Roberts is coming off an impressive week of minicamp practices and appears to have the inside track on the fifth wide receiver spot, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Roberts' skills as an elite return man give him an edge over almost every other depth receiver competing for a job this summer, but the veteran is also opening up some eyes in the passing game. Entering his 10th NFL season, he does have a few decent campaigns on his receiving ledger, most notably a 64/759/5 line in 2012 with the Cardinals, while he's come close to that a few other times, also earlier in the decade. We'll slot Roberts as a solid five on the depth chart for now -- behind Zay Jones, John Brown, Cole Beasley and Robert Foster -- in addition to being the team's clear-cut best return option.
The Bills agreed with Roberts on a contract Wednesday, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.
On the heels of posting career bests in both kickoff (1,174) and punt (324) return yards last season, Roberts earned All-Pro and Pro-Bowl honors. He'll now move within the AFC East from the Jets to the Bills, where he should take on a similar workload on special teams. When it comes to offensive contributions, however, Roberts will have a tough time nudging fellow receivers John Brown, Cole Beasley, Robert Foster and Zay Jones out of the lineup.
Roberts isn't expected to re-sign with the Jets this offseason, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
On the same day the Jets let 2018 Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers walk in free agency, the organization will now apparently cut ties with another special-teams Pro Bowler in Roberts, a standout kick returner. While Roberts should command heavy interest on the open market as a return man, it's far too early to speculate who might take over his former role in New York.
Roberts capped his season with three catches for 28 yards on four targets in Sunday's 38-3 loss to New England, giving him a total of 10 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Roberts saw more action on offense than usual due to injuries to the Jets' wide receiver corps, but the majority of his value comes on special teams. He was among the league's best returners this season, recording 132 or more kick return yards four times, while also topping that mark once as a punt returner and scoring a touchdown of each kind. There should be a robust market for the free agent's special teams services.
Roberts will have an elevated role in the offense Sunday at New England with Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and Jermaine Kearse (Achilles) sidelined, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Roberts rarely has been used on offense this season, but his return ability hasn't gone unnoticed. Overall, he leads the NFL in kickoff return yards (1,115), kick return average (29.3) and punt return average (14.7), earning him a Pro Bowl nod. In the four contests in which he's earned at least 38 percent of the offensive snaps in 2018, Roberts has hauled in five of his 11 targets for 37 yards and one TD. On Sunday, work will be available, but Robby Anderson, Chris Herndon and Elijah McGuire are better bets to receive attention from Sam Darnold.
Roberts scored a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown in Sunday's 44-38 overtime loss to the Packers.
Roberts didn't make an impact on offense, but he was still a major contributor in this high-scoring affair thanks to some critical plays on special teams. In addition to his 99-yard touchdown, Roberts set up the Jets' game-tying field goal late in regulation with a 51-yard kickoff return.
Roberts caught three of four targets for 16 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 29-22 loss to the Texans.
Roberts' 13-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter was just his second receiving score since the start of the 2015 campaign, as his impact primarily comes on special teams. His contributions in his usual capacity as a return man consisted of three kick returns for 71 yards and two punt returns for 22 yards.
Roberts caught his lone target for 10 yards and added an 18-yard carry in Sunday's 26-22 loss to the Titans.
Roberts dealt with a minor foot injury during the week, but he looked healthy as ever in this one. In addition to his pair of gains on offense, Roberts totaled 82 yards on two kick returns and four yards on a punt return.
Roberts (foot) won't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at Tennessee, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.
Roberts was added to the injury report Thursday as a limited participant, but his return to full participation Friday indicates it was a minor issue. The 30-year-old should return kickoffs and punts for the Jets, per usual.
Roberts (foot) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.
Roberts was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, so it remains to be seen where he picked up the foot injury. With Trenton Cannon's (hamstring) status for Sunday's tilt against the Titans also in question, the Jets could realistically be without either designated kick returner. If neither Roberts nor Cannon is able to suit up Week 13, one of Elijah McGuire or Deontay Burnett could see work returning kicks.
Roberts (back) will play in Sunday's game against Miami.
Roberts came into Sunday with a rather murky forecast surrounding his availability, but, after holding up well through warmups, it seems the Jets feel content with his health moving forward. With both Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa suiting up, Roberts figures to have a minimal role in the passing game but should be the Jets primary return man.
Roberts (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Miami, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.
Roberts was added to the injury report as a limited participant Thursday and did not participate at Friday's practice, so he's currently trending in the wrong direction. Trenton Cannon would likely take over kick and punt returns should Roberts be unable to play Sunday.
Roberts (back) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.
Roberts was a surprise addition to Thursday's injury report, given that he was not listed to begin the week. The veteran return man should be considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. If Roberts is unable to suit up, Trenton Cannon would slot in as the Jets' starting kickoff and punt returner.
Roberts caught two of six targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 37-17 loss to Minnesota.
Roberts is usually limited to return duties, but he saw some work at wide receiver with Quincy Enunwa's (ankle) absence and the release of Terrelle Pryor (groin) thinning out the Jets' ranks at that position. The veteran's primary impact still came on special teams, however, as he racked up 193 yards on six kick returns and eight yards on a pair of punt returns. Despite his increased role on offense, Roberts' value against the Bears in Week 8 should remain limited to formats that reward return yardage.
Roberts (elbow/foot) won't carry an injury designation in Sunday's game against the Colts.
Roberts started the week not practicing, but he was able to show enough in Thursday's and Friday's sessions to avoid the questionable tag. The 30-year-old should assume his usual role as the primary return man Sunday.
Roberts is dealing with elbow and foot injuries and did not participate at practice Wednesday, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.
Roberts served his usual role as the Jets' primary return man in Sunday's win over the Broncos but apparently did not escape the game unscathed. The 30-year-old's participation at Thursday and Friday practices should provide a better idea of the severity of the injuries.
Roberts survived the final round of cuts and will serve as New York's primary return man on kicks and punts this season.
Roberts occupied the same role for the Falcons last year, finishing with just one catch on the year. While not among the league's most explosive return men, Roberts is a steady presence who won't muff many catches.
Roberts caught his lone target for 13 yards and added a 10-yard punt return as New York defeated the Falcons 17-0 in Friday's preseason opener.
Rookie Trenton Cannon got the majority of reps in the return game, but he muffed a punt inside his own 10-yard line. Roberts is an established special teams contributor, so he'll likely wind up being the primary return man when the games start to count. He's almost a complete non-factor on offense, though.
Roberts is signing with the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Jets just added Terrelle Pryor (ankle) to a wideout group that includes Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Quincy Enunwa (neck) and 2017 draft picks ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen. While there aren't any sure things among the bunch, Roberts nonetheless figures to mostly focus on special teams, considering he had 15 receptions, 79 kickoff returns and 47 punt returns in 32 games for the Lions and Falcons the past two years. The 30-year-old returned two punts for scores in 2016, but he averaged only 22.6 yards on 38 kick returns and 7.4 yards on 27 punt returns last season, without taking any to the house. JoJo Natson was the Jets' primary return man in 2017, posting dismal averages of 20.3 yards on 16 kickoffs and 2.4 yards on 16 punts.
Roberts did not see a target in Saturday's divisional-round loss to the Eagles.
Roberts had the worst season of his career, as he finished this season with one more reception and 12 more yards than anyone in the viewing audience, assuming you're not a professional football player. The Falcons simply have too many offensive weapons for Roberts to see much action, as he only saw four targets this season. It seems likely that he'll try to find a new home this offseason, as he's an unrestricted free agent.
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