Roberts was signed to Green Bay's practice squad Monday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Roberts was cut loose earlier in the day by Carolina, but it didn't long to find a new home. According to Demovsky, the plan is to initially sign him to the practice squad, though given the Packers' lack of competent receiver depth, it wouldn't be surprising to see Roberts elevated to the 53-man roster at some point.
The Panthers released Roberts on Monday, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports. Roberts suited up for each of Carolina's first seven games, averaging 13.3 snaps on offense per contests and totaling four receptions for 31 yards. The 29-year-old receiver has been pushed out of the depth role by the likes of Brandon Zylstra, Pharoh Cooper and Marken Michel, so Roberts will look to add depth at receiver elsewhere.
With Curtis Samuel (knee) inactive, Roberts is set for an increased role, David Newton of ESPN reports. Samuel was a surprise scratch with the knee issue, so Roberts will assume his third-string role. Roberts has seen just six targets this season, hauling in four passes for 31 yards. He'll look to take some of the attention and burden off starters Robby Anderson and DJ Moore against the stingy Chicago pass defense Sunday.
Roberts caught one of his two targets for five yards in Sunday's 34-30 loss to the Raiders. Roberts played just five offensive snaps, so him being targeted on two of those was noteworthy. Nonetheless, with Brandon Zylstra featuring for eight plays, Roberts actually placed fifth among Carolina's wideouts in snaps, a reality that should significantly restrict expectations for him ahead of Week 2's game in Tampa Bay.
Roberts (concussion) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports. Roberts suffered a concussion during training camp, but his current absence from the injury report is an indication that he's fully cleared the league's five-step protocol. He's in line to handle a depth receiver role against the Raiders on Sunday.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/08||@Kansas City Chiefs||7||18.14|
|10||11/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||19.00|
|15||12/20||@Green Bay Packers||12||21.33|
|16||12/27||@Washington Football Team||1||15.57|
|17||01/03||New Orleans Saints||23||26.00|
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|3 Year Avg||55||36||407||2||21||11.31||50|