Did Ron Rivera and the Washington Football Team just find another contributor for their offense at this late stage of the offseason? They well may have.
As was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Washington signed Ricky Seals-Jones to a contract on Tuesday.
Schefter reported the news on Twitter and gave a basic outline of Washington’s tight end depth chart.
Is that an awe-inspiring group? Not exactly. But there is certainly upside there, and Seals-Jones adds to it.
Adding Ricky Seals-Jones was a good move for the Washington Football Team.
Seals-Jones may have only 14 catches for 229 yards and four touchdowns over the course of the last two seasons, but in his first two NFL campaigns with the Arizona Cardinals, he looked like a potential solid starter.
Seals-Jones started six of 25 games in Arizona and posted 46 catches, 544 yards, and four touchdowns for the team. He never quite made the leap in his second season and that led to him being cut before his third. However, there are some things to keep in mind about him.
First of all, Seals-Jones is still just 26 years old. He’s plenty young enough to make an impact and continue to improve. He hasn’t reached his peak.
Additionally, during his college days, Seals-Jones was a receiver before converting to the tight end spot with the Cardinals. So, he’s still learning the position. Perhaps with a coach like Pete Hoener at his disposal, he could finally put it all together.
After all, Hoener did great work with Logan Thomas last year. Why couldn’t he do the same for Seals-Jones?
All told, Seals-Jones has a nice 6-foot-5, 243-pound frame. He’s athletic and has experience. He may not have made an impact for the Browns or the Chiefs, but the upside is still there and he could stand a chance of winning one of the top-three TE jobs on this roster.
It’s also worth noting that Rivera already signed Seals-Jones’ former Chiefs teammate, Deon Yelder, just a couple of weeks ago. So, maybe the team has some inside info on Seals-Jones or likes something about the way that the Kansas City tight ends fit their offense.
Whatever happens with Seals-Jones, this is a low-risk, high-reward signing. He adds more depth and competition to a group that needs it. He’s far from a lock to make the 53-man roster, but don’t be surprised if he pushes some of the other veterans for the No. 3 role behind Thomas and John Bates.