Roberts signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract with the Falcons on Monday, Dan Graziano of ESPN reports. Roberts will add depth to Atlanta's group of receivers after totaling 188 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown over 16 games with Detroit in 2016. On top of that, the 29-year-old could be in line to return kicks and punts for his new team, especially since he combined for 993 return yards and two touchdowns last season.
Roberts returned four kickoffs for 76 yards during Saturday's playoff game in Seattle. Per usual, Roberts was near-exclusively contained to special teams on Saturday, but wasn't able to break off any long kickoff returns. The seventh-year veteran will now hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent and likely won't have a problem landing a job with a team in need of a return man.
Roberts (shoulder) is listed as active Saturday at Seattle, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Roberts has totaled just 15 offensive snaps over the last two games, a stretch in which he's hauled in one of two targets for 14 yards. Instead, his relevance resides as a returner, as he finished the regular season eighth in average kickoff return (22.6) and third in average punt return (12.3) among qualified candidates.
Roberts (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Seahawks. Roberts was limited throughout practice this week, but considering his shoulder problem didn't prevent him from suiting up while injured last Sunday, it seems like he'll be available again this weekend. That being said, with just one catch over Detroit's past four games, Roberts doesn't represent much of a fantasy threat heading into an already-intimidating matchup against the Seahawks secondary.
Roberts (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. If the Lions were required to release an injury report Tuesday, Roberts wouldn't have practiced, according to Tim Twentyman of the team's official site. Although his progression to limited one day later is an encouraging sign, he donned a red "no-contact" jersey during the session. There's a good chance he sustains such activity throughout the week, which would leave his status for Saturday's wild-card game at Seattle in flux.
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