Roberts is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. It's a bit of a surprise to see Roberts scratched Sunday, given his 3-43-1 stat line in Week 2, but the Raiders will roll with a wideout corps in Week 3 headed by Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant.
Roberts caught all three of his targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Broncos. Roberts caught Derek Carr's lone touchdown pass on a 20-yard completion during the third quarter to put the Raiders up 19-7, but that ended the team's scoring run as the Broncos eventually posted 13 unanswered points to keep Oakland winless. Roberts' touchdown salvaged an otherwise quiet performance, as the fourth-year receiver has seen just five total targets through two weeks.
Roberts caught one pass for 11 yards on two targets in Monday's loss to the Rams. Roberts' lack of production as the slot man was the result of quarterback Derek Carr simply avoiding his wide receiving corps as a whole, targeting the trio of Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson and Roberts on just nine of his 40 passing attempts as tight end Jared Cook and running back Jalen Richard vultured a combined 23 looks from the QB. Roberts could see a slight reduction in his snap count due to the return of Martavis Bryant, who was re-signed Tuesday and is expected to suit up in Week 2 against the Broncos.
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Wednesday that Roberts would open the season as the team's starting slot wideout, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "He's always making plays in practice, and someone we can depend on," Gruden said of the receiver. Though he may not technically start with the Raiders keeping a fullback (Keith Smith) on the roster, Roberts will be the first man up when the team deploys three-wideout sets, which will also feature Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson. The assignment is somewhat of a surprising one for Roberts after he struggled with drops the past three seasons and often worked with lower units in training camp, but he moved up the depth chart after Martavis Bryant was released and Ryan Switzer was traded to the Steelers. Despite his status as the top slot man, Roberts isn't expected to be a heavily targeted option in the Oakland passing attack and doesn't warrant much attention outside of deeper fantasy leagues.
Roberts has a spot on Oakland's initial 53-man roster, Matt Schneidman of the San Jose Mercury News reports. With Martavis Bryant released and his own spot secure, Roberts likely will enter Week 1 as the No. 3 receiver behind Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson. It's a role Roberts held each of the past three seasons, averaging 37.7 catches for 444 yards and 3.7 touchdowns over that span.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/07||@Los Angeles Chargers||31||33.00|
|9||11/02||@San Francisco 49ers||27||29.00|
|10||11/11||Los Angeles Chargers||31||33.00|
|13||12/02||Kansas City Chiefs||21||25.33|
|17||12/30||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||25.33|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||66||38||444||4||22||11.68||68|