Bills receiver Andre Roberts believes he will make big impact as a returner
Andre Roberts may be a wide receiver by nominal position, but at this point of his career, he is almost exclusively a kick returner, and a pretty darn good one at that.
Roberts was terrific in that role this past season, in fact, that he made the Pro Bowl and earned a First-Team All-Pro selection with the New York Jets. He then landed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Bills in free agency.
The 31-year-old may not be a household name, but he is ready to bring a lot to the table with the Bills.
“I feel like I’m going to impact the team in a big way,” said Roberts, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News. “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.”‘
If any team knows how lethal of a returner Roberts is, it’s Buffalo.
Back on Dec. 9 during a 27-23 loss to the Jets, Roberts gashed the Bills for a 35.2 yard average on five kickoff returns, including an 86-yarder that set up a touchdown in the second quarter.
“He kicked our butts here,” said Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
On the season overall, Roberts racked up 1,174 kick return yards to lead the NFL, punching in a kick return touchdown. Not only that, but Roberts totaled 324 punt return yards and took a punt to the house, as well.