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Bills hosting free agent WR Roberts, LB Lattimore

Posted May 19, 2016

With one open roster spot at their disposal, Buffalo hosted free agents Andre Roberts and Jamari Lattimore Thursday evening.


The Bills pursuit of improving their roster is a never ending process. That was made evident on Thursday evening when they hosted free agent WR Andre Roberts and LB Jamari Lattimore in Buffalo.

Roberts, 28, was released by Washington on Tuesday. The NFC East club has invested in their receiving corps in the the last two NFL drafts in the form of 2015 fourth-round pick Jamison Crowder and 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson and Roberts was the odd man out in Washington.

Roberts (5-11, 187) has been productive in his six NFL seasons. Originally a third-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals (2010), he posted 182 receptions for 2,123 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first four seasons with Arizona. He worked behind starting combinations of Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston, Early Doucet and Michael Floyd.

His most successful season was in 2012 when he had 64 catches for 759 yards and five touchdowns.

Roberts signed a four-year deal with Washington as a free agent in the 2014 offseason where he served as the team’s third receiver behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. He also was the team’s primary return man, but his role was reduced this past season.

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If Roberts were to sign with the Bills he would be the most proven free agent addition at the receiver position.

Although known to be more quick than fast, Roberts is elusive in the open field and does possess good top-end speed. He ran a 4.46 at the NFL combine as a rookie in 2010 and looks like a viable slot receiver option.

Lattimore, 27, has been in the NFL since 2011. He originally signed as an undrafted rookie with Green Bay out of Middle Tennessee State. He was primarily a special teams his first two seasons with the Packers before seeing time on defense in 2013 and 2014 with 66 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble over those two years.

After not being re-signed by Green Bay in the 2015 offseason, Lattimore (6-2, 229) signed with the Jets where he served a special teams role last season.

Outside linebacker is where he’d likely line up if he were to sign with the Bills while also having a prominent position on special teams.

Buffalo currently has one open roster spot after placing RB Dri Archer on the Reserve/Did Not Report list.

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