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July 27, 2020 10:56 PM
Michael Roberts: Dropped by Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts (shoulder) has been waived by the Dolphins with a non-football injury designation.

Roberts spent the entire 2019 season on the sideline after recovering from reconstructive shoulder surgery. He later signed with the Dolphins in the offseason, but apparently his health is still not up to par. As a result, he'ill likely need to fully recover before getting a new opportunity.

February 20, 2020 01:44 PM
Dolphins' Michael Roberts: Lands in Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts (shoulder) agreed to a contract with the Dolphins on Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

After undergoing shoulder surgery last August and missing the entire 2019 season, Roberts should be at or near full health for training camp, if not the Dolphins' offseason program. The 25-year-old flashed potential at times during his first two seasons with Detroit, which included a three-touchdown campaign in 2018. A lack of consistency as a pass catcher, however, led to Roberts being waived by Detroit and then the Packers last summer before he required surgery.

August 20, 2019 08:56 PM
Michael Roberts: Recovering from surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts is recovering from reconstructive shoulder surgery, Erik Schlitt of The Lions Wire reports.

Roberts failed multiple physicals this offseason, which ultimately resulted in him undergoing surgery to resolve the issue. The 25-year-old spent his first two seasons in Detroit before getting waived following a failed trade to the Patriots. He was then claimed and again waived by the Packers following another failed physical. He is now focusing on his recovery from surgery before looking for another opportunity.

June 20, 2019 04:12 PM
Michael Roberts: Waived again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Packers waived Roberts on Wednesday after he failed his physical, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Roberts' medical reports have now been red-flagged twice in the past week, resulting in abbreviated stints with both the Patriots and Packers. Yates' report doesn't specify what sort of injury Roberts might be managing, but it's most likely linked to the shoulder issue that relegated him to injured reserve last December. While Roberts should command some interest on the open market when healthy again, it's not clear when that might happen.

June 17, 2019 08:28 PM
Packers' Michael Roberts: Claimed by Green Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Packers claimed Roberts off waivers Monday, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

The Lions tried trading Roberts to the Patriots last week for a conditional seventh-round draft pick, but the transaction fell through due to a failed physical, and the former ultimately waived the tight end. Now with the Packers, he finds himself within another crowded depth chart topped by Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis and third-round rookie Jace Sternberger. Roberts likely will need to string together an impressive training camp and preseason in order to crack the 53-man roster ahead of Week 1. In 23 games for Detroit over the past two seasons, Roberts caught 13 of 27 targets for 146 yards and three touchdowns.

June 14, 2019 04:12 PM
Michael Roberts: Waived instead of traded
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts reverted back to the Lions and was waived after an unsuccessful attempted trade to the Patriots, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

The trade for a 2020 seventh-round pick fell through, perhaps due to a failed physical with New England. Whatever the case, Roberts can now be claimed by any team, with the Patriots at the end of the line for waiver priority. The 2017 fourth-round pick will become an unrestricted free agent if no team places a claim.

June 13, 2019 08:36 PM
Patriots' Michael Roberts: Traded to Patriots
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions are trading Roberts to the Patriots for a future late-round draft pick, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Roberts caught 16 touchdown passes his senior year at Toledo and then was selected by Detroit in the fourth round of the 2017 draft. He has played 379 offensive snaps in 23 NFL games, catching 13 of 27 targets for 146 yards and three touchdowns. After finishing last season on injured reserve with a shoulder issue, the 25-year-old tight end found himself on the roster bubble once the Lions signed Jesse James and drafted T.J. Hockenson. Roberts will have a better shot to stick on the 53-man roster in New England, where Ben Watson is suspended the first four weeks of the season and Matt LaCosse is the only other tight end with a significant contract.

June 5, 2019 04:40 PM
Lions' Michael Roberts: Fighting for roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts appears to be on the roster bubble in advance of the 2019 season, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

While Roberts has flashed potential since being drafted in the fourth round in 2017, the Toledo product still hasn't been a consistent factor on offense. In fact, he likely would have had to compete for a roster spot in 2019 even if Detroit hadn't invested its first-round pick into a tight end. With No. 8 overall pick T.J. Hockenson added to a position group that also includes pricey free-agent pickup Jesse James, only one or two roster spots may be available at the position. Roberts' primary competition for those slots will likely come from seventh-round rookie Isaac Nauta and quarterback-turned-tight end Logan Thomas.

January 30, 2019 11:20 AM
Lions' Michael Roberts: Quiet outside of red zone
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts (shoulder) finished the 2018 season with nine catches for 100 yards and three touchdowns on 20 targets across eight games.

The 2017 fourth-round pick ranked third on the Lions with seven red-zone targets, converting three of those into scores. He otherwise had little impact, with knee and shoulder injuries costing him eight games and eventually landing him on injured reserve after Week 14. Fellow tight ends Levine Toilolo and Luke Willson (concussion) are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in the offseason, but there's no guarantee the situation helps Roberts, who looks like a questionable fit under run-first offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. It's even possible Roberts will enter training camp on the roster bubble.

