Redskins first-year receiver Andre Roberts is currently fielding both kick and punt returns during practice.
“He has me doing punts and kicks right now,” said Roberts after Wednesday’s OTA session. “I would like to be the kick returner and the punt returner but, you know, everybody doesn’t get what they want. Preferably, probably kick returner.”
The good news for the Skins is that Robert has returned both kicks and punts in the past with the Cardinals.
“My rookie year I started my whole year punt return and did some backup work for [kickoff returner] LaRod Stephens-Howling,” he said. “I’ve done both, I’m used to both. Just different schemes and reading blocks, that’s all it is.”
In his four NFL seasons Roberts has returned 35 punts for an average of 6.9 yards and 16 kickoffs for a 22.4-yard average. Those aren’t eye-popping numbers by any stretch but he’s confident that he can make a difference.
“I feel like I’m one of those players who when he gets the ball in his hands he can make some big plays,” he said. “That’s what I want to bring to this team as well, not just as a receiver but also on special teams.”