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The Washington Football Team made another roster move just before OTAs opened, signing former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Ricky Seals-Jones.

Seals-Jones played in two games for the Chiefs last year, and was targeted just once. He also appeared in two of the Chiefs’ playoff games against the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills. He did not play in the Super Bowl, as he was replaced by Deon Yelder, who also joined Washington earlier this month.

Seals-Jones scored four touchdowns for the Browns in 2019. He spent his first two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals where he also had four touchdowns.

Coach Ron Rivera has talked about competition, and tight end certainly now has that, or at least the numbers to suggest that is the case.

On top of the aforemetioned Yelder, and newly acquired Seals-Jones, Washington has starter Logan Thomas, draft pick John Bates, holdovers Temarrick Hemmingway and Tyrone Swoopes all vying for what will likely only be three roster spots. Washington also has project Sammis Reyes, but his lack of football experience would seem to have him destined for the practice squad.

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OTAs Start

There has been a lot of talk the past few weeks about whether or not players should be participating in this portion of the offseason. Washington answered by having 87 of the 91 players on the roster show up for the voluntary workouts.

That was tainted slightly by the fact that Montez Sweat and Chase Young were two of the four missing. Arguably Washington’s two best players. But these ARE voluntary workouts. Charles Leno and Steven Sims Jr. were the other two not in attendance. Could Sims Jr. be about to be added to the offeseason subtraction pile?

Coach Rivera seemed happy with the turnout, “It is a voluntary situation, and it is pleasing to have a good mixture of the guys. We have a lot of new players and new faces. I guess our guys are looking at the opportunity to develop and come together. I am very pleased with that.”

It’s tough to glean much from the football that gets played at OTAs. The guys come together as a team, but you’re not likely to figure out who is going to be a starter at a voluntary workout.

Everything seems to be on track though, and that’s a good sign.

Some OTA photos at USA Today

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