Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts
24-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Detroit Lions
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $3 million contract with the Lions in May of 2017.
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.
ANALYSIS
The 2017 fourth-round pick ranked third on the Lions with seven red-zone targets, converting three of those into scores. He otherwise had little impact, with knee and shoulder injuries costing him eight games and eventually landing him on injured reserve after Week 14. Fellow tight ends Levine Toilolo and Luke Willson (concussion) are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in the offseason, but there's no guarantee the situation helps Roberts, who looks like a questionable fit under run-first offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. It's even possible Roberts will enter training camp on the roster bubble.
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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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How often does Michael Roberts run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Michael Roberts and the other tight ends for the Lions are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Michael Roberts
94 routes   20 targets
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277 routes   39 targets
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115 routes   17 targets
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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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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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Shuttered for season
TEDetroit Lions
Shoulder
December 11, 2018
The Lions placed Roberts (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday.
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No catches in desert
TEDetroit Lions
December 10, 2018
Roberts was targeted twice but did not record a reception during Sunday's 17-3 victory over Arizona.
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Available Sunday
TEDetroit Lions
December 9, 2018
Roberts (shoulder) is listed as active Sunday at Arizona, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
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Questionable for Week 14
TEDetroit Lions
Shoulder
December 7, 2018
Roberts (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
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Practices in full
TEDetroit Lions
December 5, 2018
Roberts (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
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