Roberts caught five passes on as many targets for 31 yards and lost four yards on his lone carry during Sunday's 35-3 loss to the Chiefs.
Roberts triggered.a bonus in his contract by notching 45 catches on the season and also finished with a career-high 494 receiving yards and two scores in 15 games. The fact that the yardage total amounted to a personal best for the wideout underscores the limited upside he possesses, despite handling fairly high snap counts throughout the season. The Raiders currently lack significant competition at slot receiver, so Roberts is tentatively in line to fill those duties again in 2019, the final season of his three-year deal.
Roberts once again saw the likes of Jordy Nelson and Jalen Richard outpace him in the passing game, leading to his sub-30-yard tally over the last four games. The four-year veteran has been unable to build on his season-best five-catch, 76-yard effort in Week 14, posting five grabs for 43 yards combined in the subsequent pair of contests. Roberts remains a relatively low-upside option despite a favorable Week 17 matchup versus the Chiefs due to Nelson's increased role in the passing game and Derek Carr's comfort level with Richard and tight end Jared Cook as well.
Roberts caught three of four targets for 29 yards during Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Bengals. He also lost two yards on his lone carry of the game.
On the heels of a 76-yard receiving performance in Week 14, Roberts produced just 27 total yards against the Bengals as quarterback Derek Carr completed only 21 passes despite playing from behind all game. Meanwhile, fellow receiver Jordy Nelson continues to serve as a primary target upon his return to full health, as evidenced by his six receptions for 88 yards on eight targets to lead the team in each category. Roberts should continue to see a healthy snap count out of the slot in Week 16 against the Broncos.
Roberts was able to clear the concussion protocol in time for Sunday's contest and then made a critical 39-yard grab down to the Steelers' seven-yard line with 1:52 remaining. Roberts' reception total equaled a season high, and he's seen at least six targets in three of his last four games. The four-year pro will look to continue display solid rapport with Derek Carr when the Raiders face off with the Bengals in Week 15.
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