Lions trading TE Michael Roberts to Patriots

The New England Patriots added their end room and an additional project.
The Detroit Lions traded the Patriots TE Michael Roberts in exchange for a 2020 conditional seventh-round select, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The offer was announced by the Lions official.
The Detroit News’ Justin Rogers first reported that the swap.
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A fourth-round pick in 2017, Roberts possessed the red-zone and size production to project as a TD weapon. That possible materialized in Detroit.
“Good competition in the (TE) room right now, so we had an opportunity to proceed out of Mike and get something later on for it,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said when asked about the group’s choice to deal Roberts.
In actualizing his ability, injuries hindered the 265-pound tight end. In just two seasons with the Lions, Roberts compiled for 146 yards and three touchdowns. The TE showed promise last offseason, but injury and he ended up playing eight games.
The Lions targeted tight finish upgrades this offseason, making T.J. Hockenson a top-10 pick and signing Jesse James to a significant contract. Detroit added Logan Thomas and seventh-rounder Isaac Nauta this offseason.
Roberts was allegedly running since the fourth TE during Lions’ offseason workouts, also awarded the compensation was probably a long-shot to make the roster out of training camp.
The 25-year-old now combines a Patriots roster hoping to substitute Rob Gronkowski. New England’s TE room comprises Benjamin Watson (suspended four games), Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo, Andrew Beck, and Roberts. After releasing Austin Seferian-Jenkins due to personal reasons, it’s clear the Pats are throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks in an effort help replace a few of the greatest mismatch advantages in NFL history.
Roberts has fought as a blocker — did show small improvements before injury struck last year — and didn’t create as a pass-catcher in restricted time. Lack of evolution and his injuries were one reason Detroit overhauled the TE space this offseason. Where he should get more chances to show development, at least till Watson 21, he heads to New England.
If Roberts turns out to earn a fraction of the effect the previous flier the Patriots took to a washed-out Lions draft pick (Kyle Van Noy), New England will be pleased.

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