Roberts 'enjoying every day' with the Bills

Bills wide receiver Andre Roberts just wrapped up his first mandatory minicamp with the Bills

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June 14, 2019 - 10:31 am

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After spending last year with the New York Jets and was selected to the Pro Bowl as a kick returner, Andre Roberts joined the Buffalo Bills this offseason by signing a two-year deal worth $4.6 million.

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Roberts earned his pro-bowl nod by leading the NFL in average yards per-punt return, punt return touchdowns, total kickoff returns, total kickoff return yards, and kickoff return touchdowns. Roberts has been a relatively successful returner in his career. He has put together 1,254 total return yards on 138 punt returns and three touchdowns, while he's racked up 4,081 total return yards on 164 kick returns and two touchdowns.

Before his one season in New York, the 31-year-old had spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons.

Even though he has only been with the Bills for a few months, Roberts has expressed just how much he enjoys being a part of the picture in Buffalo.

“It’s been awesome," Roberts said on WGR on the Howard and Jeremy Show on Friday. “I love the atmosphere. It’s one of my favorite teams out of the six I’ve been on. I’m enjoying every day, I really do love it.”

Roberts noted the team has come together well over the course of organized team activities and mandatory minicamp. He also mentioned how time is on their side when it comes to getting better as a football team.

“The team is working well together, we’re meshing real well,” Roberts said. “We understand that we have a lot of work to do and we have a long way to go, but that’s fine because we have plenty of time. We’ll continue to work going into training camp and into the season.”

Roberts was made aware that he was brought in for special teams purposes, but he said he wants to make the most out of being a returner as well as a wide receiver – his natural position.

“I think the reason why Buffalo brought me in is the role for special teams that they want me to be a factor in the return game,” Roberts said. “… of course I want to play as much receiver as I can. Our [offensive coordinator Brian Daboll], receivers coach [Chad Hall] and everybody knows that. Sure I’ll have my opportunities here and there, but I do understand my role and that’s to be a big impact in special teams.”

Being a kick returner in today’s NFL is tough with all the rule changes involving kickoffs. Roberts said you just have to deal with them and adapt.

“As a returner…even as a player you can’t be disappointed in the rules, you just have to deal with the changes because you can’t do anything about it,” Roberts said. “Obviously as a returner it does suck, but you can find ways to find value in return guys. Especially in colder weather places like Buffalo where the ball doesn’t go as far later in the season.”
Roberts talked about playing in Buffalo last season as a member of the New York Jets, and how that plus practicing outdoors in Orchard Park has helped him.

“It was a little windy but it gets windy in [New] Jersey,” Roberts said. “The best thing we have right now is an open area where our practice field is. It gets nice and windy and I get a lot of practice at [catching balls].”

The Fairbanks, Alaska native will be hitting the golf course as much as he can in between individual training sessions in Minnesota prior to starting training camp, which starts on Thursday, July 25 at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York.

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