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

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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.”

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Jimmy Durkin

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

  • Guest123
  • Dan78

    But we can get to Rivers… Their only hope is that Gordon gets the running game going and Keenan Allen is back to old form…

  • Dan78

    Dick is back…

  • Guest123

    I think you meant bawler, did auto correct get you?

  • R8der4evr

    To jam Hudson?

  • Dan78

    Dick always finds the gap..

  • DJ Johnny

    Well I’m kind of fired up to see him play on Saturday. Our running game looks like a bunch of guys stuck in quicksand. Murray is doing nothing to excite me. it’d be great to see one of our guys running the ball down the field and opening things up for Carr.

  • R8der4evr

    Good cause those plays have led to too many blank shots

  • Guest123

    Just need the gap softened up a bit

  • DutchRaid

    Yikes…another gem! 4 UDFAs making the team…Horton, Cowser, Latham and Richards (Big Dic!)

  • Dan78

    Dick knows how to penetrate, Murray and Williams have lost some stamina… With all those carries…

  • R8der4evr

    You expect basically three new starters to gel in two preseason games on our Oline?

  • SNTIC site just updated the meeting page for tomorrow.
    Majestic Realty VP is set to show and promote a proposal to the board. They usually allow for the proposal to be made viewable to public before meeting (as of now is not).

  • ForHundred8

    Agree to disagree.

  • inonewordraider

    Dallas 2 wrs went down and butler did nothing for them, streater looks like he might get cut from kc

  • Dan78

    What’s your thoughts JFB… Is $100-160 million off going to kill the project???

  • DutchRaid
  • DJ Johnny

    I don’t know. I’d have to compare to other teams in a similar situation. I do expect individual push off the line…by Osemele, Gabe and Hudson.

  • ForHundred8

    Dallas had no QB. Rod doesn’t have 1 either (Alex Smith dig).

  • Dan78

    Remember him as Howard Sterns biggest rival.. Vagcow is what he called him..

  • R8der4evr

    Goodell and the NFL want us here
    LV is a crack pipers dream

  • DutchRaid
  • R8der4evr

    Let me answers for you
    NO

  • R8der4evr

    Holmes does enough to take away from the doubt
    A good roster WR

  • marks hair

    Why would they want us to stay in Oak?
    This is the man who decided the NFL needs an event in every month of the year. He decided that Sundays and Mondays were not enough either. Why would he want us in the bay?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    you could have stopped right before the word “up”

  • Dan78

    I hope it’s not another Coliseum City pipe dream… JFB said it all along about Kephart…

  • R8der4evr

    If you don’t know
    It’s not worth explaining

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Hey man, I heard you’re going through rough times. Best wishes. Choose your boy Osteen for encouragement & advice over the bloggers here. Jesus > porno

  • marks hair

    More conspiracy theories about hatred between two men who hardly knew each other?

  • kuhlest

    the Saints ain’t up to the task against Raiders and their return to glory!

  • R8der4evr

    It’s called the Bay Area size and Market
    That’s just one MAJOR benefit
    All you get
    Comb your hair
    Lol

  • kuhlest

    MEJ won’t be available and he is a big part of our starting front 7…but Autry should fill in nicely

  • marks hair

    There’s already a team in the Bay Area. That’s my point.. goodell likes to spread the chips across the table. Make sure he’s getting money from everyone.

  • R8der4evr

    Mack is cool Brees

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Hawks are trying JWebb at LT ?? bwahahahahahaha!! I hope they continue that experiment in the 4th preseason game. Raids gonna put several players on a stretcher. love it

  • R8der4evr

    If you know the area you would realize it supports both teams and as a matter of fact it’s swinging more our way
    Winning matters

  • R8der4evr

    Our boy Russ has led the most comeback wins in his first four years besides anyone
    Top 3 QB

  • marks hair

    Fans just don’t drop their teams and switch sides because their rival got7 wins last year…

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Then why do you have such “cool” stories?

  • R8der4evr

    Didn’t say that but more new young fans are showing up in Oakland Weekly
    I know I go to the games and see the area full of Raider fans
    LATER

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    He’s awesome. I hope they pull him early, with it being the 4th preseason game. The boys in black can tee off on Jake Heaps & Trevone Boykin ..

  • jesusraiderjim

    Musky

  • R8der4evr

    He is a great young man

  • marks hair

    Young fans will gravitate to football. Again there’s already a second team in the bay so there’s really no reason to keep both of us there. You still haven’t made a point

  • Guest123
  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Ted Nugent is a Raiders beat writer? oh, how the mighty have fallen!

  • kuhlest

    they had a really bad season at QB last year, and they still won a SB….they will be in contention

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Las Vegas is more likely than Oakland at this point.

    Las Vegas is coming up with workable stadium plans and financing.

    Oakland is offering nothing.

  • Dan78

    Was the cowgirls lb???