In two starts for the Arizona Cardinals, quarterback Blaine Gabbert intrigues many. But he isn’t the only player raising intrigue everywhere.
So is undrafted rookie tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, who has seven receptions and three touchdowns in his last two games.
Seals-Jones “continues to impress” general manager Steve Keim.
“To me, it encourages you to think about moving forward with a guy that we really haven’t had in this offense in a long time, and again, that’s a mismatch tight end,” he said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday morning.
He isn’t just becoming valuable for his production. When he is on the field, he makes things easier for Blaine Gabbert.
On Sunday, he lined up as an inline tight end some and also was flexed out wide like a receiver.
“That’s why he has to line up and block, so he’s considered a tight end,” coach Bruce Arians explained to the media Monday at his press conference. “He did a good job on those assignments in that ball game, so that when he gets split out, he’s got a safety or linebacker. If it’s a corner, you know the coverage. It’s zone. So those types of things are real easy for a quarterback to see. He’s got enough explosiveness to beat a corner, but it’s also very easy reads for a quarterback.”
His play gives optimism for beyond this season. Troy Niklas will be a free agent. If he makes progress with his blocking, he can give the Cardinals a very solid one-two punch with Jermaine Gresham at tight end.
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