Andre Roberts Could be a Pro-Bowler For Arizona Cardinals in 2013

By Devin O'Barr
Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals, NFL
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The Arizona Cardinals had a season to forget in 2012, however, they were pleasantly surprised when Andre Roberts emerged as a solid number two option.

It has been that Larry Fitzgerald can make even subpar wide receivers look good but I think that Roberts could be someone the Cardinals hang onto for sometime. Last year Roberts caught 64 passes from four different Cardinal quarterbacks and somehow managed to reach the endzone five times on such a dreadful team.

While he doesn’t have the stature that Fitzgerald has as he stand at 5-foot-11 and weighs just 192 pounds he still packs a punch as a strong and steady slot receiver. The slot position isn’t anything to take lightly as players like Wes Welker have made the position famous catching more than 100 passes in five of his six seasons with the New England Patriots.

Roberts was a third round pick in the 2010 NFL draft and he has given the Cards much more than they bargained for with 759 receiving yards in 2012.

Bruce Arians is now the head coach of the Cardinals and I have no doubt he can turn Roberts into someone who Arians coached while with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hines Ward and Roberts definitely have a few comparisons and Arians has the potential to turn Roberts into something special, but Quarterback Kevin Kolb has to be up to par in order for that to happen.

In a competitive NFC West the Cardinals are surely behind the 8-ball with both the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers emerging as offensive juggernauts.

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