The Washington Football Team didn’t have a lot at the tight end position in 2020. Aside from uncovering a diamond in the rough in the form of Logan Thomas, the team struggled to field depth and find complimentary players at the position.
That’s part of the reason that the team did spend some resources at the tight end spot this offseason. They didn’t make any massive moves, but they drafted Boise State’s John Bates in Round 4 of the 2021 NFL Draft, signed athletic freak and former basketball player Sammis Reyes as he tried out for the NFL’s International Pathway Program, and recently added former Chiefs TE Deon Yelder to the squad.
As such, that has made one of their depth tight ends from last year expendable. So, the Washington Football Team announced that they had released Marcus Baugh on Monday afternoon.
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The Washington Football Team releasing Marcus Baugh made sense.
Baugh was one of the biggest surprises to make the 53-man roster last offseason. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Ohio State product had previously been on the offseason rosters with the Raiders and Panthers but couldn’t stick around.
However, because of Washington’s dearth of talent at the tight end spot, he was able to hook on as a backup option to start the year. He didn’t do much, largely serving as a blocker and catching just one pass for two yards, but he made the team nonetheless.
Eventually, Baugh was relegated to the practice squad and replaced by Temarrick Hemingway, so it’s not a huge surprise to see the team go in another direction. He’s simply a big-bodied player who is a solid blocker. He’s not much of a receiver and was arguably the team’s least athletic tight end.
It will be interesting to see who ends up being the third tight end on Washington’s roster this year. Presuming that Thomas and Bates are both safe, Yelder and Hemingway would be the safe, veteran options while Reyes would have the most upside. Another Wild Card on the team is former Texans QB Tyrone Swoopes, who could follow the Logan Thomas route for this team.
All that said, the tight end spot will, once again, be of intrigue to fans. But no matter what happens, it doesn’t look like Baugh will be a part of the group in ’21.