Top dark-horse tight ends that could make the Redskins roster
The Redskins are weak at tight end which opens up opportunities for dark horses to emerge.
If you ask any Redskins fan what the weakest position on the roster is, they’ll all likely parrot the same thing.
You can make the case for some other positions. Yes, the receiving corps is weak, but Terry McLaurin‘s presence elevates it past the tight end group. Brandon Scherff does the same thing for the offensive line. And while the ‘Skins lack a true three-down linebacker or proven No. 1 corner, they do have an intriguing smattering of names that could emerge and find a way to bolster those units.
But tight end? Good luck with that.
The ‘Skins were always bound to have holes at a few positions this year given how many needs they had to fill during the offseason. So, the tight end position being weak was expected after Jordan Reed‘s departure and Vernon Davis‘ retirement.
The Redskins do have some upside at the position. But it is limited. Their top current option is probably Logan Thomas, a 29-year-old journeyman signee who came into the NFL as a quarterback and set career-highs with 16 catches, 173 yards, and a receiving touchdown last season. Thomas is fine, but he’s certainly not a proven starter.
And Thomas is only entering his first year with the Redskins. As for the best player returning to the squad at the position? That’s either Jeremy Sprinkle, who is best as a blocker and struggles with drops, or Hale Hentges, an undrafted 2019 prospect claimed off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts who caught eight passes for 103 yards and a score last season. Both are young and have potential, but having either as a starter is far from ideal.
Because of the lack of proven talent at the tight end spot, an opportunity exists for little-known players to earn a roster spot. Nothing is guaranteed, but some under-the-radar players may have a chance to move up the depth chart if they can make some noise during training camp.
With that said, here’s a look at a handful of dark horses who could make some noise at the tight end position.