Andre Roberts (American football)

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Andre Roberts
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Roberts with the Washington Redskins in 2015
No. 19 – Atlanta Falcons
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1988-01-09) January 9, 1988 (age 29)
Columbia, South Carolina
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Columbia (SC) Spring Valley
College: The Citadel
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 88
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2017
Receptions: 244
Receiving yards: 2,911
Receiving touchdowns: 14
Total return yards: 3,214
Return touchdowns: 3
Player stats at

Andre McXavier Roberts (born January 9, 1988) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at The Citadel and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Roberts has also played for the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions.

Early years[edit]

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Roberts attended Spring Valley High School, where he was a two-sport star in football and track. He earned All-region and All-area honors as a senior and led the Vikings to the regional championship and state semi-finals. He earned MVP honors for his performance in the 2005 North-South All-Star game.

In addition to football, Roberts lettered in track & field while at Spring Valley, leading his team to the state championship in 2003 and a second-place finish as a senior, the season he captured All-State recognition. He posted personal-bests of 11.2 in the 100-meter dash,[1] 21.91 in the 200-meter dash[2] and 48.60 in the 400-meter dash.[3]

College career[edit]

Roberts attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina from 2006 to 2009, where he played football and ran track. During his career, he had 286 receptions for 3,743 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Roberts joined The Citadel outdoor track team in Mid-March, 2007, earning his first Penn Relays Championship watch. He made his debut at the Furman Invitational (4/07), as he finished third in the 400-meters, running 50.91. Also at Furman, he finished second in the 200-meters with a time of 23.49. He ran a collegiate-best 200-meter time of 23.05 at the Chanticleer Invitational (4/14). He ran the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter relay that clocked 41.94 at the Southern Conference Champion-ships (4/22), garnering All-Conference honors. Also ran the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter relay team that won at the Penn Relays for the fifth consecutive time in Citadel history.[4] He graduated in three and a half years with a degree in accounting.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 78 in
(1.83 m)
195 lb
(88 kg)
31 12 in
(0.80 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
4.46 s 4.15 s 6.77 s 10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Roberts was drafted in the third round with the 88th overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Roberts started out his rookie season playing limited time as a punt returner. As the season went on, Roberts started playing more snaps and started to move into the second receiver slot. He caught his first NFL touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings, a 27-24 loss in OT. He caught his second NFL touchdown, a 74-yard completion, on Christmas Day against the Dallas Cowboys, a game that was won in the last minute 27-26.

Washington Redskins[edit]

Roberts with the Washington Redskins in 2014

On March 11, 2014, Roberts and the Washington Redskins agreed to terms on a four-year contract, worth roughly $16 million.[7][8] The contract was finalized the next day.[9] Later that month, Roberts made a $12,000 donation to the Kirk Cousins Football Camp, allowing Roberts the rights to wear number 12, which he wore for four seasons in Arizona.[10] He originally signed with the intention to be the Redskins' number two wide receiver, opposite of Pierre Garçon, but became the number three receiver after the signing of DeSean Jackson. He also became the team's new return specialist.[11]

In the Week 4, 45-14 loss against the New York Giants, Roberts scored one of the only two Redskins' scores in the game after catching an 18-yard pass from Cousins.[12] It was his first touchdown with the Redskins.

In Week 11 of the 2015 season, Roberts returned a kick 99 yards for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers.[13] On December 21, 2015, he was placed on injured reserve with an knee injury, ending his season.[14]

Roberts was released by the Redskins on May 17, 2016.[15]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On June 13, 2016, Roberts signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.[16]

On October 2, 2016, Roberts returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On March 14, 2017, Roberts signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.[17]

On September 10, 2017, in his Falcons debut, Roberts was the kickoff and punt returner in the 23–17 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.[18]


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  5. ^ Person, Joseph (April 25, 2010). "Andre Roberts' NFL dream comes true". Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ NFL Combine Profile
  7. ^ Brinson, Will. "WR Andre Roberts agrees to deal with Redskins". Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Finlay, JP (March 11, 2014). "Andre Roberts "elated" to join the Redskins". Archived from the original on March 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  9. ^ Tinsman, Brian (March 12, 2014). "It's Official: Andre Roberts Signs Contract". Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  10. ^ Walker, Andrew. "Kirk Cousins Switches Back To Trusty No. 8". The Redskin Blog. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Jones, Mike (September 4, 2014). "Andre Roberts to return kicks and punts for Redskins". Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  12. ^ Jones, Mike (September 26, 2014). "Kirk Cousins has five turnovers, Eli Manning has five TDs, and Giants top Redskins, 45-14". Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
  13. ^ Kring-Schreifels, Jake (November 23, 2015). "Andre Roberts' Return Makes No. 1 Run Of The Week". Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  14. ^ Czarda, Stephen (December 21, 2015). "Redskins Place Andre Roberts On Injured Reserve". Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  15. ^ Orr, Conor. "Redskins release wideout Andre Roberts". Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  16. ^ Orr, Conor (June 13, 2016). "Lions sign Andre Roberts, will visit with Anquan Boldin". Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  17. ^ Crabtree, Curtis (March 14, 2017). "Report: Andre Roberts signs one-year deal with Falcons". 
  18. ^ "Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears - September 10th, 2017". Retrieved 2 October 2017. 

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