General manager Scot McCloughan praised the diminutive Duke product - and not just for his talents as a kick returner.
"For an undersized guy, he's got a chip on his shoulder," McCloughan said. "He's a really good punt returner. He's a receiver first, punt returner second. And he's going to come in there, you put him in the slot, he's going to be tough to cover. He's a football player."
Roberts performed well in the slot early last year, but struggled down the stretch and finished with just 36 receptions for 453 yards and two scores. He also made little impact as a returner.
Crowder caught 85 passess for 1,044 yards and six touchdowns in 2014 with the Blue Devils.
Redskins get contributions from several role players Week 16
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/20/14) The Redskins received contributions from several role players during Saturday's win over Philadelphia.
Andre Roberts lost a fumble in the third quarter and finished with only one catch for 14 yards. Tight ends Logan Paulsen and Jordan Reed combined for three catches for 11 yards. Reed came down with two receptions for 5 yards, while Paulsen caught his lone target for a gain of 6 yards. Chris Thompson caught all three passes thrown in his direction for 5 yards. Silas Redd took his lone handoff for a gain of 4 yards in the third quarter.
Redskins WR Andre Roberts totals 81 yards Week 15
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/14/14) Redskins wide receiver Andre Roberts had a season-high 81 yards on two catches during a 24-13 loss Week 15 at N.Y. Giants. Roberts, who was targeted four times, got most of his yards on a 61-yard reception in the third quarter.
The Redskins are back in action Week 16 vs. Philadelphia.
Washington's backup receivers do little Week 14
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/7/14) Washington's backup receivers did little Week 14 against the Rams.
Santana Moss managed to pick up some slack with DeSean Jackson out. He finished second on the team in receiving yards, picking up 43 yards on three receptions. Tight end Jordan Reed also had three catches, gaining 25 yards. Andre Roberts hauled in two balls, picking up 11 yards. Niles Paul had one catch for 7 yards. Ryan Grant also had one catch. He finished with 4 yards.
The group will look for more Week 15 against the Giants.
Redskins get offensive contributions Week 8
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/28/14) The Redskins got a slew of offensive contributions in Monday's overtime win at Dallas. Among them, running back Roy Helu ran five times for 29 yards and caught both his targets for 14 yards. Running back Silas Redd had a 5-yard rush.
Tight end Niles Paul caught all three of his targets for 27 yards, and fullback Darrel Young had a 12-yard catch. Wideout Andre Roberts secured just one of his five targets for 11 yards. They'll all visit the Vikings in Week 9.
Andre Roberts will again be the No. 3 receiver for the Redskins, but he has minimal Fantasy value coming into the year. He played that role in 2014 behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and finished with just 36 catches for 453 yards and two touchdowns. He will likely be in that range again this year and should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.