Ricky Seals-Jones

New York Giants
Tight End #86
New York Giants
Tight End #86
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Ricky Seals-Jones News

Finds new home in New York

The Giants and Seals-Jones (concussion) agreed to a contract Wednesday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Seals-Jones is joining the fifth organization of his career and a team in great need at his position after Evan Engram left for Jacksonville, Kyle Rudolph and Kaden Smith (knee) were cut in recent weeks, and Levine Toilolo (Achilles) hit free agency. Seals-Jones flashed at times last season for Washington when Logan Thomas (knee) was sidelined, gathering in 30 of 49 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns. With the Giants, Seals-Jones will serve as the team's unquestioned top tight end due to the competition combining for three career catches, all by Chris Myarick last season.

Mar 16, 2022 6:05 PM EST

Lands on IR

Washington has placed Seals-Jones (concussion) on injured reserve.

Analysis: No surprise here, as Seals-Jones was already ruled out for Washington's regular-season finale. With the team not in the playoff picture, his 2021 campaign has officially come to an end. He will end the year with 30 receptions for 271-yards and two touchdowns. The 26-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

Jan 8, 2022 11:11 AM EST

Out Week 18, could be free agent

Seals-Jones (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Seals-Jones made some noise earlier in the season when Logan Thomas missed time with a hamstring injury, but Washington later turned to a timeshare between RSJ and rookie John Bates after Thomas suffered a season-ending ACL tear. Bates now figures to close out the season in a three-down role, though he can't match Thomas or Seals-Jones when it comes to speed/ athleticism. In any case, Seals-Jones finishes the year with a 30-271-2 receiving line on 49 targets, and he's now scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent right around the time of his 27th birthday in mid-March.

Jan 7, 2022 9:36 AM EST

Doesn't practice again Thursday

Seals-Jones (concussion) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Seals-Jones entered the concussion protocol this past Sunday versus the Eagles after he toppled into a cameraman while attempting to catch a Taylor Heinicke pass along the right side of the end zone. The tight end required a backboard to get off the field, and his lack of practice reps so far this week has him trending in the wrong direction ahead of a Week 18 road game against the Giants. Friday's practice report ultimately could decide Seals-jones' fate for that contest. With Sammis Reyes (hamstring) logging a limited session Thursday, John Bates is the only healthy TE on Washington's active roster.

Jan 6, 2022 10:38 AM EST

Not practicing

Seals-Jones (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: John Bates has been getting more of Washington's TE snaps anyway and should have a three-down role Week 18 against the Giants if Seals-Jones isn't able to play.

Jan 5, 2022 10:32 AM EST

Enters concussion protocol

Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Seals-Jones has entered the concussion protocol, Matthew Paras of The Washington Times reports.

Analysis: Seals-Jones was taken off the field on a backboard during Sunday's loss to the Eagles and will have several steps to clear if he hopes to return for Sunday's Week 18 matchup against the Giants. John Bates and Sammis Reyes should see increased work against the Giants if Seals-Jones is unavailable.

Jan 3, 2022 10:26 AM EST

Exits Sunday's game

Seals-Jones was forced out of Sunday's game against the Eagles with a neck injury.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Seals-Jones -- who will not return to action Sunday -- caught one of his two targets for eight yards. In his absence, John Bates is slated to head Washington's Week 17 tight end corps.

Jan 2, 2022 11:09 AM EST

Negative yardage in huge loss

Seals-Jones caught his lone target for negative four yards in Sunday's 56-14 loss to Dallas.

Analysis: Seals-Jones may have caught the worst of this one-sided affair, as his lone target went backwards and he never got another touch for the remainder of the contest. Backup tight end John Bates flashed his talent in garbage time (2-45-1), so we could see some of RSJ's targets go his way on a fluid depth chart. Most fantasy managers won't be bothered with Seals-Jones heading into a Week 17 matchup against the Eagles.

Dec 26, 2021 10:26 PM EST

Co-leads team in targets

Seals-Jones (illness) brought in four of seven targets for 29 yards in Washington's 27-17 loss to the Eagles on Tuesday night.

Analysis: The veteran tight end co-led the team in targets alongside Antonio Gibson and was also second in receptions to his teammate. Seals-Jones is in possession of the top tight end job the rest of the way with Logan Thomas (knee) on injured reserve, so he'll have some utility in a Week 16 road matchup against the Cowboys on Sunday night, especially if Taylor Heinicke is able to clear COVID-19 protocols in time for that contest.

Dec 21, 2021 8:31 PM EST

Suiting up Tuesday

Seals-Jones (illness) is listed as active Tuesday at Philadelphia.

Analysis: Seals-Jones picked up a non-COVID-19 illness over the weekend, but the fact this contest was pushed back allowed the tight end to make himself available for Week 15 action. With Logan Thomas (knee) on injured reserve, Seals-Jones will continue to serve as the No. 1 TE for Washington, while John Bates and Alex Armah are the other available options at the position. Unfortunately for Seals-Jones, he doesn't have much familiarity with the team's spot starter at QB, Garrett Gilbert, who is stepping in for Taylor Heinicke (reserve/COVID-19) and Kyle Allen (reserve/COVID-19).

