Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts
25-Year-Old Tight EndTE
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Questionable
Injury Shoulder
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A 2017 fourth-round pick, Roberts caught 13 passes in his two seasons with the Lions, who then attempted to trade him to New England in June. The deal fell through due to a failed physical, and the Lions ultimately decided to waive the tight end. The divisional-rival Packers placed a claim, only for Roberts to fail another physical in Green Bay. He's thus a free agent entering training camp and on the far edges of fantasy relevance. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Packers in June of 2019.
Waived again
TEFree Agent
Shoulder
June 19, 2019
The Packers waived Roberts on Wednesday after he failed his physical, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Roberts' medical reports have now been red-flagged twice in the past week, resulting in abbreviated stints with both the Patriots and Packers. Yates' report doesn't specify what sort of injury Roberts might be managing, but it's most likely linked to the shoulder issue that relegated him to injured reserve last December. While Roberts should command some interest on the open market when healthy again, it's not clear when that might happen.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Michael Roberts' 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
14.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.84
 
% Team Air Yards
3.6%
 
% Team Targets
3.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
45.0%
 
Drop Rate
20.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
2.6
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Michael Roberts' measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
265 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.86 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.51 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.05 sec
 
Vertical Jump
30.0 in
 
Broad Jump
110 in
 
Hand Length
11.50 in
 
Arm Length
33.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Both Eric Ebron and Darren Fells - the Lions' top two tight ends in 2017 - were allowed to walk in free agency. This offseason, GM Bob Quinn signed veterans Luke Willson (Seahawks) and Levine Toilolo (Falcons) to take their places. However, Roberts can't be overlooked as a candidate to emerge as the No. 1 receiving option from the position, as neither Willson nor Toilolo have caught more than 20 passes in any season over the past three years. Not only is Roberts an above-average blocker, the second-year pro has already proven to be a red-zone nightmare after catching 16 touchdowns during his senior season at Toledo in 2016. No matter, there's a real chance that Detroit takes a committee approach at the position in 2018, which could limit the upside of all three simultaneously.
Roberts (6-4, 270) is a huge target with nice hands and a knack for getting open in tight coverage. Over 80 percent of his career receptions at Toledo went for first downs and the 16 touchdown receptions he posted his senior year was good for seventh-most in MAC history. He enters the 2017 campaign no higher than third on the depth chart behind Eric Ebron and Darren Fells, but the rookie's red-zone receiving prowess should help him carve out some sort of role on offense during his rookie season.
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Claimed by Green Bay
TEGreen Bay Packers
June 17, 2019
The Packers claimed Roberts off waivers Monday, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
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Waived instead of traded
TEFree Agent
June 14, 2019
Roberts reverted back to the Lions and was waived after an unsuccessful attempted trade to the Patriots, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
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Traded to Patriots
TENew England Patriots
June 13, 2019
The Lions are trading Roberts to the Patriots for a future late-round draft pick, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
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Fighting for roster spot
TEDetroit Lions
June 5, 2019
Roberts appears to be on the roster bubble in advance of the 2019 season, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Quiet outside of red zone
TEDetroit Lions
Shoulder
January 30, 2019
Roberts (shoulder) finished the 2018 season with nine catches for 100 yards and three touchdowns on 20 targets across eight games.
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