Two of the most polarizing figures on the Colts, wide receivers Griff Whalen and Da'Rick Rogers couldn't be more different.
One is a 5'11", sub-200-pound slot receiver from Stanford University, while the other is 6'3", 214 pounds and came to the NFL through Tennessee and Tennessee Tech. Whalen is a sure-handed but physically limited possession receiver who has strong chemistry with Andrew Luck. Rogers is a constant threat to make a big play but is still raw as a route-runner and has had maturity questions in the past.
They've both had their moments in this preseason.
Rogers has caught critical passes in both games, a 45-yard bomb against the Jets to set up the team's only touchdown and a 14-yard touchdown against the Giants. Rogers also forced a pass interference penalty against the Giants, something that he did several times during the regular season last year as well. Whalen was quiet during the first week of the preseason but caught five passes for 32 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass, against the Giants.
Verdict: Keep both
Keeping six receivers is not guaranteed, but with the depth the Colts have at the position, it would be a shame not to utilize it properly. Both Rogers and Whalen play such different roles that both are needed. Whalen can't do what Rogers can, and vice versa. Either one would probably get claimed off waivers, although Whalen would probably have a higher chance of sneaking through.
Whalen simply isn't going to get much better than he is right now. His greatest asset is his chemistry with Andrew Luck, and that won't be there for another quarterback. Rogers, on the other hand, has almost limitless potential and the coupling of size and speed that teams covet at the position. Players that can do this are worth investing in.