WR Seth Roberts Makes Strong Case for Roster Spot with Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts didn’t enter the NFL as the cream of the crop within the 2014 draft class, but he rose to the occasion during the 2015 preseason.

Roberts isn’t a stranger to delivering on the big stage. He made big, bold statements at his Division II alma mater, West Alabama, in his senior year.

Silver & Black Pride writer Levi Damien provided a statistical snapshot of what Roberts accomplished inside an obscure bubble at West Alabama:

As a senior, Roberts broke out mainly due to UWA passing the ball more. Having a receiver like him was a big reason why they felt confident making the change. The result was Roberts leading the Tigers with 857 yards receiving on 40 catches with 12 touchdowns.


He came up big on the biggest stage hauling in a career-high seven catches for 140 yards against Shorter College to help the Tigers take a share of the conference title. That season earned him a spot on the All-Gulf South Conference second team.

When you watch Roberts extend the play after the catch, it’s not a stroke of luck for the undrafted product. He’s used to stretching the field and racking up yards after the catch, which translates to valuable slot-receiver qualities in the NFL.

All the excitement surrounding wide receiver Amari Cooper takes away from an impressive preseason from Roberts playing with the first- and second-unit offenses.

According to Pro Football Focus, it’s Roberts who has accumulated the most yards per route among Raiders wide receivers through three preseason games.

Competition is Robert's biggest obstacle. Cooper and Michael Crabtree stand atop the depth chart at the position.

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