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When the Redskins drafted a wide receiver, Andre Roberts knew his days were numbered

When the Redskins drafted a wide receiver, Andre Roberts knew his days were numbered

A few weeks ago, Andre Roberts was working his way back from a knee injury, hoping he’d get an opportunity to compete for a job in Washington this offseason.

Then the Redskins drafted a wide receiver in the first round.

And with TCU’s Josh Doctson in the fold, Roberts suspected his days numbered.

“When we signed the first rounder in Doctson, you kind of could see where this was all heading, but I’m always prepared for anything,” Roberts told ESPN 980 on Wednesday, a day after he was released.

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Roberts also said he did not regret signing in Washington as a free agent in 2014. If you recall, he agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal and expected to be the Redskins’ No. 2 wide receiver. That, however, all changed a few weeks later when DeSean Jackson fell into the team’s lap.

“No regrets; obviously I did sign before DeSean signed,” said Roberts, who struggled with drops and consistency during his tenure. “But nobody is dealt a perfect hand. If DeSean didn’t sign, we may have drafted a first rounder [in 2015]. You just never know what’s going to happen. You never know who is going to be available. I definitely wouldn’t take it back. Obviously, I wish things would have happened differently, but it’s all experience and I think it help me in this transaction and the next.”

Roberts acknowledged that he’s been cleared medically from the season-ending knee surgery he had last December. And, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the 28-year-old is visiting the Bills over the next 48 hours and has two more visits lined up.

“Whatever they would want me to do, I would be able to do 100-percent,” Roberts said. “I’ve been working pretty hard here for a few weeks with the trainers. I’ve been passed physically. So I’m ready to go.”

After enduring a 4-12 season in 2014 and then reaching playoffs a year later, Roberts said he expects to Redskins to continue to build on last year’s success.

“Well, I think the Redskins are definitely moving in the right direction, just based on what we accomplished last year and what talent level they have this year going into the season and the mindset that they have, it looks like it’s going to be pretty good," Roberts said. "I would have loved to be a part of that, but I won’t be. I think that they’re on the up and up.”

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Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

The Redskins aren’t in the quarterback business, so it’s highly unlikely that they will look to trade up in the first round of the draft on Thursday. But their phones will be open for business to move down. 

Speaking at the team’s pre-draft press conference, Doug Williams didn’t rule out trading up from the team’s first-round spot at 13thoverall but he doesn’t think it’s likely. 

“The chances of trading up might be a little slimmer than trading down,” he said. 

Williams said that the phones in the room will be ringing and that they will listen to any offers. But usually the team that wants to move up initiates the call and because the Redskins are set at one particular position they probably won’t pick up the phone. 

“If we were in the quarterback business, which is what this league is about, if we were in the heavy quarterback business we’d talk about moving up,” he said. “At this time, we can sit back and see what comes up if we stay at 13.”

The Redskins are set at quarterback after they traded their third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller for veteran Alex Smith to replace the departed Kirk Cousins. Williams thinks that the Redskins already got good value from the pick. 

“When I think about Alex Smith, I say we got the best third-round pick in the draft,” he said. “I don't care what nobody says. You can't get a better third-round pick.”

Because they think they got a good player, albeit an older one, with that pick, the Redskins are not necessarily looking to make a deal to move back and recoup that pick on draft day. 

Williams emphasized that in order to move back, you have to have a team that wants to trade up. Often that is easier said than done. 

“They don’t just call you to ask you, they have to get a player that they want,” said Williams. “At that particular time, they’re afraid that somebody else might pick him. They might call you to ask you if you want to move back . . . If we move back, that’s because somebody called us to see if we want to move back.”

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Why the Redskins should take a serious look at Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds

Why the Redskins should take a serious look at Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the second episode above and more here.

Many Redskins fans are hoping the team secures a defensive back in the first round by landing a guy like Derwin James or Minkah Fitzpatrick. But if Washington opts to address a different position in Round 1, there'll be a quality safety available in the middle rounds in Terrell Edmunds.

Terrell, the brother of top-10 prospect Tremaine, is projected to be taken in the third or fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. As of now, the Redskins don't have a selection in the former, but a trade could change that. They pick 109th in the latter.

"Terrell possesses high end speed and explosion traits that are coveted for his position," writes NFL.com. "He has man cover talent against big targets and should step right into a role on the coverage units for special teams."

With D.J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson, Washington's starting safety tandem is taken care of on paper. Nicholson was injured often as a rookie, though, so depth is needed behind him. And their special teams have been leaky for quite some time, providing the Virginia Tech Hokie a place to make an immediate impact while he works his way into the defensive rotation.

It's a rotation he would likely feel at home in, too. Edmunds is more than comfortable talking trash, so if he does become a Redskin, he'd fit right in alongside the likes of the fellow vocal guys like Swearinger, Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar.