By Jordan Gold
This offseason, the Baltimore Ravens signed 28-year-old veteran wide receiver Seth Roberts to a one-year, $2 million deal. Here are five things to know about the former Oakland Raider.
1. The Backstory
Roberts joined the Ravens after being cut by Oakland following a four-year stint in the Bay Area. An undrafted free agent out of West Alabama by way of Moultrie, Ga., Roberts signed with the Raiders in 2014 and spent that year on the practice squad. The following year, Roberts made the 53-man roster and stuck in Oakland until 2018.
2. His Biggest Play
One of the biggest plays of Roberts’ career came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Week 8 of the 2016 season. Roberts caught a deep slant from quarterback Derek Carr and turned it into a 41-yard touchdown to win the game, 30-24, and lead Oakland to a 6-2 start to the season.
3. Clutch Performances
The game-winning catch against the Bucs was not Roberts’ only big moment in a clutch situation in the NFL. During his tenure with the Raiders, he caught three other game-winning touchdowns, including one against the Ravens in 2015. The 12-yard strike was the first catch and first touchdown of Roberts’ NFL career. He also had game-winning catches against the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints during the 2016 season.
4. Looking At The Numbers
Roberts has totaled 158 receptions, 1,826 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns during his career, and he recorded career highs in yards (494) and receptions (45) last year. Roberts is fairly durable, having missed only two games during his four-year run in Oakland. Although Roberts has produced solid numbers throughout his career, the veteran is not guaranteed a spot with the Ravens due to the strong depth at the wide receiver position, including rookies Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Miles Boykin, veterans Willie Snead and Michael Floyd and second-year man Jaleel Scott.
5. Scouting Report
Ravens writer Clifton Brown had this to say about the addition of Roberts to the Baltimore offensive attack: “At 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, Roberts doesn’t overwhelm cornerbacks with his size or his speed. But his ability to get open and make catches has kept him in the NFL for five seasons as an undrafted free agent from West Alabama.”
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