ANDRE ROBERTS' CAREER
Year Team Rec Yards TDs
2010 Cardinals 24 307 2
2011 Cardinals 51 586 2
2012 Cardinals 64 759 5
2013 Cardinals 43 471 2
Totals 182 2,123 11
Here's a list of quarterbacks Andre Roberts caught passes from during his four seasons as an Arizona Cardinal:
Max Hall, Derek Anderson, Richard Bartel, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Lindley, Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Carson Palmer.
Little wonder that Roberts, an All-American receiver during his career at The Citadel, is eager to see what it's like to play with a passer such as Washington Redskins star Robert Griffin III.
"Yes, I am excited," said Roberts, who recently agreed to a free-agent deal worth $16 million over four years with the Redskins. "RGIII took the Redskins to the playoffs in his first year, so you know he has a lot of talent.
"Coming off the year he had last year, he's got a real chip on his shoulder and is determined to be even better."
New Redskins coach Jay Gruden is confident that Roberts can help his team.
"He's very versatile," Gruden told The Washington Post. "He can play outside, he can play inside, and we're hoping he can do a little punt returning if need be. So there are a lot of things he can do, not many things he can't do. That's why we like him."
Despite the constant turnover at quarterback in Arizona, the 5-11, 195-pound Roberts established a reputation as a solid pro during his four years with the Cardinals. He caught 182 passes for 2,123 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons, learning well from the Cardinals' All-Pro receiver, Larry Fitzgerald.
"I give Larry a lot of credit for where I am," said Roberts, who graduated from The Citadel in 2009 and was drafted in the third round by Arizona in 2010. "I learned a lot about being a pro and about learning how to work as an NFL player, and about how to go about your business. He's been a great friend and a great guy to learn from."
But as Roberts entered the final year of his contract with the Cardinals, it became apparent that Arizona would go in a different direction at receiver. The Cardinals brought in Michael Floyd as the No. 2 receiver to Fitzgerald last year, and Roberts' number of targets and catches went down from 113 and 64 in 2012 to 76 and 43 last season.
"At the beginning of the season, I thought there was a chance that I might stay in Arizona," he said. "But they had a lot of money tied up in the receiver position, and I realized that in the situation I was in, I was going to be moving on."
Roberts said he first met Griffin at the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona last January, and that the two spoke before Roberts signed with the Redskins. They are working out together this week, with the rest of the Redskin' receivers, at Griffin's passing camp in Arizona.
"I'm looking forward to having one main guy to work with," Roberts said. "But if he does get hurt, the Redskins have Kirk Cousins, who is a very good quarterback in his own right. It's a really good quarterback situation."
Moving back to the East Coast was another enticement for Roberts, who went to Spring Valley High School in Columbia. His brother lives in Virginia, his parents in Columbia. And the Redskins will be on TV in these parts more often than the Cardinals were.
"My parents are excited that they won't have to go back and forth across the country to see their children," Roberts said. "They can just go to one state, and we'll both be there."
Since leaving The Citadel, Roberts has traveled the world with Fitzgerald, including an 18-day trip to Central and South America last year. He also participates in events like the Suits & Sneakers Fashion Show in Arizona, and runs his summer camp for military families. The camp was at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, Hawaii, in January. Last summer, he held a camp at Joint Base Charleston.
Roberts' military-style salute after he scores a touchdown, to honor his alma mater, has become something of a trademark. And he recently donated $10,000 to The Citadel Football Association to help with ongoing renovations to football facilities.
Entering his fifth season, Roberts already has exceeded the average career length of 3.5 years for an NFL pro.
"My goal coming into the NFL was not to play just four years," he said. "I wanted to get to that second contract, and now my goal is to play seven years or more. I've got four years in the league, and God willing I have a lot more to go."