Before we turn all of our thoughts toward free agency, the NFL Draft and the 2016 season. Breaking Burgundy will put a bow on the Washington Redskins NFC East-winning 2015 campaign, player report card style. Peter Hailey on the highlights, lowlights and what the immediate future holds for all members of the Burgundy and Gold though he took a more expanded look at...
Player: Andre Roberts
Position: Wide Receiver
Contract Status: Two years left on a four-year deal
Preseason buzz: There was the thought that Roberts would compete with Jamison Crowder for playing time both at receiver and at punt returner. But there was no competition. Crowder took both roles before the season started, and left Roberts on the bench. Now, it looks like Crowder may have pushed Roberts onto the street as well.
Ended 2015 as: An injured wideout who missed the team’s last five games because of a knee injury, but one who probably wouldn’t have done much anyway had he been healthy. The veteran followed up an OK debut year with the Redskins with a far worse sequel (we’re talkingHangover II levels of disappointment). He wrapped up 2015 posting career lows across the board and without a receiving touchdown.
Season highs: There was one highlight for the 28-year-old — his 99-yard kickoff return TD against the Panthers in November. It may have been the most shocking play of the team’s season, considering how little Roberts was playing at that stretch of the schedule, but it was impressive nonetheless.
Season lows: Essentially, everything besides that score against Carolina. For someone who was signed to be an up-and-coming third option last offseason behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon, Roberts has been a complete flop thus far.
Grade: F. Sorry to come across as a strict high school math teacher, but even his one impact play didn’t change much, and aside from that, he was a total non-factor. As a Redskin, he’s become famous for being targeted a bunch, and capitalizing on those targets only every (every) so often.
2016 expectations: Cutting Roberts before June 1 saves the team a pretty good amount of cash, so look for that to happen. Sure, there’s an argument to be made that behind the top three, there isn’t a whole lot of experience at the position, but even then, he’s just not worth keeping around. Look for Washington to draft a receiver or two in April, and then look for them to part ways with Roberts after that.
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