Would Andre Roberts have signed with the Redskins if they already had DeSean Jackson?


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Andre Roberts has already made it clear that he thought he was signing with the Redskins to be their No. 2 receiver, and then they signed DeSean Jackson, and so his situation that changed.

Still, it’s a topic that’s hard to ignore, and so Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Roberts was asked whether that Jackson signing would have played a role in his decision had the chronological order been reversed.

“I think so,” Roberts said on The SiriusXM Blitz. “I think it would have played a role. But at the end of the day, we all know how the NFL works. And decisions are made that are out of your control. So when he signed there, I just had a different outlook on it. I think I’ll still be able to help the team out a lot and be a playmaker for this team.”

Roberts, in fact, went on to say how he would get better defensive looks thanks to Jackson. And so why did he choose the Redskins?

“I think they were just the best opportunity for me,” he said. “I mean, obviously anywhere I would go it would be a new system, but with RGIII being young and them starting to build a younger team, and me being 26 and feeling like I’m just getting into my prime, I felt like I’d be able to grow with a quarterback in RGIII and help a young team out to be successful.”

Later, Roberts talked about Griffin’s mindset this offseason.

“He’s healthy now and he’s definitely excited,” Roberts said. “He’s one of those guys that has a chip on his shoulder, and we would expect him to be that way, especially how last year was with a 3-13 season. We’re all excited for him to come back and help us win, and just for our team to rally around him and help him be the player that he’s definitely capable of being.”

Finally Roberts was asked if Washington has the best pass-catching group in the NFL.

“I think you can argue that on paper,” he said. “We have a lot of different weapons on our team, and like you said, with two tight ends and all our receivers, you can definitely argue that we have the best pass-catching group in the NFL. Definitely in the top five.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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