Raiders’ Seth Roberts ‘being pushed’ after solid 2015 season

Oakland Raiders receiver Seth Roberts is "being pushed," according to coach Jack Del Rio. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Oakland Raiders receiver Seth Roberts is “being pushed,” according to coach Jack Del Rio. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders have more than a handful of receivers trying to get noticed and fight their way onto the team’s 53-man roster.

Seth Roberts knows the feeling. He was in their shoes last year.

Roberts, a practice squad player in 2014, completed the journey from undrafted to the NFL when he cracked the opening day roster last season.

He turned that roster spot into a role as the No. 3 wide receiver, catching 32 passes for 480 yards and five touchdowns.

Roberts says he’s a smarter receiver after gaining a season’s worth of experience, which included five starts.

“No doubt smarter,” Roberts said. “I know what to do in certain situations, how to take care of my body better.”

The roster spots of Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Andre Holmes and Roberts seem rather secure, so that leaves seven other receivers — all undrafted players, with only one (Nathan Palmer) owning any NFL experience — angling to get noticed.

Cincinnati product Johnny Holton seems to have risen from the pack. He brings extensive experience as a kick returner over his two seasons with the Bearcats and adds a speed element to the receiving corps.

Quarterback Derek Carr said Holton reminds him of Roberts, who like Holton went to a junior college before transferring to a four-year school.

“Johnny’s a really fast, athletic guy and hasn’t played much football when you think about it,” Carr said of Holton, who was friends with Cooper growing up in Florida but didn’t play organized football until junior college.

Carr’s often talked about how rough it was the first time he and Roberts threw together in the offseason in 2014 and how much that relationship has grown.

He said it was the same with Holton originally, but by training camp Carr was calling Holton “the most improved player this whole offseason.”

Roberts hears questions from that young group of receivers, looking for advice on how he handled being in their situation.

“They ask a lot of questions,” Roberts said. “I feel like that’s cool, but what I did, I just say back and watched. I’m the type of guy that I don’t say much, but just check my surroundings and watch the veterans.”

Roberts is still doing that. Even though he had a solid 2015 season, the Raiders still want to see more from him.

“He’s been OK,” coach Jack Del Rio said of Roberts, a rare lukewarm assessment of a player. “I think he’s starting to feel pushed a little bit, which is what we’d like to have. He’s been a good player for us.”

Roberts, who leads the team through two preseason games with five catches and 59 yards, clearly understands this is not a time to coast.

“I have to get on myself, because if you’re too relaxed you have the younger bucks that will come in a take your role,” Roberts said. “Obviously you don’t want that.”


Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Remember: RAIDERS is what matters. “Oakland” or “Las Vegas” or “Los Angeles” is just a name to put in front of it. One’s as good as another.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    I thought “Dat” was a coach someplace?

  • Guest123

    Dat guy?

  • jesusraiderjim

    Dick cracks top slot. Pushed real hard to break through and cinched his G spot.

  • SaintKaufman

    He’s a phony!

  • Dan78

    Right Guard or Old Spice.. Maybe Sure, eh…

  • jesusraiderjim


  • Guest123

    When your wife asks if she can use sanchos name on your kids birth certificate no biggie right?

  • Dan78


  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    who dat?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)


  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Your child’s last name is hardly the same thing as your favorite team’s city.

  • Dakota


  • Guest123

    To those locals it is

  • Dan78

    Lol… Yep you’re right..

  • A’s are walking around the facility.Maybe today, maybe tomorrow. Who knows but a necessary first step.
    Raiders and Vegas are proposing future legislation to the Governor and legislatures. Tomorrow at 8am.

  • ComptonRaider

    Wow haha

  • R8erEduc8er

    Considering all the open field Cooper had to the inside, he was wide open.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Then they can pony up for the stadium our multi-millionaire owner wants (at no cost him) in order to stay.

    Either it’s important enough to pay for, or it’s not.

  • inonewordraider

    For me and u yes, but people jumped ship when they moved to la, some jumped ship when they moved back to oak, and some will jump ship if they go to vegas

  • Dan78

    What do you think comes out of that meeting???

  • Dan78

    R A I D E R S….

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    The ones who jump ship will be replaced by the ones who jump on in Vegas. One balances out the other.

  • Dan78

    By the way… Happy Kobe day… 8/24…

  • I appreciate it.
    Probably not going to go the Osteen route but nevertheless it is appreciated.

  • Depends on the proposal.
    750M will create more wrangling and posturing and delay. Asking for 600 or so will really streamline it, IMO

  • It shouldn’t.
    Adelson and these types are so wealthy they spend 100M just to not look like they are cheap. Almost a reputation thing at 100M.

  • Raiders21


  • ForHundred8

    Is that you, Mark? Trying to ‘unify’ the Raider Nation….

  • Market size is an issue for TV, but less of an issue with the 49ers still there.
    Market size as far as locally has no bearing on the NFL. You don’t see local commercials during games like a Comcast Sports Network. The NFL doesn’t get the money with naming rights from a local company, or suite sales or any of that.
    Local money basically, only flows to the local team. So if Mark don’t care, the NFL isn’t going to care for him.


    New post slow guys!!

  • R8erEduc8er

    Lol nice

  • Ken SnakeLer

    I don’t pick again until 16. He’ll be gone by then, I’m sure. I’d like to get him for sure.

  • Ken SnakeLer

    I offered but didn’t get any bites. I don’t have a problem taking him at all.

  • DutchRaid

    Baltimore Colts…Indianapolis Colts…same thing?

    So the Raven fans are vile traitors?