R.J. Roberts
Troy University
Enterprise, AL
260 lbs.

This will be Roberts’ tenth season in professional football and it marks the third straight season that he will be with the Pirates.

After starting the 2019 season with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, Roberts returned to Massachusetts appearing in one contest, a 70-51 victory over the New York Streets where he recorded one sack. Roberts appeared in four games with the Pirates in 2018 and was impressive on the defensive front with seven and a half sacks and nine tackles for a loss. The Enterprise, Alabama native notched 11 solo tackles and assisted on four others for a total of 14 and a half. He also recovered one fumble, forced two, blocked a field goal and scored a touchdown, helping the Pirates to a plus-seven turnover margin in 2018.

The former Canadian Football League defensive lineman saw action with Saskatchewan in 2011-2012. Roberts began his arena football career in 2013 when he played in ten games for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. There he tallied 27 tackles with three sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered three more. 2015 saw Roberts (6’4” 260 lbs.) return to the CFL and the Grey Cup Champion Edmonton Eskimos. That same season the Troy University product played with the Hudson Valley Fort of the Fall Experimental Football League. In 2016 Roberts also had a stint with Sioux Falls in the Indoor Football League.

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