For three days of padded practice Thaddeus Moss did little on the field, and when he was working in individual drills, Washington Football Team tight end coach Pete Hoener gave the undrafted rookie an earful.
It appears the Washington Football Team saw enough from Moss, as he was released with an injury designation on Friday. Should he clear waivers, Moss will land on the Washington injured reserve.
After a solid year for the national championship LSU team in 2019, Moss, the son of NFL legend Randy Moss, hurt his foot during the pre-draft process. That caused him to slip entirely out of the draft and he chose Washington as an undrafted free agent despite offers from other teams including New England and Cincinnati.
The opportunity in Washington was quite real for Moss as the team has no sure thing at tight end.
So far in training camp, free agent addition Logan Thomas seems to have locked up the top TE spot, and Marcus Baugh looks to have an early edge for the second tight end spot. Baugh played for Ohio State in college and signed with Carolina last year as an undrafted free agent before signing in Washington this offseason, and his emergence pleased head coach Ron Rivera.
"He’s a young man that he wanted an opportunity to see where he is. He’s got a long way to go. He’s got a lot to learn. But he’s got the skillset that you’re looking for," Rivera said of Baugh. "He’s quick, he’s got good speed, good hands. He’s got good strength. He plays with good leverage. But again, he’s got a long way to go, a lot to learn but he’s somebody we were interested in enough we wanted to take a second look at."
Baugh was a player that impressed Rivera last year in Carolina during training camp and the preseason before an injury stunted his progress late in August. So far, he's healthy and taking advantage of every opportunity.
Tight end remains a work in progress in Washington, but a few things became clear Friday night; the team likes Baugh enough that it was time to shut Moss down and risk losing him to another team.