Around the League  

 

Redskins' Andre Roberts: I wanted to be the No. 2 WR

The DeSean Jackson signing in Washington gives the Redskins a collection of weapons on offense the equal of any team in the conference.



Build your own mock draft:
Make your best guesses here for all 32 picks of the first round of the NFL Draft and you could win a trip to attend the 2014 NFL Kickoff game. Play now ...

Third-year quarterback Robert Griffin III is a Grade A bounce-back candidate with the former Eagles wideout added to the likes of Pierre Garcon, tight end Jordan Reed and the newly signed Andre Roberts.

As for his role in the big party, Roberts acknowledged this week, "I envisioned one thing and then we signed DeSean Jackson."

"That's how the league is; that's how the league works," he told WTEM-AM on Thursday, per ESPN.com's John Keim. "Going into my situation, I wanted to be the No. 2 receiver. But I still don't know how it's going to work out. Obviously, when you look at how much money is being made (by) each guy, you'd think that's going to be (the) No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3."

The 'Skins handed Roberts a four-year, $16 million deal with $8 million in guarantees. Jackson will make $16 million guaranteed over the next two seasons.

Roberts has been here before. He saw his chances with the Arizona Cardinals dip from 837 snaps and 114 targets in 2012 to 605 snaps and 73 looks last season in an offense featuring Michael Floyd as one of the league's more intriguing second fiddles. "It was definitely frustrating," Roberts said.

The good news is that new coach Jay Gruden had a track record in Cincinnati of distributing the ball to plenty of targets. After A.J. Green's 98 catches last season, Giovani Bernard (56), Marvin Jones (51), Mohamed Sanu (47) and Jermaine Gresham (46) all had their share of opportunities.

Jackson joining the mix likely means a more defined slot role for Roberts -- and, yes, fewer snaps -- but all four of Washington's primary pass-catchers have the ability to puncture defenses deep. In a league where teams are making three-receiver sets their bread and butter, the difference between No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 means less than it used to.

In the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast," the guys continue the offseason Roster Reset series by breaking down the NFC West and AFC South.

Fan Discussion

NFL News
CONTENT
15