Michael Roberts will stay in the NFC North following a whirlwind week of roster moves.
The Detroit Lions tried to deal the tight end to the New England Patriots last week. The Lions were supposed to acquire a conditional seventh-round pick for Roberts but he failed his physical in New England. Roberts’ rights reverted back to Detroit and the Lions waived him on Friday.
Following a weekend of uncertainty, the Lions’ rivals, the Green Bay Packers, claimed Roberts off waivers on Monday.
Roberts offers potential as a red-zone receiving threat. In 23 games (five starts) with the Lions, Roberts produced 13 catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns. He has averaged 11.2 yards per catch during his career.
While a shoulder injury forced Roberts onto injured reserve after just eight games last season, he scored all three of his career touchdowns during his second campaign.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound tight end will have a legitimate shot at earning a spot on the Packers’ roster if he can stay healthy during training camp. The Packers are limited at the tight end position behind veterans Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis and third-round pick Jace Sternberger.
Roberts will compete with Evan Baylis, Pharoah McKever and Robert Tonyan for a backup job.
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If Roberts can earn a roster spot in Green Bay, he will face his former team twice next season. The 2017 fourth-round pick could be looking to prove he was worth keeping around in Detroit.
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