Bills were excited to add “impact” returner in Andre Roberts

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The kickoff may be going out of fashion, but the Bills were eager to add return man Andre Roberts this offseason.

If nothing else, it was just to keep him from hurting them again.

He kicked our butts here,” Bills quarterback Josh Allen said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News.

In December, Roberts averaged 35.2 yards on five returns, including an 86-yarder that set up a touchdown in a Jets win on the road. That was part of an All-Pro season, in which Roberts led the league in kickoff return yards (1,174), was second in average (29.4), and led the league in punt return average (14.1).

And the 31-year-old is hoping to make the same kind of impression for the Bills.

“I feel like I’m going to impact the team in a big way,” Roberts said. “I think the return spot is a very special part of special teams.

“I know I’m going to have the ball in my hands a lot. There’s a lot of people’s jobs on the line when it’s kicked, so I take a lot of pride in it and I work hard and be the best I can be.”

He proved last year he has value, which is why the Bills made the early move to bring him in as part of their offseason overhaul.

12 responses to “Bills were excited to add “impact” returner in Andre Roberts

  1. Smart move by the Bills. Need to improve the return game so go and get the best guy among your Division rivals. Doesn’t happen very often.

  2. As a fan of another AFC East team who watches them play the Patriots twice a year I can say no team will beat the Patriots until they stop getting special treatment from the refs and Goodell.

  3. The league has done a great job making kick returns nearly useless. Not entirely but almost. It’s a shame too. Kick returns used to to really impact games potentially

  4. Kick returners are seriously undervalued, especially if you have a good one. A guy like that is a game changer. A guy like Devin Hester could flip the field at any time and the opposing team knew that. When you have a guy like that the guys block harder knowing that all he needs is a little space and he’s gone. People may not watch all of the game but when it was time for Hester to come out, you watched because, like Barry Sanders, you just never knew what he was going to do. If Hester isn’t in the HoF it’s a shame. That guy was excitement personified.

  5. Smart signing. Roberts is a solid, under-the-radar asset on the field and all around good guy who can teach young players the right way to play the game. Was really sorry to lose him in Arizona, but at least he’s had a career post-Cardinals and he’s taken with him valuable lessons learned under Larry Fitzgerald. Happy for Roberts and the Bills. Unfortunately the AFC is a pretty tough road to hoe.

  6. vaphinfan says:
    July 5, 2019 at 8:51 am

    As a fan of another AFC East team who watches them play the Patriots twice a year I can say no team will beat the Patriots until they stop getting special treatment from the refs and Goodell.
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    The Dolphins beat NE last year on that lateral play to go 7-6 on the season and, if they had won their last 3 or even 2 out of 3 had a chance to either beat NE for the division, or make the playoffs as a WC.

    Instead they proceeded to get blown out against the lowly Jets, a Jags team that finished 5-11 and a Bills team that finished 6-10.

    Can you explain to us how this is Goodell’s fault or has anything to do with the Patriots getting special treatment?

  7. Instead they proceeded to get blown out against the lowly Jets, a Jags team that finished 5-11 and a Bills team that finished 6-10.

    They swept the Jets…. you missed Minnesota at the end of the season.

  8. Gilbera says:
    July 5, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Instead they proceeded to get blown out against the lowly Jets, a Jags team that finished 5-11 and a Bills team that finished 6-10.

    They swept the Jets…. you missed Minnesota at the end of the season.
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    Yes. The Dolphins got absolutely destroyed by a Vikings team that finished 8-7-1.

  9. Roberts will either fizzle or blow up depending on how well the guys blocking for him play this year. The Jets had a solid ST core in 2018, So if Buffalo can mimic that group he’ll be successful.
    Regardless, Taking him away as an opponent was crucial… He did a lot of damage to the Bills last year.
    Another solid move by Beane.

  10. He has 253 catches for 2990 yds in his career. 17 tds. Yes. He can catch. The Bills pouty catch incentives in his contract, so expect him to play wideout.

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