According to reports, the Detroit Lions have traded tight end Michael Roberts to the New England Patriots for a late-round draft pick.
The Detroit Lions are trading tight end Michael Roberts to the Patriots for a future, late-round draft pick.
— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) June 13, 2019
Roberts, who was selected by the Lions in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, played in 23 games (5 starts) over the past two seasons, catching 13 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns.
With the addition of Logan Thomas, who has reportedly impressed in OTAs and the Lions minicamp, Roberts became expendable.
Roberts had been working as the No. 4 tight end in OTAs/minicamp, but he also was seeing fewer H-back reps than No. 5 TE Jerome Cunningham. (And that’s without rookie Isaac Nauta even factoring into the mix yet.)
Definitely some red-zone talent there. The rest … ???
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) June 13, 2019
Detroit Lions chances of winning the NFC North just got tougher
No matter which sports book you look at, the Detroit Lions are currently picked to come in dead last in the NFC North this coming season.
Despite the plethora of moves they have made to improve during the offseason, most would agree the Lions still have a ways to go in terms of overall talent and depth in the North.
Well, according to reports, the Lions chances of winning the division just got a little bit tougher as the Minnesota Vikings have given TE Kyle Rudolph a contract extension.