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Fantasy football impact of Washington signing UDFA TE Thaddeus Moss

Washington signed UDFA Thaddeus Moss. Will he be able to make the roster and have fantasy value in his career?

LSU Tigers tight end Thaddeus Moss runs a route against the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Thaddeus Moss, son of NFL great Randy Moss, has joined Washington following the 2020 NFL Draft. The tight end was expected to be selected after winning a national championship with LSU, but went undrafted. Can he compete for a starting spot?

Moss didn’t do much as a freshman at NC State and sat out for a year after transferring to LSU. Once he got his time to shine with the Tigers, he was productive. He tallied 47 receptions for 570 yards and four scores as a cog in a loaded offensive machine.

Scouting Report

Moss doesn’t stand out as a dynamic pass catcher, but is an effective pass blocker. He can make the simple plays, but won’t wow anyone with rare athleticism. He has size and strength good for capitalizing on mismatches while covered by smaller defensive backs.

He has great hands and good body control, but he’s an average athlete who benefited from rub routes and off coverage to find plenty of open-window catches. He will get after it as a run blocker, using above-average technique and an impressive ability to strain and sustain against bigger opponents. — NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein

Fantasy football impact

Washington parted ways with the oft-injured Jordan Reed after 2019, but has a few tight ends in the running to replace the 2016 Pro Bowl tight end. Jeremy Sprinkle is the frontrunner but only logged 26 receptions for 243 yards and a score last season. Moss might have a chance to compete for a starting spot because of his blocking ability, which will give him more pass catching opportunities. Whether he starts or not, he shouldn’t be drafted in season-long fantasy. He could be an interesting DFS pick if he picks up some steam at some point during the season. He has a lot of room to grow with only one full season of college football under his belt.