The New York Jets are adding another wide receiver to the mix with the addition of Andre Roberts.
The New York Jets continue to do work on the second and third tier free agency market. In back-to-back days the Jets have added some new wide receivers to the mix, most recently with veteran wideout Andre Roberts.
WR Andre Roberts will be signing with the Jets, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 23, 2018
While many Jets fans may be asking themselves, what does this mean? It’s really nothing too unusual. The Jets are doing their due diligence by improving the position. The addition of Terrelle Pryor yesterday was purely an offensive signing.
Pryor provides size, red zone ability, and the potential of a future number one wideout. While the Roberts add is less about what he can provide at receiver and more about what he can provide to the special teams unit of the green and white. Although he could be used in special packages as a speed weapon offensively.
The Jets have been abysmal on special teams without Mike Westhoff’s special sauce on the third element of the game. The last time the Jets had a punt return touchdown was over six years ago when Jeremy Kerley returned one back to the house. While coincidentally the last time the Jets had a kickoff return touchdown was former USC Trojan Joe McKnight (who left us much too early).
Roberts has three return touchdowns in his career, with his best year in 2016 with the Detroit Lions (two punt return touchdowns). The Jets could use that kind of juice in the return game.
They’ve finished in the bottom-five kick and punt returns in the last three years, this team needs help. The first step is admitting to your issue and the second step is fixing it. The green and white accomplished both of those with the signing of Roberts to the squad.