Seth Roberts will attempt to land meaningful playing time in the Panthers offense this summer. Buried behind three quality receivers, there's a better chance Jake "the Snake" Roberts helps your Fantasy team than Seth Roberts. Trust me.
Roberts (ankle) agreed to a contract Wednesday with the Panthers, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Roberts provided a hint of his next destination Tuesday via his personal Twitter account, posting "Joe Brady" and nothing more. He'll now get to work the Panthers new offensive coordinator, joining a young team that's swapping out Cam Newton for Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback. Assuming there are no major complications from his January ankle injury, the 29-year-old Roberts should be in the mix for Carolina's No. 3 receiver job behind D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel. The occupant of that role in 2019, Jarius Wright, is now an unrestricted free agent.
Roberts suffered an ankle sprain during a 28-12 loss to Tennessee in the divisional round of the playoffs, Clifton Brown of the Ravens' official website reports. Roberts suffered his injury late in the second quarter, finishing with two catches for 30 yards (plus a drop) on four targets. Coach John Harbaugh suggested after the game that the wide receiver wouldn't have been able to play if Baltimore had advanced in the playoffs. In any case, Roberts will turn 29 in February and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. The Ravens seemed to appreciate his work as a run blocker, but he'll presumably need to battle for his snaps even if the team re-signs him for 2020. Marquise Brown and Willie Snead appear to be locked into their respective roles, essentially leaving one starting WR spot up for grabs in Baltimore.
Roberts caught two of four targets for 30 yards in the divisional-round loss to the Titans. The veteran recorded 21 catches for 271 yards on 35 targets over the course of the regular season and added to that total in the postseason. The Ravens are looking to upgrade their receiving corps in the offseason and build around rookie wideout Marquise Brown. While Roberts offered some marginal value in the offense in 2019, it's entirely possible that the Ravens let him walk in free agency given that he was on a one-year deal.
Roberts was unable to haul in his only target during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Steelers. Sunday snapped Roberts' six-game streak with at least one catch, though it's hard to read too much into a game in which Lamar Jackson and other starters were rested. After a first-round bye, the Ravens will play either the Texans, Bills or Titans in the divisional round. In two games against the Texans and Bills this season, Roberts recorded two catches on five targets for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Roberts caught two of three targets for 23 yards against the Browns. Roberts was the leading receiver among Baltimore wideouts Sunday, but four other Ravens had more receiving yardage than him. With several key starters resting in the season finale, Roberts may have to pick up some of the slack in the passing game against a tough Steelers defense that is fighting for a playoff spot.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Las Vegas Raiders||22||22.63|
|2||09/20||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|3||09/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|7||10/25||@New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|9||11/08||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|10||11/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|15||12/20||@Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|16||12/27||@Washington Football Team||24||23.00|
|17||01/03||New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|3 Year Avg||55||36||407||2||21||11.31||50|