After catching 12 balls for 201 yards and three touchdowns during a five game span last season, Ricky Seals-Jones is ready for an “expanded role” in the Cardinals offense and could be a valuable, early season Penny Stock.
Cardinals beat writer Mike Jurecki caught up with the 6-foot-5, 243 lb former wide receiver on Wednesday. Seals-Jones told Jurecki that he likes the new offense and is really impressed with new OC Mike McCoy’s knowledge and intelligence. With Jermaine Gresham on the shelf with a torn Achilles and likely to miss at least Week 1, Seals-Jones will go into offseason workouts as the starter and he expects an expanded role this season.
McCoy will have a positive impact on RSJ, as he coached both Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry in San Diego. Although Gates was on the back-nine with McCoy calling the shots, he was still peppered in the passing game.
We may be a little biased because of his initials (RSJ), but Cardinals GM Steve Keim also had some positive words to say about his tight end at the owners meetings. “Ricky showed last year he could become a mismatch in the passing game athletically. Suddenness, his ability to create mismatches whether it is in motioning out of the slot, motioning out of the backfield. He is a guy to me that is just now scratching the surface. He’s a player we are excited about moving forward.”
Will RSJ be able to establish himself early and put Gresham out to pasture? We sure hope so.