Five Washington football players who need preseason to make the roster
By Ian Cummings
No. 1 – TE Thaddeus Moss
Another fan favorite who has yet to actually hit the field, Thaddeus Moss is a player you’ll find included on a lot of roster projections at this point. He went undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft, but at one point, he was considered a reasonable option as high as Round 4.
An injury ended up contributing to Moss going undrafted, and the Washington football team was able to capitalize on his availability. But while Moss has some potential, making the roster was already going to be tough, and now it’s only going to be tougher without preseason.
Moss showcased a degree of developmental upside in college, but he’s limited in several respects that could cap his growth at the NFL level. Moss is on the small side for an NFL tight end, and he doesn’t have the athleticism to compensate for that size. He has some chops as a receiver, with solid hands and contested ability, but the Washington football team has several options with more experience and arguably more upside.
It’s hard to confirm any locks in the team’s tight end group, but Logan Thomas appears to be the closest to that distinction. He has very good athleticism for his size, and coaches are on the record voicing their excitement for his arrival. Behind Thomas, Hale Hentges, Jeremy Sprinkle, and Richard Rodgers all have records of previous production at the NFL level, boosting them over Moss.
Is there a chance Moss proves himself with his dedication on the training camp field? Perhaps, but Moss was already facing long odds. Now, it’ll only be more challenging for him to earn a role on the final Washington football roster.