Roberts caught his only target for a 15-yard touchdown during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the 49ers. It was a different story at tight end this week, as Luke Willson drew the start and ultimately wound up playing over 40 snaps (52 percent) while Levine Toilolo saw 22 (29 percent). Roberts, on the other hand, saw just seven snaps. The second-year player made the most of his limited action by finding a soft spot in the 49ers' red-zone coverage, but it will continue to be difficult to trust Roberts going forward until he evolves into something more than an occasional goal-line target.
Roberts secured a spot on the Lions' 53-man roster, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports. With Luke Willson (knee) dinged up and uncertain to be ready for Week 1, Roberts could be in store for a significant offensive role from the outset of the 2018 season. However, the Lions are expected to get a number of tight ends involved on a regular basis this year, so Roberts will likely be splitting time with blocking specialist Levine Toilolo and third-year Monmouth product Hakeem Valles.
Roberts isn't a lock to make the 53-man roster, Allen Park of MLive.com reports. Roberts' poor play and injury troubles across the preseason may prove enough to endanger the 2017 fourth-rounder's position on the team. That, in conjunction with the rise of Hakeem Valles, could lead to Roberts becoming a roster cut this weekend.
Roberts is struggling at training camp, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. Initially hoping to push Luke Willson for a starting job, Roberts hit a bump with a minor leg injury at the beginning of August and reportedly hasn't done much since returning to practice. He was held without a catch on one target in Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders, shortly after being listed in the No. 2 slot (behind Willson) on Detroit's first depth chart of the year. Roberts may largely end up limited to special teams work, as blocking specialist Levine Toilolo could join Willson in two-TE formations.
Roberts was not present for Wednesday's practice session due to a leg injury, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Roberts is considered a candidate to earn a larger role with the offense in 2018 with some rather unsavory options available at the tight end position. His campaign for playing time will hit a temporary halt following a leg injury suffered Monday, though the extent of the issue has yet to be made public. When healthy, expect Roberts to resume his pursuit of additional offensive snaps after playing 221 last season.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||New England Patriots||21||8.00|
|5||10/07||Green Bay Packers||11||5.00|
|13||12/02||Los Angeles Rams||28||10.00|
|17||12/30||@Green Bay Packers||11||5.00|
|3 Year Avg||7||4||46||0||2||11.50||4|