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FLORHAM PARK Hakeem Butler Jersey , N.J. (AP) — hitting the links at golf courses all over the world.You name a destination and there’s a good chance the New York Jets kick returner has been there. After all, Roberts has visited all seven continents.Yes, even Antarctica.There’s one place, though, he has never been: the Pro Bowl. But Roberts is doing all he can to book a trip there this season.“Yeah, I think I’m a Pro Bowl-caliber returner,” Roberts said. “I’ve done well this year. I’m tops in the league in a lot of categories, so I think I’ve done a good job this year.”That’s an understatement.Roberts leads the NFL in punt return average (15.3 yards) among qualified players, and is tops in the league with 841 yards on kick returns. He also has eight returns of 40 or more yards — five on kickoffs and three on punts — while the next-closest player has no more than three.“I don’t know too many returners in this league that are dual returners that have done what he’s done this year,” special teams coordinator Brant Boyer said.“You have some guys that are slightly better on kick return or whatever. But if you look at the dual stats and what he’s done this year, I don’t think there’s a better returner in the game.”Roberts has stabilized what has been a position of flux the past few years as the Jets tried the likes of Kalif Raymond, JoJo Natson, ArDarius Stewart, Jalin Marshall, Nick Marshall, Jeremy Ross and C.J. Spiller in the return game.None could provide a consistently reliable option on special teams. The Jets signed Roberts in the offseason, and the 30-year-old veteran has been a big-time spark.“Yeah, special teams has kept me in the league,” Roberts said. “And you know teams have seen that I can do the return stuff at a high level , so I still feel like I’m ascending. Age ain’t nothin’ but a number, but I feel good right now and hope I can just keep going.”Roberts is a free agent after the season and there’s uncertainty as to the futures of both coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan. But, Roberts, who is also a part of the offense as a wide receiver, has proven himself to be a key contributor for the Jets this season.He had a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown in the season opener, and has been on the verge of scoring several times since on both punt and kickoff returns.“He’s been great for us,” special teams standout Terrence Brooks said. “When he hits those holes, he just goes. We love blocking for him, man. We want to get him in the end zone. It’s been a while, but we’re going to try to get another one before the season ends.”Roberts has three punt returns for touchdowns in his career, with the other two coming in 2016 with Detroit. He also brought back a kickoff for a score with Washington in 2015. He has been a consistent return threat since his college days at The Citadel, and was drafted by Arizona in the third round in 2010.He has not been as much of a factor in the passing game as he was early in his career with the Cardinals and Redskins, but has certainly found his niche in the league.“I still play receiver,” Roberts said, “but I definitely embrace the role and I feel very comfortable with it and I’m making it my life now.”So is traveling, something not unexpected from a guy who grew up in a military family with both parents serving in the U.S. Army. He was born in Alaska, and moved to places such as Texas, South Carolina and St. Croix — after his parents were deployed to South Korea.“I moved around a little bit,” he said with a smile. “I’ve heard others do a lot more than that Drew Sample Jersey , but it’s been fun.”The travel bug was ingrained in him at an early age, so he has always wanted to explore. He set a personal goal of seeing all seven continents — North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Antarctica — by the time he turned 30.Mission accomplished.Larry Fitzgerald, his buddy and former Cardinals teammate, joined him on several of the trips — including to Antarctica in 2013.“We said the same thing most do about Antarctica, like, nobody goes there, so why not just go?” Roberts said, laughing. “So we went on a cruise and stayed on a boat. Obviously, there are no hotels down there, but a lot of penguins, a lot of ice, a lot of snow. Saw some whales and a lot of glaciers. So, it was a fun experience.”But the best trip he’s ever taken?That’s an easy one: Australia — where he met his fiancee, Olivia Kenny , in 2014.“Me and Larry were out there playing golf and we were in Melbourne and came back to Sydney for the flight back home,” Roberts recalled. “We went out one night, and met her and some of her friends and kept in contact with her and everything worked out.”Now, the couple, who welcomed a baby boy in May, plan to be married in January after the football season.First, though, Roberts might have to make room on the itinerary for a trip to Orlando, Florida, for the Pro Bowl.“I don’t think there’s a guy,” Boyer said, “that’s done more than Roberts this year.” GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — With their final pick on the second day of the NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers got quarterback Aaron Rodgers a new offensive weapon: Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger.The Packers took Sternberger with their third-round pick (No. 75 overall) Friday night after spending their two first-round picks on defense and adding Mississippi State offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins in the second round.“(Sternberger) was the best player on our board, so that’s the way we went,” general manager Brian Gutekunst replied when asked whether the Packers went into the draft wanting to get a tight end early. “We thought it would be nice to add a tight end; we thought it was a pretty decent class this year. But it wasn’t something that I felt like we had to add in this draft. I like the guys we’ve got in the room already. I think Jace will be a nice addition to that.”The 6-foot-4, 251-pound Sternberger, who’ll turn 23 in June, was late to develop in college Ryan Finley Jersey , starting his career at Kansas before leaving the Jayhawks after and landing at a junior college before moving on to Texas A&M, where he caught 48 passes for 832 yards (17.3 yards per catch) and 10 touchdowns.“If you were to tell me that Aaron Rodgers would be my quarterback in about four years,” Sternberger said, “I would have laughed at you and called you a liar.”Sternberger was the sixth tight end taken, but Packers co-director of player personnel Jon-Eric Sullivan made it clear that the Packers were high on him and that they didn’t rank Sternberger far lower than Iowa tight ends T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant, both of whom went in the first round.“We felt like he was comparable with the better tight ends in this class,” Sullivan said.Sternberger joins a tight end room with two veterans – Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis – at the forefront, and while he’ll have a chance to play, the Packers don’t see the need to rush him onto the field.“I don’t think there’s pressure for him to come in here and be Superman,” Sullivan said. “But we definitely think he has the skill set to do that if needed.”The earlier pick (No. 44 overall) was used on Jenkins, who started Mississippi State’s last 26 games at center over the past two seasons but played all five spots on the offensive line during his career. He is expected to start at guard in Green Bay.The Packers were in the market for offensive line help, and they have an immediate opening in the starting lineup at right guard. Veteran right tackle Bryan Bulaga is also entering the final year of his contract, but Packers college scout Charles Walls said the team picked Jenkins as a guard.“We took him as a guard, but you watch the tape, you feel comfortable putting him anywhere you need him to be,” Packers college scout Charles Walls said. “Definitely a light bulb goes off when a guy with that much value, that much versatility falls to you.”The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Jenkins, who turns 24 in December , grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and was a three-star recruit coming out of high school. He redshirted his first year at Mississippi State, then played in eight games in his first two active seasons — six at left tackle and two at left guard. He moved to center as a junior in 2017 and started every one of the Bulldogs’ games there after that.“I feel like I can play all positions,” Jenkins said. “Right now, they’re looking at me at guard. But I feel like I can play all the positions on the line.”New Packers quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy was Mississippi State’s offensive coordinator last season.On Thursday, the Packers selected pass rush specialist Rashan Gary from Michigan (No. 12 overall) and speedy safety Darnell Savage from Maryland (No 21).“There’s times you look up and say, ‘Wow, we really need to do this or we really need to do that.’ There’s other times, you’re like, ‘Let’s try to get better here. Let’s try to get better there,’” Gutekunst said. “I think you have to be careful of just trying to check boxes because you may end up missing on a player that can really, really help your team. … And really for my position, I think you’ve got to look two to three years out and try to keep this team competitive every single year.”


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