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.
Seals-Jones remains away from the field to allow his stinger to heal rather than put undue stress on the region. With nothing to play for aside from draft positioning, the Cardinals may not press their luck with the second-year tight end Sunday in Seattle, which would give veterans Jermaine Gresham and John Phillips plenty of access to offensive snaps.
Seals-Jones didn't practice Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
It's been a tough go for Seals-Jones over the last week. After enduring a bout with food poisoning, he gained clearance to play in Sunday's loss to the Rams, only to last five offensive snaps before a stinger ended his day. Seals-Jones has a pair of practices remaining to prove his health, but an absence in the season finale against Seattle would allow Jermaine Gresham and John Phillips to pick up snaps at tight end.
Seals-Jones is questionable to return Sunday against the Rams as a result of a stinger, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
The neck injury comes on the heels of an illness, which kept Seals-Jones out of all but one practice during Week 16 prep. If he's unable to gain clearance from the medical staff, he'll finish with one catch (on one target) for three yards. Jermaine Gresham and John Phillips are the other active tight ends for this contest.
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