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Andre Roberts was superfluous in Arizona, with Larry Fitzgerald restructuring his deal to stick around and burgeoning star Michael Floyd becoming a 1,000-yard receiver in year two. With the Washington Redskins, Roberts is a starter and a potential game-breaker for young quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Roberts won't be a mere extra for new head coach Jay Gruden, who spoke to The Washington Post's Mike Jones at the NFL owners meetings this week in Orlando, Fla.:
I think Andre is an exciting player because he can play inside and outside, and he can give you a lot of things. He hasn't been asked to return a lot of punts because they have Patrick Peterson and the Honey Badger. But we might ask him to get back there and return some punts also. Very versatile guy, and I'm expecting big things from him.
Roberts' ex-coach Ken Whisenhunt reflected on his former player to The Post as well:
He's a great, great young player. Very tough competitor. I thought he was a good leader and a good player for me when I was there. I have a lot of respect for what he's done, and I'm glad he's getting an opportunity in Washington.
... The thing I liked the best about Andre was his flexibility. He can play the slot, he can play outside. He can win outside. He made himself into a tough football player. There were some things he went through early in his career as a football player that he had to fight through and that made him a better player—injuries and getting back on the field. And now he's become a great pro.
He works hard and understands what he has to do to be out there every day. But the thing that impresses me, is you always have respect with those guys when they come in and blocking. You see him block linebackers and block big safeties. He does a great job in the slot, understanding those routes. He can think quickly on his feet. He's a versatile receiver who can fill a lot of roles.
Now, he's a locked-in starter with one of the best young quarterbacks in football. Roberts could be one of those players this year who really takes off.
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