Jeremy Sprinkle has played for the Washington Football Team for the last four seasons. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Arkansas and there was hope that he could eventually develop into a solid, well-rounded tight end.
During his time with the team, that didn’t quite happen. Sprinkle was a very good blocker for Washington, but his receiving skills never quite developed. He didn’t have the best hands and was largely relegated to backup and special teams work as a result.
Despite that, there was some question about whether or not the Washington Football Team would bring him back for the 2021 NFL season. After all, blocking tight ends do carry some value, and it’s not like the team had much behind Logan Thomas.
But Sprinkle has lingered on the free-agent market and now, he has signed elsewhere and his time in Washington is over. He confirmed as much via a recent tweet.
Indeed, Sprinkle agreed to join the rival Dallas Cowboys after a few weeks of being a free agent. He will battle for a roster spot with Sean McKeon and any other tight end Dallas might add to their team to pair with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz.
The Washington Football Team will need to replace Jeremy Sprinkle.
That shouldn’t be all that difficult. Good blocking tight ends are usually readily available at every juncture of the NFL Draft and, in truth, Washington could land a better-rounded player to serve as a No. 2 tight end.
Targeting a player like Hunter Long from Boston College, who is a solid receiver and a strong blocker with good fundamentals, in the middle rounds of the draft would be an easy way to replace Sprinkle.
If that’s too rich for them, there are plenty of other prospects deeper into the draft that could make sense for them. Or they could splurge and target a player like Pat Freiermuth if he’s available in Round 2 (which is no guarantee).
Tight end was already a need for Washington, so Sprinkle’s departure will have minimal impact on their draft strategy. It just affirms their need to add a tight end that has some blocking skills in his repertoire.