Roberts recorded 39 tackles, six pass breakups and one interception over 11 games in 2020.
After being an every-down player for the Jets in 2019, Roberts largely served as veteran depth for the Lions most of the year until injuries forced the 30-year-old into an expanded role down the stretch. The versatile safety/corner hybrid is now set to become an unrestricted free agent, and his chances of returning to Detroit probably hinge on who the team hires as defensive coordinator.
Roberts (neck) is active for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers.
The 30-year-old cornerback will make his 10th appearance of the 2020 campaign Saturday against Tampa Bay's No. 6 pass offense. He's expected to play an important role in the secondary with both Jeff Okudah (groin) and Desmond Trufant (hamstring) residing on injured reserve. In Roberts' two most recent appearances Weeks 13 and 14, he saw more than 60 percent of the defensive snaps in each contest.
Roberts (hip) is considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Roberts has been dealing with the hip injury much of the season and has sat out five of the team's past seven contests. However, he was able to practice in full Thursday following a pair of limited sessions to begin the week, giving him a good chance of suiting up Saturday. If he is able to take the field, Roberts should take on a starting role.
Roberts (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Titans.
Roberts missed practice all week and will predictably be sidelined for Sunday's matchup. With Jeff Okudah (groin) and Desmond Trufant (hamstring) already on IR, the Lions will lean on cornerbacks Justin Coleman, Amani Oruwariye and Mike Ford to slow down the Titans' passing game.
Roberts (hip) did not practice Thursday.
Roberts has yet to resume practicing since he was forced out of last Sunday's loss to the Packers due to a hip injury. With Jeff Okudah (groin) already done for the year, it would be a notable blow for Detroit's secondary if Roberts were forced to miss Week 15.
Roberts has been forced out of Sunday's game against the Packers due to a hip injury, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Roberts' injury represents yet another notable loss for Detroit's secondary, a unit that just lost Jeff Okudah (groin) for the season. For the time being, Amani Oruwariye and Mike Ford will be candidates to handle increased snaps.
Roberts (hip) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
The cornerback is now set to return after a four-game absence. Roberts, who has played pivotal snaps in two games this season, could see another boost in playing time with Jeff Okudah (shoulder) sidelined.
The Lions designated Roberts (hip) for return from injured reserve Wednesday.
Roberts' hip injury has kept him sidelined since Week 8, and the Lions will now have a 21-day window to evaluate him for a return to the active roster. With Desmond Trufant (hamstring) having been placed on IR, it would be a notable boon for Detroit's secondary if Roberts can make a quick comeback.
The Lions placed Roberts (hip) on injured reserve Saturday, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
Roberts has been playing through a hip injury for over a month, and the Lions have opted to shut him down for at least three weeks in hopes that he'll come back at full strength. Perhaps making the decision easier, both Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman have shaken off hamstring injuries and will start at cornerback moving forward. Jeff Okudah and Amani Oruwariye should continue to handle decent workloads, too.
Roberts (groin/hip) is active for Sunday's game versus the Colts.
Roberts will avoid missing time despite a pair of injuries. His role in Detroit's secondary has fluctuated this season, and he could lose some snaps with Justin Coleman returning Sunday from a hamstring injury, as Amani Oruwariye and Jeff Okudah could both jump Roberts in the cornerback pecking order.
Roberts (groin/hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports
Roberts wasn't listed on the injury report to begin the week, but he's now logged back-to-back limited practices. If he's able to suit up against the Colts, the size of his role will likely depend on whether Desmond Trufant (hamstring) is available for the Lions.
Roberts (groin/hip) was held to limited participation during the Lions' practice session Thursday.
Roberts had been labeled as questionable with a hip injury heading into Detroit's Week 4 matchup against the Saints, but he ultimately logged his first start of the season during that contest while fielding 32 defensive snaps. The issue has seemingly been stubborn in nature, as Roberts is still battling with it after nearly a month. Nevertheless, the Marshall product has been active for every game this season, collecting 20 tackles, three pass deflections and an interception through six appearances.
Roberts (hip) is active for Sunday's game versus the Saints.
Roberts' role could take a hit with Desmond Trufant (hamstring) returning to the lineup, especially considering Roberts has allowed a 125.4 passer rating and two touchdowns when targeted this year. If he does indeed lose reps, it'll be because rookie first-rounder Jeff Okudah stepped up in the No. 3 CB role.
Roberts (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Saints, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Roberts popped up on the injury report with a hip issue Thursday, and he was limited for the Lions' final two practices of the week. If he's able to play through it Sunday, his role will likely depend on whether Desmond Trufant (hamstring) suits up.
Roberts (hip) was added to the Lions' injury report Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Roberts started at nickelback the past two games with Justin Coleman (hamstring) on injured reserve. The Lions' struggling defense will be in extra trouble if he is unable to be cleared in time for Sunday's game against the Saints.
The Lions have signed Roberts to a one-year contract, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Roberts, who logged a career-high 63 tackles in 13 games for the Jets last season, will provide the Lions with added cornerback depth. The 29-year-old entered the league as a seventh-round pick by the Patriots in 2015, making him the latest Detroit roster addition with New England ties.
Roberts was released by the Jets on Saturday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Roberts started 10 games in 2019 and had a career-high 63 tackles (58 solo), but the team opted to cut him with no guaranteed money remaining on his deal. The 29-year-old spent the first four seasons of his career with the Jets but appears headed elsewhere in 2020.
Roberts finished the 2019 season with a career-high 63 tackles and added one interception.
Roberts dressed in 13 games this past season, starting 10 of those. The 29-year-old cornerback will compete for playing time in 2020 given New York's underwhelming alternatives at his position, and the Jets still owe Roberts more than $13 million over the next two seasons.
Roberts recorded seven solo tackles and a pass defensed in Thursday's 42-21 loss to Baltimore.
Roberts tied with James Burgess for the team lead in tackles. The veteran defensive back has consecutive seven-tackle games under his belt and has now reached that mark on six different occasions this season.
Roberts is expected to start at safety Sunday against the Dolphins, Connor Hughes of the Athletic reports.
Jamal Adams (ankle) is inactive Week 14, and Roberts is expected to take over at free safety while Marcus Maye moves to strong safety. Roberts played nearly every defensive snap through the first eight games at cornerback, but he played only eight defensive snaps over the last four games due to a calf injury. The 29-year-old also filled in at safety last season for the Jets.
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