RICHMOND—Andre Roberts currently sits atop the Redskins’ depth chart at punt and kickoff returner, the wide receiver said Thursday.
“Right now, I am,” Roberts said as training camp opened at a rain-soaked Bon Secours training center. “You never know during training camp what they’re going to do. [It could] depend on how much they use me on offense ...Right now, I’m on top. But we’ll see.”
Roberts, who signed a four-year, $16 million contract in March, performed both roles as a rookie with the Cardinals in 2010. The 26-year-old was used sparingly the next two seasons as his role on offense grew. He did not see any action as a returner in last season.
That, however, seems as though it’s going to change during his first season in Washington. But Roberts also made it clear that he still expects to be major contributor on offense as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson.
“As a receiver, you always want to contribute on offense and make big plays,” Roberts said. “I still think I’ll still be able to do that with DeSean and Pierre. But I feel like I can produce on special teams, as well. And that will be a little bit extra.”
The Redskins struggled mightily in the return game last season, ranking 28th in average punt return (6.4 yards) and dead last on kickoffs (20.0), despite using multiple players in those roles.
“I’m a quick and fast guy,” Roberts said. “Most of the guys back there who are making plays are explosive, quick and fast. I think have those qualities. I think I can do both [jobs] well.”