Scouting report: Andre Roberts

March, 17, 2014
Mar 17
One of these days, when free agency finally slows (and that day is coming soon), I want to take a more detailed look at some of the Redskins' new free agents. Until then, I'll rely on people who are much smarter and have worked in the game. Like Matt Williamson, a former NFL scout who is now a scout for ESPN. He gave me his take on new Redskins receiver Andre Roberts:

What jumps out at Williamson: "Originally ESPN asked me to come up with five to 10 free-agent bargains. Andre Roberts was one of them. But I didn't think he'd get scooped up this quick or for that money. But apparently the Redskins agreed with me. I liked him more thinking he was a bargain [at a lower price], but I do like him. His production went down quite a bit last year. A big reason was because the line in Arizona was so bad they used more double-tight-end sets as opposed to three-receiver sets than in the past. That's a Bruce Arians thing, too. Michael Floyd stepped up too and he went past Roberts. When Roberts played he played well."

What Williamson likes: "Robert is best in the slot. He's really good after the catch. He's pretty physical. He can take a pounding and break tackles. He'll block for you and he has good speed. Size will always be an issue because he's not 6-foot-3. But he's a quality player coming off a down statistical year. Corners won't push him around through his routes or when competing for balls in the air. He has an aggressiveness to him and plays hard."

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter



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