Roberts earned the one-year deal after a 38-catch, five-touchdown 2016 season. The 26-year-old will likely have to outperform what he was able to do last season if he hopes to secure a long-term deal in the near future. As for the immediate, Roberts projects to function as a depth receiver for the Raiders in 2017.
Exclusive-rights free agents can't negotiate with other teams and must sign the tendered contract or else sit out the season. Roberts thus figures to reprise his role as Oakland's slot receiver in three-wide formations after catching 70 passes for 877 yards and 10 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He's an important part of the offense, though he's clearly third fiddle behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
Roberts and rookie quarterback Connor Cook severely struggled to connect throughout Saturday's brutal tilt for the
Roberts caught three passes on as many targets for 26 yards during Sunday's loss to the Broncos.
Roberts' volume throughout the 2016 regular season was hindered with the emergence of fellow receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, but he was still able to haul in 38 receptions on 77 targets for 397 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games. He'll be an exclusive rights free agent in 2017 following the culmination of the playoffs, so he may be likely to re-sign with the Raiders.
Roberts caught two passes for 27 yards on three targets during Sunday's win over the Chargers.
Roberts saw his looks from quarterback Derek Carr decrease after a disappointing Week 14 game in which he was plagued by drops, with just two receptions on nine targets. It seems no matter his level of involvement, Roberts consistently makes around two or three catches per week while his fantasy value is dependent on whether or not he's able to find the end zone. He's slated to play a similar role in Week 16 against the Colts with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree continuing to lead the way at wide receiver for the Raiders.
|P1||8/12/17||@ ARI||10:00 pm|
|P3||8/26/17||@ DAL||8:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ WAS||8:30 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ MIA||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|14||12/10/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/25/17||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|