Michael Roberts Biography
Michael Roberts (Michael Lorenzo Roberts) is an American football tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Toledo.
Michael Roberts Age
Roberts was born on May 7, 1994 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. He is 25 years old as of 2019.
Michael Roberts Height
He stands at a height of 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) weighing 265 lb (120 kg).
Michael Roberts Lions
The Detroit Lions selected Michael Roberts in the fourth round (127th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
On May 12, 2017, the Lions signed him to a four-year, $3.00 million contract with a signing bonus of $603,136. In Week 4, against the Minnesota Vikings, Roberts recorded his first career catch, a 15-yard reception.
In 2018, he played in eight games with two starts, recording nine catches for 100 yards and three touchdowns. On December 11, 2018, he was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Michael Roberts New England Patriots | Michael Roberts Trade
On June 13th, 2019, Michael Roberts was traded to the New England Patriots for a future late round draft pick.
Michael Roberts Salary/Net Worth
The amount of salary that Roberts will earns from his contract with the Patriots is not yet disclosed. His estimated net worth is also not disclosed.
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Lions trading TE Michael Roberts to Patriots
The New England Patriots added another potential project to their tight end room.
The Detroit Lions traded TE Michael Roberts to the Patriots in exchange for a 2020 conditional seventh-round pick, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
The Detroit News’ Justin Rogers first reported the swap.
A fourth-round pick in 2017, Roberts owned the size and red-zone production in college to project as a potential TD weapon. That potential never materialized in Detroit.
“Good competition in the (TE) room right now, so we had an opportunity to move on from Mike and hopefully get something in the future for it,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said when asked about the team’s decision to deal Roberts.
Injuries hindered the 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end from ever actualizing his talent. In two seasons with the Lions, Roberts compiled just 13 receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns. The TE showed promise last offseason, but injury derailed that progress, and he ended up playing just eight games in 2018.
The Lions targeted tight end upgrades this offseason, making T.J. Hockenson a top-10 pick and signing Jesse James to a big contract. Detroit also added Logan Thomas and seventh-rounder Isaac Nauta this offseason.
Roberts was reportedly running as the fourth TE during Lions’ offseason workouts, and given the compensation was probably a long-shot to make the roster out of training camp.
The 25-year-old now joins a Patriots roster trying to piecemeal production to replace Rob Gronkowski. New England’s TE room includes 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 one of the greatest mismatch advantages in NFL history.
Roberts has struggled as a blocker — though did show slight improvements before injury struck last season — and didn’t produce as a pass-catcher in limited time. His injuries and lack of development were one reason Detroit completely overhauled the TE room this offseason. He now heads to New England where he should get more opportunities to show growth, at least until Watson returns.
If Roberts turns out to make a fraction of the impact the last flier the Patriots took on a washed-out Lions draft pick (Kyle Van Noy), New England will be pleased.