Arizona Cardinals' Andre Roberts a bright spot on offense
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts has been a bright spot for a lowly offense so far this season.
While Ken Whisenhunt's squad is still trying to find its groove offensively, Roberts has quietly stood out. The 24-year-old wideout has 20 catches for 268 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 and could be poised for a breakout year.
"The season has been going real well," Roberts told Arizona Sports 620's Doug & Wolf Wednesday. "My first two years I've been growing and this year what everybody has been saying is ‘have your come out year.' But I don't really see it like that. I just try to take every game one step at a time and try to keep playing well."
The third-year Cardinals receiver credits his maturity on the field for the increased touches and production.
"I think I just improved the most in consistency," Roberts said. "Being consistent in all my routes, catching the ball consistently and when the quarterback sees that and the coaches see that they give you more leeway with things, they give you more responsibility and with responsibility comes a lot more catches."
He also praises franchise wideout Larry Fitzgerald for teaching him how to run precise routes in this league.
"Coming out of college we ran some different routes," Roberts explained. "Some of these speed routes especially [Fitzgerald's] helped me with because we never ran those. But running them in college is a totally different thing than running them in the NFL and I had to learn that and [Fitzgerald] was a big part in helping me learn that."
Roberts is coming off a down week against St. Louis, in which he had five catches for just 39 yards. But, the Cardinals' receiver could perform well against the 26th-ranked Buffalo pass defense.
Despite the Bills' recent defensive struggles, don't expect Roberts to take them lightly.
"They have a good defense," Roberts stated." It hasn't shown in the past couple of games. But it really doesn't matter if they don't play well two weeks ago or if they've played well because any given Sunday, any team can win."
The Cardinals saw that firsthand when they fell to the Rams last Thursday. Despite a disappointing effort which saw the running game scuffle yet again and a breakdown in protection from the offensive line, Arizona still boasts a 4-1 record on the season.
Roberts said the team is confident they will be able to turn their luck around against Buffalo.
"We're getting wins right now, yes we lost one game, but we're not going into a shell," Roberts said. "We know we need to improve and get better so we can have a better game this week."
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