December 11, 2018 11:36 PM
Lions' Michael Roberts: Shuttered for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions placed Roberts (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday.

No news came out that Roberts got hurt in Sunday's 17-3 win over the Cardinals, but the lingering shoulder issue might have explained why he played only nine snaps, his fewest since Week 2. Before suiting up Sunday, Roberts' shoulder injury had prevented him from playing in two of the Lions' last three games. He'll now get an early start on the offseason and will aim to get his health in order ahead of the 2019 campaign, during which he could take on a more prominent role in Detroit's passing attack.

December 10, 2018 11:28 AM
Lions' Michael Roberts: No catches in desert
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts was targeted twice but did not record a reception during Sunday's 17-3 victory over Arizona.

Both Roberts and Luke Willson took a backseat to Levine Toilolo, who logged 80 percent of the offensive snaps and was the only tight end on the team to catch a pass. Roberts has now logged just five receptions for 37 yards over his last five games since busting out against Miami for 48 yards and two scores in Week 7.

December 9, 2018 03:08 PM
Lions' Michael Roberts: Available Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts (shoulder) is listed as active Sunday at Arizona, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Since injuring his shoulder Week 10, Roberts has missed two of three games. In his sole appearance Week 12 against the Bears, he split tight end reps with Levine Toilolo and Luke Willson, catching three of his six targets for 16 yards. With the trio healthy, it'll be difficult for one of them to emerge from the pack.

December 7, 2018 04:40 PM
Lions' Michael Roberts: Questionable for Week 14
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Roberts sandwiched limited practices Wednesday and Friday around a full session Thursday, with his involvement throughout the week likely pointing to him suiting up Sunday. Though Luke Willson sits atop the depth chart at tight end, Roberts has been active in the passing game as a reserve, drawing 17 targets over his last five appearances.

December 6, 2018 03:04 PM
Lions' Michael Roberts: Practices in full
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Roberts sat out last week's loss to the Rams due to the lingering shoulder injury but appears to be nearing a return to full health. The second-year player should suit up Sunday against the Cardinals, serving in a backup capacity behind starting tight end Luke Willson.

December 2, 2018 12:16 PM
Lions' Michael Roberts: Ruled out for Week 13
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Roberts' absence for the second time in three games leaves Levine Toilolo as the sole backup to starting tight end Luke Willson. Considering Roberts was a limited practice participant from Wednesday through Friday, he should have a decent shot at making it back for the Lions' Week 14 contest in Arizona.

November 30, 2018 07:24 PM
Lions' Michael Roberts: Listed as doubtful
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Roberts was a limited participant in practice throughout the week, but the Lions may have needed him to put in a full session to feel more confident about his status for this weekend. With the second-year player seemingly on track to sit out for the second time in three games, Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo may be the lone healthy tight ends available for Detroit.

November 29, 2018 03:44 PM
Lions' Michael Roberts: Nursing shoulder injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts (shoulder) limited in Wednesday's practice.

Roberts has been a fixture on the injury report through November with the shoulder issue, but there's no indication that he suffered a setback coming out of the Lions' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bears. The second-year tight end's ability to open the week on the practice field in any capacity bodes well for his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Rams.

November 23, 2018 04:00 PM
Lions' Michael Roberts: Sees career-high six targets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts caught three of six targets for 16 yards during Thursday's 23-16 loss to the Bears.

The positive to take away from this performance is that Roberts finished fourth on the team in targets and is now averaging over three looks per game over his last five appearances. The negative is that Roberts appeared to make a critical error in the closing minutes of the game by running a poor route in the end zone that led to the Bears' game-clinching interception. It'll be interesting to see if quarterback Matthew Stafford gives the second-year tight end a similar amount of attention when Detroit reconvenes for a Week 13 game against the Rams.

November 22, 2018 11:24 PM
Lions' Michael Roberts: Available Week 12
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts (shoulder) is active for Thursday's game against the Bears, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Returning from a one-game absence due to a shoulder injury, Roberts will have to vie with veterans Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo for snaps at tight end. That said, the Lions are without a pair of key skill-position players in Kerryon Johnson and Marvin Jones with a pair of knee injuries, meaning Roberts will have less competition for reps near the goal line. While Roberts has been targeted just 12 times in six appearances this season, five of those looks have occurred in the red zone.

November 22, 2018 10:56 AM
Lions' Michael Roberts: Questionable for Thanksgiving Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roberts (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Bears, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Listed as a limited participant each day this week, Roberts seemingly has a shot to rejoin the lineup after sitting out Sunday's 20-19 win over the Panthers. He's only seen 12 targets in six games this season, but there's potential for increased involvement with wide receiver Marvin Jones (knee) and running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) both unavailable, as the Lions may need to get creative to move the ball against a tough Chicago defense.

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