers played alongside Casey Hampton.) Rogers was with Detroit until getting traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2008. He spent three seasons in Cleveland, and following a mostly forgettable 2010 season, he was released in February of 2011, and then signed with the Saints in early March.
The asterisks below indicate that Rogers made the Pro Bowl in the 2004, 2005, and 2008 seasons. He made second team All-Pro in 2004. source
Here are his career stats (from pro-football reference.com):
Recent injury history shows that he broke his leg and went on IR on November 30, 2009, and then missed 2010 training camp while on the PUP list with a leg injury. source
Fantasy Sports Services provided this scouting report on his sbnation profile page:
Simply massive. A powerhouse in the middle: handles double-teams well, stuffs the run, and excels at shedding blockers. Collapses the pocket with a quick first step despite his size, can slice into the backfield, and will get a few sacks. Possesses some leadership qualities.
Tends to get heavy and must keep his weight down. Occasionally depends too heavily on his talent & size, and loses leverage. Durability is an increasing issue with age.
Additionally, his wikipedia page cites a mixed bag of off-field situations:
In June 2007, Rogers was accused of sexually assaulting an exotic dancer. Charges were never filed due to lack of evidence.
On April 1, 2010, Rogers was arrested at Cleveland Hopkins Airport for having a loaded gun in his carry on luggage.
On July 15, 2010, Rogers was commended for nabbing a drunk driver in the Cleveland area.
Rogers did not attend the Saints unofficial team workouts this offseason, and we really haven't heard much from him since he was signed, but here's a short video that surfaced this week of him working out at something called plex:
The latest rotoworld info on Rogers (March 22):
Coach Sean Payton envisions Shaun Rogers as more of a nose tackle than a three-technique tackle.
Rogers would seem more suited to the three-technique considering his ability to collapse the pocket, but the Saints will keep Sedrick Ellis in that role. Rogers will eat into Remi Ayodele's snaps instead.
So, he's had some good years, some not-so-good years, and he's not really been in the news lately. (Well, there was this recently warmed over re-hash of a re-hash of who offered him $6 million in March.) He's a 6' 4", 350-lb 32-year old DL with some attitude issues in the past, whose nickname is "Big Baby".
What do you think we have in Shaun Rogers?
Will he be motivated to work hard all the time and be a major disruptive force in the opposing backfield for GW? Will he be able to get by with part-time effort? Will he stay healthy enough to play much for us?
Lots of questions, much room for speculation. Let's hear from you...see you in the comment section!
HansDat would like to thank Stujo4 for the inspiration for this story...