Free-agent analysis: Andre Roberts

March, 11, 2014
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A quick thumb-nail report on the Washington Redskins' newly-signed receiver Andre Roberts:

What he got: Roberts signed a four-year, $16-million deal. He received $8 million guaranteed and his first year salary of $1.25 million is guaranteed.

Roberts
Quick analysis: Roberts is considered a solid receiver and someone who had a better year in 2012 than in ’13, when he was Arizona’s third receiver. He could line up in the slot or outside. He did both with the Cardinals this past season and he worked well with Larry Fitzgerald. Roberts caught 182 passes -- 11 for touchdowns -- in four seasons with Arizona. Roberts caught 64 passes for 759 yards and five touchdowns in 2012, but those numbers dropped to 43 receptions for 471 yards and two scores this past season. Roberts showed consistent hands, making tough catches, so he has -- as the coaches say -- a wide catch radius. He worked well getting separation at the top of his breaks with a little gentle push. But I saw him make several catches that required good focus knowing he’d get hit -- whether over the middle or along the sidelines. He wasn’t flashy. But he is fast, though the bulk of his work came underneath or on intermediate routes. His career average per catch (11.7) reflects his slot duty status.

Impact: Well, I would have said it meant the end for veteran receiver Santana Moss, but he’ll be back (though I still don’t think it’s a guarantee that he’ll be on the roster this season). Roberts gives them someone who can play inside or outside and has a little more size at 5-foot-11. If Moss can’t play, then Roberts can easily play the slot in a three-receiver set. This gives them some insurance if Leonard Hankerson takes a while to recover from his torn ACL. Roberts has returned punts and kickoffs, but that was not a strength as he averaged just 5.9 yards on 46 punt returns and 22.4 yards on 16 kick returns. So I don’t think anything is necessarily solved here.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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