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Decatur’s Rogers signs with Lions, writes online training camp diary

By COLE COSGROVE

Sports editor

The Detroit Lions professional football team announced July 18 that they signed rookie offensive tackle Victor Rogers of Federal Way. No terms of the contract were disclosed.

Rogers is keeping an on-line diary of his experience as he attempts to make the Lions season roster. This week, Rogers discussed the first week of training camp, which started last Monday.

“I am just trying to have fun and get better every day during this training camp,” he wrote. “That is all I can do. You just have to make sure your body stays healthy so you can get through the amount of practices. For me, my goal is just to make the team and get on the field.”

The diary can be accessed through the Lions Web site at www.detroitlions.com. Look under “Headlines” and click on “Victor Rogers Training Camp Diary.”

Heading into training camp, Rogers is listed at No. 12 on the 14-man offensive line depth chart.

Rogers, 6-6, 331 pounds, was drafted by the Lions with their third and final selection in the seventh round (259th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft. Rogers was Colorado’s starting right tackle in 2001 and allowed only one sack, a quarterback pressure and was not called for a penalty the entire season. After a strong senior campaign, Rogers was as an All-American second-team selection by CNN/SI, a third-team selection by the Associated Press and was named first-team All-Big Twelve Conference by the league’s coaches.

In 2000, Rogers started 10 games and allowed a team-best one sack and earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors. Rogers started six games in 1999, including the Insight.com Bowl, and did not give up a sack and allowed only one quarterback pressure.

As a senior at Decatur High School, Rogers was rated the top prep offensive lineman in the country.

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