Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Week One Gamers and Goats

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Sep 13, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts (10) is unable to make a catch against the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Bengals defeated the Raiders 33-13. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Seth Roberts: Goat

Roberts was a great story coming out of camp. Originally coming out of Division II University of West Alabama, Roberts went undrafted before latching on with the Raiders’ practice squad last season. He managed to stick around while receivers like Greg Little and D.J. Coles were let go by the team.

But during camp this season, he began to turn heads. He had an outstanding offseason of work and showed up big during the exhibition season. The Raiders have been high on him for a while and felt confident enough in Roberts’ abilities that they let go of Kenbrell Thompkins, who played pretty well for the team since they acquired him last season.

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  • Roberts though, didn’t look so great against the Bengals in week one. He was targeted six times during the game and only managed to come up with three catches for a total of twelve yards on the day.

    But it was his drops that make him a goat for this game. With Oakland driving in early in the fourth quarter, Matt McGloin threw a pass across the middle to Roberts. Perhaps he heard the footsteps coming, but the ball hit him in the hands and bounced away, helping to kill off a drive.

    A short time later, with the Raiders needing just a few yards for a first down, McGloin again targeted Roberts on the left side. He initially caught the ball but wasn’t able to hold on to it when he absorbed a big shot which jarred it loose for an incompletion and another stalled drive.

    Those drops in and of themselves didn’t cost the Raiders the game. But they could have sustained a drive and helped the team get into an offensive rhythm. Unfortunately for the Raiders, and for Roberts, he wasn’t able to make those catches when he absolutely should have.

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