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Bills to bring in FA WR Andre Roberts for visit

Bills to bring in FA WR Andre Roberts for visit
Posted at 10:47 AM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 11:07:45-04

For the Buffalo Bills, the wide receiver position is all set at the top with Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. Past that, it's anyone's guess as to what will happen, which is why the Bills are bringing in potential competition to win the number-three job.

According to a source, the Bills are bringing in the recently released wide receiver Andre Roberts on a free agent visit on Thursday night into Friday. NFL.com and ESPN were the first to report the free agent visit.

Roberts, 28, played through his rookie contract with the Arizona Cardinals for four years, and then spent the last two seasons with Washington after signing there as a free agent in 2014. Washington released him earlier in the week, which made him an unrestricted free agent.

During his six seasons, Roberts has amassed 229 receptions for 2,711 yards, and 13 touchdowns to go along with it. He has played mostly as a slot receiver in his time in the NFL, and had fairly productive years before this past one in Washington.

In 2015, he had only 11 receptions for 135 yards in nine games. Multiple reports are also saying that Roberts has visits lined up with other teams as well, but the Bills will get the first shot at him.

Joe B's Take

Thanks to the Cordy Glenn contract, the Bills have both the cap room and the opportunity that would make a player with Roberts' experience and productivity in the league quite intrigued. If the Bills were to sign Roberts, he could walk in and immediately be the favorite to win the slot receiver role in offensive coordinator Greg Roman's offense.

The Bills do like Greg Salas, but they essentially picked him up last year when no one else wanted him, while Roberts is a known entity and one that can be an immediate factor for the Bills -- if he wins the job. All it would do is strengthen a position that lacks a lot of true options past the top two of Watkins and Woods.

It would also help the Bills in another capacity, now that Dri Archer did not report and was taken off the active roster. Roberts has plenty of experience as both a kickoff and punt returner, and would almost immediately be on the short list of players that the team would entrust in that role.

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