Roberts caught all three of his targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Broncos.
Roberts caught Derek Carr's lone touchdown pass on a 20-yard completion during the third quarter to put the Raiders up 19-7, but that ended the team's scoring run as the Broncos eventually posted 13 unanswered points to keep Oakland winless. Roberts' touchdown salvaged an otherwise quiet performance, as the fourth-year receiver has seen just five total targets through two weeks.
Roberts caught one pass for 11 yards on two targets in Monday's loss to the Rams.
Roberts' lack of production as the slot man was the result of quarterback Derek Carr simply avoiding his wide receiving corps as a whole, targeting the trio of Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson and Roberts on just nine of his 40 passing attempts as tight end Jared Cook and running back Jalen Richard vultured a combined 23 looks from the QB. Roberts could see a slight reduction in his snap count due to the return of Martavis Bryant, who was re-signed Tuesday and is expected to suit up in Week 2 against the Broncos.
Roberts logged a team-high 51 snaps in Friday's 13-6 preseason win over the Packers.
Roberts didn't haul in his only target in the game, but he's healthy after missing some time with an undisclosed issue. With Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson atop the Raiders' wideout depth chart and Martavis Bryant also on hand, Roberts, as it stands, profiles at the the team's No. 4 option at the position. He's therefore a break away from a reliable path to targets, and he did log 43 catches for 455 yards and a TD in 15 games last season, so he remains a name to file away in deeper leagues.
Roberts (undisclosed) has retaken the field for practice, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Roberts was absent from Monday's practice after missing Friday's preseason opener, but it appears the reason for his absence was relatively minor. Now back in the fold, Roberts is likely slated for the No. 4 role this season after the Raiders signed veteran Jordy Nelson and traded for Martavis Bryant during the offseason.
Oakland probably should've released Roberts before March 16, at which point he earned a $2 million roster bonus and his $2.25 million base salary became fully guaranteed. The four-year, $12 million contract he signed last offseason looked like a bit over an overpay even when he was the Raiders' No. 3 receiver. Now relegated to likely No. 4 standing, Roberts doesn't figure to see many targets if he stays in Oakland. With his roster bonus already out of the way, any team that wants to acquire him would only need to pay him the $2.25 million base salary this season. The Raiders presumably would settle for a sixth or seventh-round pick, but there's no guarantee they find an offer.
|5||10/7/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/1/18||@ SF||8:20 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
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