Former New York Jets KR Andre Roberts, now with the Buffalo Bills, wants to exact his revenge on his old squad. Here are all the details.
Back in March of 2018, the New York Jets took a flier on veteran return man Andre Roberts. He rewarded their efforts with a Pro Bowl season in 2019.
“Roberts finished with career bests for both punt and kickoff returns with 324 and 1,174 yards, respectively, in addition to adding 10 catches for 79 yards and a score on offense. He was the first member of the Jets named to the All-Pro team since 2011,” per NewYorkJets.com.
Despite a career-year, the Jets said thanks, but no thanks and moved on this offseason.
Roberts felt chided by the green and white and by signing with division rival Buffalo, will get two opportunities to exact his revenge.
Or will he?
***UPDATE*** No he will not according to Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic. Roberts has been ruled out with a quad injury.
With Andre set to miss Week 1, he’ll have to wait until the end of the regular season when the two squads meet back up in Buffalo to close out the regular season in Week 17.
During the offseason, the Jets had an overwhelming amount of money to spend but decided to be frugal at the special teams position. Both Roberts and Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers were shown the door as the green and white searched for cheaper alternatives.
When Bills head coach Sean McDermott was asked about the Jets passing on him he said, “we were surprised he got away and wasn’t signed there.”
Sources from inside the building suggested that both Myers and Roberts were ‘one-year wonders’ and the Jets refused to overpay for career years. Well, Andre will have his chance to prove the Jets wrong. Roberts signed a two-year deal for $4.6 million this offseason.
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With Roberts unable to go, the Bills will be considering a few different options at the return man spot: Robert Foster, Isaiah McKenzie, Micah Hyde, and even rookie running back Devin Singletary.