32. Seth Roberts
Seth Roberts’ rookie season with the Oakland Raiders was a storybook one as the undrafted free agent who was a longshot to even crack the 53 man roster ended up playing in all 16 games for the Silver and Black. Becoming one of Derek Carr’s favorite targets and one of the best rookie receivers in the league during a successful 2015 season for Roberts.
Surpassing veteran wideout Rod Streater in the summer while Streater was struggling with health issues, Roberts hit the ground running with the opportunity at playing time and never looked back. Setting fire to the NFL and finishing with 32 catches as a rookie for 480 yards as Roberts found himself as one of the preferred options for one of the best young quarterbacks in the game in Carr.
Roberts also made a long list of big catches for the Raiders amongst those 32 receptions, ending up with five touchdowns as the Carr/Roberts connection was working all season. Putting pressure on Roberts to deliver a similar season in 2016 as after becoming a feel-good story in his rookie year the weight of expectations will be there for Roberts to match similar numbers in Year 2. One of Carr’s favorite options, expect more big plays from Roberts this season as his chemistry with the quarterback is undeniable.
– Chase Ruttig