Finally, against the Bengals, Rogers got his chance. He caught a 69-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and a 2-yard scoring pass in the fourth.
The long touchdown especially impressed Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.
"He caught a four- or five-yard pass, and it resulted in a long touchdown, and we need more of that in our offense," Hamilton said. "We're excited about Da'Rick and what he can offer us moving forward."
Luck said he could see Rogers' confidence increase as the game progressed.
"I think he showed himself that he can make plays in this league," Luck said. "I think he showed everybody else what we already knew."
Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Rogers has earned a spike in playing time. That likely will mean less action for the struggling Darrius Heyward-Bey, a high-profile offseason pickup who has disappointed.
The Colts are being careful to put Rogers in position to keep progressing. Rogers said handling success won't be an issue with the framework of coaches and leaders around him.
"That's actually one of the things we just got done talking about, me and Chuck Pagano," he said. "It's just one of the things in the past that bothered me and these are some of the things that I've grown here. I've learned how to handle those things. I'm excited. I think I'll do all right."
Rogers' approach has caught Luck's attention.
"I think he's really learned that practice pays dividends," Luck said. "He comes to practice with great energy, great enthusiasm, whether he's running scout team stuff or in there with the guys getting the reps. He's always done a great job. It does pay dividends."