The Raiders have offered Roberts an exclusive-rights free agent tender, CSN Bay Area reports. Exclusive-rights free agents can't negotiate with other teams and must sign the tendered contract or else sit out the season. Roberts thus figures to reprise his role as Oakland's slot receiver in three-wide formations after catching 70 passes for 877 yards and 10 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He's an important part of the offense, though he's clearly third fiddle behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
Roberts caught just one pass on seven targets for one yard during Saturday's wild-card loss to the Texans. Roberts and rookie quarterback Connor Cook severely struggled to connect throughout Saturday's brutal tilt for the Raiders. As noted in Roberts' Week 17 recap note, he'll enter the upcoming offseason as an exclusive rights free agent with the possibility of returning to Oakland.
Roberts caught three passes on as many targets for 26 yards during Sunday's loss to the Broncos. Roberts' volume throughout the 2016 regular season was hindered with the emergence of fellow receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, but he was still able to haul in 38 receptions on 77 targets for 397 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games. He'll be an exclusive rights free agent in 2017 following the culmination of the playoffs, so he may be likely to re-sign with the Raiders.
Roberts caught two passes for 27 yards on three targets during Sunday's win over the Chargers. Roberts saw his looks from quarterback Derek Carr decrease after a disappointing Week 14 game in which he was plagued by drops, with just two receptions on nine targets. It seems no matter his level of involvement, Roberts consistently makes around two or three catches per week while his fantasy value is dependent on whether or not he's able to find the end zone. He's slated to play a similar role in Week 16 against the Colts with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree continuing to lead the way at wide receiver for the Raiders.
Roberts caught just two of nine targets for 12 yards in Thursday's 21-13 loss to the Chiefs. Roberts had multiple drops throughout the night, which helped contribute to what was essentially a career-worst game for QB Derek Carr. The second-year wideout, best known in deep fantasy formats for his red zone work, has now failed to score in four of the last five games, while notching just four receptions on 14 targets for a total of 30 yards. He'll try to get back on track in an enviornment sure to be much more conducive to the passing game when the Raiders face the Chargers out in San Diego in Week 15.
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