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Andre Roberts wants to return punts and kicks for the Redskins

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When wide receiver Andre Roberts signed with the Redskins as a free agent, the expectation was that he’d join Pierre Garçon to form the team’s starting receiver tandem.

Then came DeSean Jackson’s release in Philly and subsequent arrival in Washington, an unexpected change in circumstances that bumped Roberts down the depth chart back to the third receiver spot he hoped he’d left behind in Arizona. Part of Roberts’ response to that shift has been to talk to special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica about expanding his portfolio in that area.

“He has me doing punts and kicks right now,” Roberts said, via CSNWashington.com. “I would like to be the kick returner and the punt returner but, you know, everybody doesn’t get what they want. Preferably, probably kick returner.”

Roberts had some experience with both while with the Cardinals, but it’s never been a regular part of his job description in the NFL. He should still see plenty of work at receiver, which could allow the Redskins to extract even more value from the four-year deal they reached early in free agency.

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13 Responses to “Andre Roberts wants to return punts and kicks for the Redskins”
  1. baddegg says: Jun 16, 2014 8:48 AM

    Wow, great attitude. If Special Teams is largely about desire, why not try him out?

    No matter what, like his attitude.

    Third receiver may not be too bad anyway. Garcon, Jackson and Reed are likely to get a lot of attention…that could set up a potentially productive season for Roberts…

  2. skins2357 says: Jun 16, 2014 8:58 AM

    gotta be one of the best WR groups in the NFL.

    Garcon/DJax/Roberts/Hankerson/Moss

    Combine that with an emerging, mismatch problem at TE (Reed) and 1500 yard back (Morris) and they have the weapons. This is the year we find out if RG3 is the real deal or not. You always hear that teams need to give their young QB “weapons”, well RG3 cant get any more….he might have the most “weapons” in the NFL

  3. scoonie97 says: Jun 16, 2014 9:01 AM

    Redskins news not about RG3 or the insensitive name? What’s going on?

  4. ravanator says: Jun 16, 2014 9:01 AM

    R-Words will be 3-13 again this season. This team will be irrelevant for many more years. They have good recievers, just no one to throw them the ball. Cheers!

    #ravensownthenfl
    #griffinisabust

  5. 6250claimer says: Jun 16, 2014 9:42 AM

    You guys have obviously never seen Roberts play. Consistently comes through with the clutch drop, right when the QB lays it squarely in his hands on 3rd & 10. There’s a reason the Cards let him walk.

  6. yournameisoffensive says: Jun 16, 2014 9:43 AM

    R-Words will be 3-13 again this season. This team will be irrelevant for many more years. They have good recievers, just no one to throw them the ball. Cheers!

    You are right the Ravens will be 3-13 and that Flacco is a terrible QB but they only have Torrey Smith.

  7. jackburton77 says: Jun 16, 2014 9:47 AM

    Not shocking to see the Ravens fans mirror the team.

    #absolutetrash

  8. mikeevans2012 says: Jun 16, 2014 11:07 AM

    “You always hear that teams need to give their young QB “weapons”, well RG3 cant get any more….he might have the most “weapons” in the NFL”

    RG will still have a suspect O-line imo, and his footwork will need to be worlds better than last year. It remains to be seen whether he can be a trulky effective pocket QB which is why they paid too much for him again, imho.

  9. jackburton77 says: Jun 16, 2014 11:56 AM

    An agile athletic track star can probably fix his “footwork” very quickly, with the proper coaching. Shouldn’t be a concern.

    Paid too much for him? The kid came out and won the division in his rookie season? It’s hilarious that the “what have you done lately” mentality completely flushes any history down the proverbial commode. He was injured and that coaching staff made ZERO adjustments during the entire season.

    It’s ignorant to hang that one on Griffin.

  10. skinsfan91 says: Jun 16, 2014 3:01 PM

    Andre Roberts doesn’t have hands? Here’s a quote from a Cardinals fan taken off the Cardinals official message board.

    Originally Posted by Cardinals
    He had some of the best hands I’ve ever seen

    he hardly dropped anything in his direction.”

    So yeah, get lost you jealous you don’t have RGIII, hater.

  11. iamdinguskhan says: Jun 16, 2014 3:55 PM

    Let the haters keep hating…
    REDSKINS will shut them up where it really counts….on the field.
    They can hate the REDSKINS from the couch playoff time.
    #REDSKINS 2014 NFC East Champs!!
    HTTR!!

  12. iamdinguskhan says: Jun 16, 2014 4:25 PM

    Why the hate Ravens fan?
    Don’t worry Skins have nothing but love for their little sisters in the north.
    HTTR!

  13. skins1970 says: Jun 17, 2014 1:37 AM

    Why do the Ravens fans even care about what he Skins do? They should worry about their team they have alot of problems to fix.

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