WR Andre Roberts more confident in his role with Redskins


Andre Roberts works on an end zone dance during OTAs in June. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

RICHMOND – Andre Roberts signed with the Washington Redskins back in March with the expectation of serving as Robert Griffin III’s No. 2 wide receiver behind Pierre Garcon. But he started having questions about his role when the team signed DeSean Jackson a few weeks later.

The introduction to the offense that Roberts received during the offseason – when he, Garcon and Jackson shared the field and lined up in a number of different positions – helped set his mind at ease. Now, in training camp, Roberts aims to develop the necessary chemistry with Griffin and his fellow receivers while cementing his role.

“I knew I was going to be involved on offense, it was just a matter of how much and where they’re going to put me,” Roberts said. “I’m not really worried about that. I know I’m going to be a big part of this offense regardless of where I am.”

He added, “Coming into a new system as a receiver, obviously you have to learn new plays and a new system. But I think with Jay Gruden’s offense, I’m going to be all over the place, just like DeSean and Pierre. I’m just ready to learn.”

Roberts joked that all of the wide receivers are trying to win the honor of being Griffin’s favorite target. But he also noted that Griffin has done a good job of spreading the ball around, and that the offense features plenty of opportunities for the play-makers.

Roberts also hopes to carve out a key role on special teams as a kick and punt returner. He entered camp competing with as many as five other players for those roles.

Roberts prefers kick return to punt return because he believes the extra space to work with presents him with more opportunities to make plays. But he has confidence in his ability as a punt returner as well.

“We’ll see. I want to do both. They make me choose, I’d rather do kick, but we’ll see what happens,” Roberts said. “I’m a quick and fast guy. Both of the guys back there that are making plays are explosive, quick and fast, and I think I have all of those.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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