The Panthers signed Roberts to a one-year deal Monday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Roberts has caught just 19 passes over the last five seasons, but he's a proven return man, which was a glaring need for Carolina this offseason. The veteran has six career return touchdowns, including a 101-yard kickoff return against the Broncos last season.
Roberts was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports. The wide receiver missed Week 16 after testing positive for COVID-19 last Monday. Roberts will be back returning kicks for the Chargers in Week 17 against the Broncos, a spot where he has logged a total of 429 return yards.
The Chargers placed Roberts on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. According to Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times, head coach Brandon Staley labeled Roberts as day-to-day, which would seem to suggest that the 33-year-old wideout is on the list as a vaccinated player that tested positive for the virus. Per the NFL's new COVID-19 protocols, Roberts will be eligible to rejoin the team as soon as he's deemed to be asymptomatic. Roberts thus has an outside shot of gaining clearance prior to Sunday's game against the Texans. He's appeared in eight games for Los Angeles since signing with the team in October, carrying three times for 19 yards and logging no targets while making his biggest impact for the Chargers as a return man.
Roberts signed a contract with the Chargers on Thursday. Roberts was let go by the Texans on Monday but will now have a week and a half to learn the Chargers' system prior to the Week 8 matchup against the Patriots on Oct. 31. He'll presumably serve as the primary kick returner if Nasir Adderley (hip) is unable to return after the bye week.
The Chargers are expected to sign Roberts on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Roberts was released by the Texans on Monday and appears to have quickly found a new team. Nasir Adderley, the Chargers primary kick returner and starting free safety, had to leave Week 6 early with a hip injury, so if Roberts is signed, he may take over return duties when the Chargers return from their bye week.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New York Giants||11||20.35|
|3||09/25||New Orleans Saints||15||20.94|
|5||10/09||San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|
|6||10/16||@Los Angeles Rams||22||22.05|
|7||10/23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||20.53|
|17||01/01||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||20.53|
|18||01/08||@New Orleans Saints||15||20.94|
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|3 Year Avg||5||3||30||0||1||10.00||1|