Seals-Jones caught four of six passes for 17 yards in Sunday's 34-0 loss to the Rams.
The six targets were actually a team-high mark in a game that saw the Rams hold a 67-43 advantage in snaps and a 432-137 advantage in yards. Seals-Jones appeared to dominate the playing time at tight end for a second time in as many weeks, but it still isn't translating into production. He might benefit if the Cardinals switched from Sam Bradford to Josh Rosen, though the team's issues clearly aren't just a matter of the quarterback position. There's a chance Seals-Jones will lose some of his snaps and targets if Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) is ready for Week 3 against the Bears.
Seals-Jones played 49 of 53 offensive snaps in Sunday's 24-6 loss to Washington, catching three passes for 19 yards on six targets.
Though he didn't do much in terms of pass-catching impact, Seals-Jones did dominate Gabe Holmes (nine snaps) when it came to playing time. A downturn in snaps could be coming whenever Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) is available, but there doesn't seem to be much question about Seals-Jones operating as the team's top receiving threat at tight end. It's a role that could result in a surprising number of targets, given the lack of proven talent at wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald.
Seals-Jones finished without a catch on one target in Friday's preseason game against the Saints.
Gabe Holmes started at tight end for a second straight week, but Seals-Jones came in for the next snap and got regular work throughout the first half, albeit with his lone target getting batted down by a defensive lineman. The second-year pro did play a part in David Johnson's nine-yard touchdown run, pushing a defender off the line with an impressive block and then helping Johnson push the pile into the end zone. With Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) looking like a long shot for the early part of the season, Seals-Jones has an open path to a role as the Cardinals' top pass catcher at tight end.
Seals-Jones was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday and charged with assault, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, NFL.com reports.
After being denied entry to a hotel due to the time of night, Seals-Jones allegedly attempted to re-enter more than once and pushed an employee before being restrained by security. It doesn't sound like anything that would warrant felony charges or a lengthy suspension, but the NFL could hand down some kind of punishment after the legal process plays out. The Cardinals stated they are aware of the incident and won't comment further at this time. Seals-Jones caught 12 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games as an undrafted rookie last season, and he's expected to battle Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) for snaps in 2018.
Jermaine Gresham tore his Achilles in Week 17 last season, while Seals-Jones suffered a far less severe leg injury in the same game. The Cardinals nonetheless opted against adding any tight ends in free agency or the draft, displaying an unexpected degree of confidence in Seals-Jones, a former college wideout who stuck with the team as an undrafted rookie last year. He finally earned a meaningful role Week 11, ultimately finishing the season with 12 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 28 targets, despite logging only 133 snaps on offense. Seals-Jones will enter training camp as a clear favorite for playing time on passing downs, with the potential to earn a heavier workload if he proves competent as a run blocker. His participation in offseason workouts and a recent charity golf event suggests that he's made a full recovery from last year's unspecified leg/ankle injury.
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