Wide Receiver (Slot)
Drafted in the 3rd Round (2010)
Andre Roberts signed a 4 year/$16 million deal with the Redskins hoping to be that #2 guy who would take the Redskins offense to the next level. Well, all of that changed when DeSean Jackson joined the ranks. Roberts now seems to be the 5th wheel in Jay Gruden's offense. Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson will command the majority of the targets out wide, and Jordan Reed could have a monster season. Throw in the need to feed the beast that is Alfred Morris and you see Andre Roberts may not get the ball as much as he deserves.
Roberts' immediate impact will come as a slot option who has a knack for creating space against nickel corners. Believe it or not, Roberts actually outperformed Larry Fitzgerald in YPG and TDs in 2012. While Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson both played in all 16 games last year, they both missed 6 and 5 games in 2012, respectively. Consider Jordan Reed's history of concussions and Roberts' value increases all the more. If any option ahead of him misses time, you better believe he'll jump on the opportunity.
If Gruden's usage of all his weapons in Cincinnati is any indicator (6 players with 39+ receptions in 2013) of how he'll spread it around in Washington, Roberts should be kept happy. Everything considered, expect Roberts to give you around 50 receptions, 500 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Also, look for him to be a viable option as a kick returner in Week 1 and beyond.
Andre Roberts graduated from The Citadel, a small military college in South Carolina (10 points to anyone who can name one player the Redskins drafted from The Citadel?). He finished his degree in accounting in just three and a half years. His experience as a punt returner and background as a cadet may give him a soft spot in new special teams coach (and military man), Ben Kotwica's heart.
***Additional Note***- Remember Kirk Cousins was #12 last year. Andre Roberts agreed to donate $12,000 to Kirk Cousins' football camp to get his #12.
One thing that sticks out from a look at Roberts' twitter timeline is his love for golf. Moving from the lush greens of Arizona to the non-existent ones in Washington will be tough for him. What we do have, in abundance, is... Chipotle. Which, by this tweet, I'm sure he'll be content with:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I'm thinking <a href="https://twitter.com/AndreRoberts">@AndreRoberts</a> is gonna know every <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipotleTweets">@ChipotleTweets</a> in the DC area <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Redskins&src=hash">#Redskins</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HTTR&src=hash">#HTTR</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Salute&src=hash">#Salute</a> <a href="http://t.co/o7UF5QjYhG">pic.twitter.com/o7UF5QjYhG</a></p>— Emily Ries (@EmilyXAM) <a href="https://twitter.com/EmilyXAM/statuses/455805183118024704">April 14, 2014</a></blockquote>
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