Sprinkle stayed busy during Sunday's practice, with fellow tight end Jordan Reed getting the day off, Ryan Fowler of the Redskins' official site reports. Sprinkle reportedly was a favorite target of all the Washington quarterbacks, most notably catching a pair of touchdowns from rookie Dwayne Haskins. The 2017 fifth-round pick is third on the depth chart, behind one player with an extensive injury history (Reed) and another who is 35 years old (Vernon Davis). It won't come as any surprise if Sprinkle is a legitimate piece in the Washington passing game at some point during the upcoming season.
Sprinkle didn't draw any targets in Sunday's 24-0 loss to Philadelphia, thus finishing his second NFL season with five receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in 16 games. No. 3 on the depth chart for most of the year, Sprinkle served as Washington's top tight end for the final two weeks when both Jordan Reed (foot) and Vernon Davis (concussion) were unavailable. Reed likely will be back in Washington next season, but Sprinkle could move up a spot on the depth chart if Davis retires or gets released. It's still hard to make a case for the 2017 fifth-round pick as anything more than a bench stash in extremely deep dynasty leagues.
Sprinkle could see a heavy workload with Vernon Davis (concussion) listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports. Sprinkle and Davis have split targets since Jordan Reed (foot) went down for the season, with the 24-year-old catching five of six passes for 41 yards and a touchdown the past two weeks. There still isn't a ton of upside with Josh Johnson at quarterback, but Sprinkle at least feels like a safer bet to draw some looks now that Davis isn't part of the equation. Blocking specialist Matt Flanagan is the only other tight end on the 53-man roster.
Sprinkle is expected to draw the start at tight end and handle the bulk of the snaps at the position with Jordan Reed (foot/ankle) and Vernon Davis (concussion) ruled out for the contest. While Reed sat out the Week 15 loss to the Jaguars, Sprinkle actually received more work than Davis. Sprinkle played 41 offensive snaps to Davis' 30 and finished with his first three receptions of the season for 19 yards and a touchdown. Davis' absence will create a greater opportunity for Sprinkle to make a mark, especially with Washington unlikely to deploy much of a downfield passing attack involving its wide receivers with a third-string option (Josh Johnson) under center. Sprinkle could make for an intriguing punt play in DFS contests.
Sprinkle caught three passes for 19 yards and a touchdown on three targets in Sunday's 16-13 win over the Jaguars. Boosted to No. 2 on the depth chart with Jordan Reed (foot) unavailable, Sprinkle took advantage with his first three receptions of the season. Vernon Davis did miss some snaps while being evaluated from a concussion, but he eventually rejoined the contest and thus figures to be available for Week 16 in Tennessee. There isn't much reason to take a shot on Sprinkle unless both Reed and Davis are inactive.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/29||@New York Giants||19||7.38|
|5||10/06||New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|7||10/20||San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
|11||11/17||New York Jets||6||4.88|
|14||12/08||@Green Bay Packers||8||5.50|
|16||12/22||New York Giants||19||7.38|
|3 Year Avg||6||4||27||1||2||6.75||8|