Dec 21, 2021 2:38 PM EST

Gets questionable tag for Week 15

Seals-Jones (illness) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: A non-COVID-19-related illness kept Seals-Jones from practicing Sunday, but he returned to the field as a full participant Monday. Though he'll still carry a designation into the Week 15 contest, Seals-Jones' ability to put in a full practice bodes well for his chances of gaining clearance for Tuesday's game. If active, Seals-Jones will presumably start at tight end, but he'll likely have to split work at tight end with rookie John Bates, who has made a push for more playing time in the second half of the season.

Dec 20, 2021 12:13 PM EST

Misses practice with illness

Seals-Jones didn't participate in Sunday's practice due to an illness, making his status uncertain for Tuesday's game against the Eagles, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Washington hasn't placed Seals-Jones on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but his situation will bear watching over the next two days with 13 members of the Football Team roster still residing on the list as of Sunday. John Bates worked with the first-team offense at Friday's practice and would be in line to start at tight end if Seals-Jones can't gain clearance for Tuesday's game. Washington would likely elevate fullback Alex Armah from the practice squad to provide depth at the position behind Bates in that scenario.

Dec 19, 2021 9:15 AM EST

Washington-Eagles moved to Tuesday

Seals-Jones and Washington will no longer play the Eagles on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within Washington's organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Football Team will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster.

Dec 17, 2021 1:56 PM EST

Almost invisible

Seals-Jones caught one pass for eight yards on four targets against Dallas on Sunday.

Analysis: Seals-Jones and the Washington passing game in general really struggled Sunday, in large part because Washington couldn't even slightly slow the Dallas pass rush. Quarterbacks Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen both fell apart in this one, making it difficult to judge Seals-Jones for his otherwise disappointing box score. If Washington continues to struggle with their pass blocking then it could make it tough for Seals-Jones to get going against Philadelphia in Week 15.

Dec 12, 2021 2:37 PM EST

Good to go, replacing Thomas

Seals-Jones (hip) has been cleared to play in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Seals-Jones comes back from a three-game absence right after fellow tight end Logan Thomas suffered a season-ending knee injury. During his first stint replacing Thomas, the 26-year-old took on an every-down role and saw four or more targets in six straight games, averaging 3.7 catches for 35.2 yards on 5.7 targets despite leaving the sixth game in the first half with a hip injury. A similar workload down the stretch would keep Seals-Jones on the radar in most fantasy leagues, but it is possible rookie John Bates takes on a little more work this time around, having played more than half the offensive snaps in four straight games entering Sunday.

Dec 10, 2021 9:55 AM EST

Logs limited session Thursday

Seals-Jones (hip) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: Seals-Jones has yet to log a full practice since injuring his hip back in Week 10 against the Buccaneers, missing three games as a result. With Washington placing Logan Thomas (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, there's now a void to fill at tight end for the Football Team's offense, which Seals-Jones will take on when he's able to gain clearance to play. Aside from Seals-Jones, John Bates is the other candidate to get significant work at the position.

Dec 9, 2021 12:59 PM EST

Starts week limited

Seals-Jones (hip) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Seals-Jones has missed three straight games, and starting tight end Logan Thomas (IR/knee) is officially out for the rest of the season. That could leave rookie John Bates in a three-down role this Sunday against Dallas, though Seals-Jones might occupy that same role if he's cleared to play. Earlier this year, when Thomas was on IR with a hamstring injury, Seals-Jones averaged 4.0 catches for 38.4 yards and 0.2 TDs on 6.0 targets across five starts (Weeks 5-10), emerging as a low-end TE1 or streaming option in many formats. It's possible he returns to that status, though far from a guarantee given his hip injury and Bates' increasing contributions of late.

Dec 8, 2021 9:47 AM EST

Inactive Week 13

Seals-Jones (hip) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: The journeyman will thus sit out a third straight contest after doing a serviceable job filling in for a then injured Logan Thomas for a six-game stretch. Thomas is back healthy as of Week 12 and will continue filling No. 1 tight end duties, with rookie fourth-round pick John Bates bumping up on the depth chart again behind him with Seals-Jones out.

Dec 5, 2021 11:44 AM EST

Questionable against Raiders

Seals-Jones (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Even if he plays, Seals-Jones is expected to back up Logan Thomas, who returned from a hamstring injury last week. Seals-Jones' hip injury has sidelined him for each of Washington's past two games.

Dec 3, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Limited again in practice

Seals-Jones (hip) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Prior to exiting early in Washington's Week 10 win over Tampa Bay with the hip injury and then missing the Football Team's next two games, Seals-Jones played no fewer than 92 percent of the offensive snaps in any of his previous five appearances. With a pair of limited practices to begin Week 13 prep, Seals-Jones has a decent chance of suiting up Sunday against Las Vegas, but he'll likely be looking at a significant role reduction if he's active for the contest. Seals-Jones' snap counts before he suffered the injury were inflated by the absence of top tight end Logan Thomas (hamstring), who returned from injured reserve Monday and drew six targets in Washington's 17-15 win over Seattle. Like Seals-Jones, Thomas has been limited in both of Washington's first two practices of the week, but the latter will be the team's unquestioned No. 1 option at the position if he's cleared to play Sunday, as expected.

Dec 2, 2021 10:14 AM EST

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