"In a nod to Roberts' growing football acumen and instincts, he's been designated as the Patriots' defensive signal caller. It's up to Roberts to relay the call from the sidelines to the huddle and direct traffic on the fly to the entire defense.
"'He has a lot of experience and took a lot from last year's season, so he's done a good job with communication and being the signal caller on defense,' Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday following a joint practice with the Texans at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center. 'That's been a big step for him. He's a solid guy, works hard, a really tough kid.'
"Heading into his second NFL season, the Port Arthur native has become a pivotal figure for the Patriots."