Seals-Jones managed just one catch for five yards during Sunday's 23-21 loss to Oakland.
The second-year tight end has garnered a viable volume of work (five targets per game), but he's been brutally inefficient with those opportunities in logging a catch rate of just 50 percent thus far this season. Seals-Jones is averaging fewer than 40 receiving yards per game, and carries a streak of seven straight outings without a touchdown as Arizona travels to take on the Chargers in Week 12. Los Angeles has been respectable in defending tight ends this year, allowing the 13th-fewest points per game to the position in standard scoring.
Seals-Jones hauled in five of nine targets, racking up 51 receiving yards during Sunday's 26-14 defeat to the Chiefs.
Seals-Jones had a solid outing Sunday, facing a Chiefs defense that came into Week 10 struggling mightily at containing opposing tight ends (only Tampa Bay had surrendered more yardage to the position this season). Five catches tied a season high for the former Texas A&M standout, while he pushed the 50-yard receiving mark for the third time this season. Next, he'll have a matchup against an Oakland secondary that entered the weekend allowing the third-most touchdowns to tight ends (six).
The reception, target and yardage totals matched exactly what Seals-Jones had posted in the Cardinals' 45-10 loss to the Broncos in Week 7. Though he remains the team's clear top option at tight end after starting and playing 48 of a possible 66 offensive snaps (73 percent) Sunday, Seals-Jones has yet to carve out consistent volume in a weak passing game. Quarterback Josh Rosen looked more comfortable in the victory after a rough showing one week prior, but it appears that wideouts Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk and running back David Johnson all rank ahead of Seals-Jones as preferred reads for the rookie signal-caller.
After taking a direct hit to his forearm while attempting to recover a fumble last Thursday against the Broncos, Seals-Jones didn't return to the game. Fortunately for the tight end, he relayed that he didn't suffer a fracture but a mere bruise. according to Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site. Seals-Jones' ability to practice without any cap on his reps Wednesday indicates he's not in danger of missing time as a result of the injury. He'll look to best his worst line of the season Sunday against a 49ers defense that held him to zero catches on five targets Week 5.
It is a small amount of positive news for the Cardinals on a night where everything seemed to go wrong. Seals-Jones should be okay and seems unlikely to miss an extended period of time due to the bruised arm. However, look for more updates on his official status to come next week when the team resumes practice.
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