Ricky Seals-Jones will compete with Charles Clay to be the starting tight end for the Cardinals, but he has minimal Fantasy value in that role. Seals-Jones showed promise as a rookie in 2017, but like most of the skill players in Arizona, he struggled in 2018, scoring double digits in PPR points just three times. Hopefully, the addition of coach Kliff Kingsbury will help Seals-Jones this year, but he has to prove he's better than Clay in terms of targets. Keep an eye on what happens with Seals-Jones in training camp, and he could be worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Seals-Jones (neck) was an active participant in the Cardinals' offseason program, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports. "We're doing a lot of rotating and just trying to put the pieces together," Seals-Jones said during OTAs. "Coach (Kliff Kingsbury) is throwing everybody in and just seeing what everybody can do, from the vets to the rookies." After the signing of Charles Clay early in the offseason, the Cardinals extended an exclusive rights tender to Seals-Jones in March, thereby rounding out the top of the tight end depth chart. Seals-Jones has displayed pass-catching acumen in his two-year career, reeling off 11.8 YPC and four TDs on his 46 receptions. On his third go-around, he'll have to get in the good graces of another coach-quarterback combo, but at least he has experience with 2019 first overall pick Kyler Murray, as the two were teammates at Texas A&M in 2015. If Seals-Jones can gain a better part of the TE snap share this season, he may finally break through in what's expected to be a high-tempo offense that features three- and even four-wide sets.
Seals-Jones (neck) officially signed his one-year tender with the Cardinals on Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. With just two accrued seasons, Seals-Jones was an exclusive rights free agent and didn't have any choice but to re-sign with the Cardinals. So far this offseason, management has exchanged one veteran tight end (Jermaine Gresham) for another (Charles Clay). Clay has a track record as a modest pass-catching option, but Seals-Jones has shown promise in his career, including 11.8 YPC and four touchdowns on his 46 career receptions.
The Cardinals extended a tender to Seals-Jones (neck) on Friday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. As an exclusive rights free agent, Seals-Jones has no leverage and will sign the tender in due time, or else not be able to play in 2019. In 25 games the last two seasons, he's recorded 46 catches (on 97 targets) for 544 yards and four touchdowns. With the arrival of Charles Clay in Arizona, Seals-Jones may have difficulty having that true breakout in 2019, but an improving Josh Rosen and new system under coach Kliff Kingsbury could help the tight end's cause.
Seals-Jones (neck) notched 34 receptions (on 69 targets) for 343 yards and one touchdown in 15 games during the 2018 season. A lack of offensive personnel allowed Seals-Jones to rack up the third-most targets among Cardinals, but the quarterback trio of Josh Rosen, Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon brought the team to a last-place finish in just about every category, including passing yards per game and points per game. With nowhere to go but up as Rosen, a 2018 first-rounder, settles in as a pro, Seals-Jones stands to benefit alongside other building blocks like David Johnson and Christian Kirk (foot). Seals-Jones is an exclusive-rights free agent in the offseason, meaning he's beholden to whatever contract the team tenders him once the new league year begins March 13.
Seals-Jones (neck) will not play in Sunday's game at Seattle. Seals-Jones suffered a stinger during last week's 31-9 loss to the Rams, allowing Jermaine Gresham to set a season-high mark with 46 snaps, though the 30-year-old didn't draw any targets. Seals-Jones finishes his second pro season with a 34-343-1 receiving line on 69 targets, unable to live up to the potential he flashed at the end of his rookie campaign. He does offer some 2019 breakout appeal if the Cardinals can upgrade their offensive line and coaching staff.
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|8||10/27||@New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
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|10||11/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
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