Andre Roberts

Los Angeles Chargers
Wide Receiver #19
Los Angeles Chargers
Wide Receiver #19

Andre Roberts News

Signs with Chargers

Roberts signed a contract with the Chargers on Thursday.

Analysis: Roberts was let go by the Texans on Monday but will now have a week and a half to learn the Chargers' system prior to the Week 8 matchup against the Patriots on Oct. 31. He'll presumably serve as the primary kick returner if Nasir Adderley (hip) is unable to return after the bye week.

Oct 21, 2021 3:14 PM EST

Drawing interest from Chargers

The Chargers are expected to sign Roberts on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Roberts was released by the Texans on Monday and appears to have quickly found a new team. Nasir Adderley, the Chargers primary kick returner and starting free safety, had to leave Week 6 early with a hip injury, so if Roberts is signed, then he may take over return duties when the Chargers return from their bye week.

Oct 20, 2021 11:29 AM EST

Let go by Houston

Roberts was released by the Texans on Monday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Roberts was utilized primarily as a kick and punt returner through the first six weeks of the season, racking up 386 kick return yards and 33 punt return yards. He also hauled in one catch for 35 yards. Roberts will now look for work elsewhere following a brief stint with his seventh different NFL team.

Oct 18, 2021 8:07 PM EST

Should help replace Amendola

Roberts is expected to see more reps in three-receiver sets Sunday against the Patriots with Danny Amendola (thigh) inactive for the contest, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Houston's decision to release Anthony Miller earlier this week hinted that Amendola would likely be ready to play after missing the previous two contests, but the veteran slot man will ultimately sit out another game. Brandin Cooks and Chris Conley are locked in as starting receivers for Houston, and Roberts looks like the top candidate to fill out the No. 3 wideout spot ahead of Chris Moore and Davion Davis, who have combined to play just two snaps on offense this season. Roberts, meanwhile, has played 22 offensive snaps through Houston's first four games, recording a 35-yard reception across two targets.

Oct 10, 2021 9:29 AM EST

Forced into duty

Roberts caught one of two targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 31-21 loss to Cleveland.

Analysis: Roberts is normally a return specialist and played fewer than 200 offensive snaps in each season since 2016, but he was forced into action Sunday after injuries to Nico Collins (shoulder) and Danny Amendola (hamstring). This is the byproduct of carrying five running backs on the 53-man roster; the Texans only have six wide receivers and one, Roberts, is a return specialist. Collins and Amendola joined Anthony Miller, who was healthy but inactive after dealing with a shoulder injury during preseason, on the sidelines, forcing Houston offensive coordinator Tim Kelly to adapt.

Sep 20, 2021 6:01 AM EST

Absent from injury report

Roberts (knee) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: Coach David Culley previously said Roberts was expected to be available for the season opener, so it's not a major surprise to see him clear of the injury report. The 33-year-old is expected to handle return duties and work as a depth wideout during his first year in Houston.

Sep 8, 2021 6:49 PM EST

On track for regular-season opener

Coach David Culley said Monday that Roberts (knee) is on track for Sept. 12's season opener against the Jaguars, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Analysis: Culley said Roberts, who was sidelined for all of Houston's preseason matchups, "is progressing well." Per independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson, Roberts dealt with a bruised knee and had it drained. It will be a notable boon for the Texans if the Pro Bowl return specialist is indeed able to avoid missing any regular-season time.

Aug 30, 2021 2:17 PM EST

Dealing with bruised knee

Roberts has been absent from practice as he rehabs from a bruised knee, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Roberts was held out of all the Texans' preseason contests with an unknown injury which has now been disclosed as a bruised knee. Despite his inactivity there is no concern that he won't be ready for Week 1. The 33-year-old return specialist has amassed 200-plus punt-return yards in five straight seasons.

Aug 29, 2021 8:48 AM EST

Not yet practicing

Roberts hasn't been at practice recently for an unspecified reason, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Roberts was held out of each of Houston's first two preseason games, and he apparently hasn't joined the team for practice recently. While the Texans haven't given a reason for the 33-year-old's absence, he's expected to be ready by Week 1. Assuming he's healthy for the start of the regular season, Roberts is expected to serve as the primary return man and depth at receiver.

