A lot for Michael Roberts serving to the New England Patriots with their tight finish scenario. The third-year professional was acquired from the Detroit Lions on Thursday in change for a 2020 conditional seventh-round draft choose.
However NFL trades are conditional as properly — and because the Lions cryptically introduced Friday, “Roberts reverted again to the crew’s roster, per commerce circumstances.”
As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Roberts failed a bodily with the Patriots following the deal. That’s an necessary situation! If it wasn’t already clear that the Lions didn’t need Roberts after buying and selling him, the crew subsequently waived Roberts upon having to take him again. That’s a reasonably tough 36 hours for the man.
What precisely brought about Roberts to fail his bodily with the Patriots isn’t clear, however he did have shoulder surgical procedure final December so it appears seemingly that’s the place the problem lies. Roberts, 25, performed in solely eight video games with Detroit final season due to that shoulder. He compiled solely 9 receptions for 100 yards.
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Nonetheless, three of these catches had been for touchdowns, offering a reminder of Roberts’ potential as a giant purple zone goal. (He’s listed at 6-foot-5 and 265 kilos.) Throughout his senior yr at Toledo, Roberts caught an eye-opening 16 touchdowns amongst his 45 receptions and 533 yards. He seemed to be a very good worth choose for the Lions within the fourth spherical of the 2017 draft.
But regardless of his measurement, Roberts by no means developed into the blocker that the Lions projected. The emphasis on that a part of his recreation could have damage him as a receiver too.
So the Patriots will proceed searching for extra assist in changing Rob Gronkowski. Since Roberts is now obtainable on waivers, it’s potential that New England may signal him and nonetheless give him a shot at making the roster. However the different 31 NFL groups must cross on him and if Roberts failed a bodily with the Patriots, he may not meet one other membership’s medical requirements both. Nonetheless, It’s value noting that he participated in OTAs with no reported issues.
Maybe New England may even take this as an indication to see how Matt LaCosse and Stephen Anderson develop in coaching camp as a potential tight finish mixture. Moreover, the Patriots will get Ben Watson again after he serves a four-game PED suspension. Austin Seferian-Jenkins may additionally return after the one-month private depart he requested. We’ll see if he’s welcomed again to Foxborough in late July when the Patriots start coaching camp.
And there’s nonetheless the chance that Gronkowski may return — one thing many Patriots coaches and executives anticipate to occur as soon as the common season is underway.
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