When Andre Roberts signed with the Washington Redskins, he envisioned himself as the No. 2 receiver in a pass-first offense. Unfortunately, that was quickly changed once DeSean Jackson entered the picture.
Now, it is apparent that Jackson and Pierre Garçon will be the headlining acts, relegating Roberts to a much-reduced roll.
“Well, I envisioned one thing and then we singed DeSean Jackson,” Roberts told ESPN 980’s Inside the Locker Room back in April. “So, I haven’t really thought [about my role] to much. Like I said, I’m just trying to learn this playbook and learn every position, as I was asked to do. And whenever the season starts, I’ll be ready to go.”
A couple months later, Roberts is still questioning whether Washington was the right choice for him.
“I think so, I think it would have played a role,” Roberts said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, when asked if he would have made a different decision had Jackson already been on the roster. “But at end of the day, we all know how the NFL works. And decisions are made that are out of your control. So when [Jackson] signed there, I just had a different out look on it.”
That said, he understands that this receiving corps can do some real damage. Even with two star receivers on the outside, Roberts will get his fair of receptions, too.
“It definitely helps matchup-wise,” Roberts said. “I had the opportunity to play with Larry [Fitzgerald] and, most of the time, he takes those No. 1 corners out there and leaves you with one-on-one matchups with No. 2 or No. 3 [defensive backs]. So playing with Pierre and playing with DeSean, I’ll definitely have some nice matchups, inside and outside.”
And all that is without considering Jordon Reed, one of the up-and-coming stars at the tight end position. With the four of them in the picture, Roberts believes they have one of the best pass-catching corps in the league.
“I think you can argue that on paper,” Roberts said. “We have a lot of different weapons on our team. … You can definitely argue that we have the best pass-catching group in the NFL. Definitely the top-5.”
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