Aug 26, 2021 9:44 AM EST

Will not play Saturday

Roberts will not play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Packers, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: It has not been reported that Roberts is dealing with an injury, so it would appear the veteran is simply getting the night off. Roberts is in line to serve as the Texans' primary return man and as a reserve receiver for his new team.

Aug 14, 2021 4:21 PM EST

Signs on with Houston

Roberts is signing a two-year contract with the Texans, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The contract reportedly is worth up to $5.95 million, though some of that may be in unlikely-to-be-earned incentives. Roberts has primarily served as a return specialist throughout the second half of his career, reaching the Pro Bowl three straight seasons from 2018 to 2020. It's an odd luxury signing for a team that otherwise seems to be rebuilding, unless they for some reason think Roberts can re-emerge as a receiving threat in his age-33 campaign.

Mar 15, 2021 11:26 AM EST

Ready for primetime

Roberts (back) practiced fully Saturday after being limited in this week's other practice and does not have an injury designation for Monday's game at New England.

Analysis: The elite return man will resume his normal kickoff and punt return duties in the Monday Night Football matchup. Roberts leads the NFL by a good margin with 1,173 total return yards this season.

Dec 26, 2020 12:43 PM EST

Working through back injury

Roberts, who exited the Week 15 win over the Broncos with a back injury, was listed as a limited participant on Thursday's practice report.

Analysis: Roberts has proven time after time that he's one of the league's best return men, so the Bills would love to have him back as close to full health as possible as they try to sweep the season series against the Patriots on Monday for the first time since 1999.

Dec 24, 2020 12:55 PM EST

Cleared to play in Week 14

Roberts (Achilles) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Roberts upgraded to a full practice Friday after a pair of limited sessions, clearing him to suit up. He has just two catches this season, but Roberts' value comes primarily as a return man on special teams, as he earned Pro Bowl honors in that role in each of the previous two campaigns.

Dec 11, 2020 11:51 AM EST

Limited second straight day

Roberts was limited for the second consecutive day Thursday due to an Achilles injury.

Analysis: Coach Sean McDermott tends to take it easy on his veterans, especially this time of year, so while Roberts' injury is something to keep an eye on, we're optimistic about him playing in such a big upcoming matchup this week when the Bills take on the Steelers.

Dec 10, 2020 12:37 PM EST

Limited with Achilles injury

Roberts (Achilles) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: This is the first mention of an Achilles injury for Roberts. The veteran return specialist's practice participation will be worth monitoring ahead of Sunday's high-profile matchup with the Steelers, but there's little to suggest that his status for the game is in danger at this point.

Dec 9, 2020 12:48 PM EST

Kick return guru

Roberts returned four kickoffs for 111 yards and three punts for 26 yards in Sunday's win over the Chargers.

Analysis: The game got fairly close in the second half, so Roberts' return yardage became a big difference maker in the contest. While he barely contributes on offense -- he has just two catches on three targets all season -- Roberts leads the league with 909 return yards and is about as good as it gets if your league uses those categories. Roberts led the league in 2018 with 1,498 total return yards and was second in 2019 with 887.

Dec 1, 2020 9:21 PM EST

Ready to play Tuesday

Roberts (ankle) is active for Tuesday's game versus the Titans.

Analysis: Roberts was limited during Saturday's session and has proven he's healthy enough to play in the rare Tuesday outing. The veteran receiver could enjoy some extra reps on offense with John Brown (knee) sitting out, but he'll mainly work as a kick and punt returner.

Oct 13, 2020 2:36 PM EST

Questionable for Week 5

Roberts (ankle) was a limited participant for Saturday's walkthrough practice and is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game in Tennessee, the Bills official site reports.

Analysis: Roberts doesn't see much action on offense, but he's one of the best return men in the league and consistently puts the Bills' suddenly high-powered offense in good field position, so his presence is important toward the team's chances of starting out 5-0.

Oct 10, 2020 12:45 PM EST

DNP to start week

Roberts (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Roberts appears to have suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's win over the Raiders, during which he caught his first target of the season for six yards. If the veteran special-teams ace were forced to miss any time, Isaiah McKenzie would stand to take over as Buffalo's top return man.

Oct 7, 2020 1:04 PM EST

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