The Washington Redskins left no stone unturned in the wake of the 2020 NFL draft, recently signing some notable undrafted free agents.
Washington agreed to terms with Louisiana State University tight end Thaddeus Moss, University of Colorado quarterback Steven Montez, Temple University wide receiver Isaiah Wright and University of Missouri wide receiver Johnathon Johnson, adding depth to a strong draft class.
Moss, son of former Minnesota Vikings star and Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, was one of the most talked-about offseason acquisitions.
There are only three other tight ends on the current depth chart after the team released Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis retired.
Between Jeremy Sprinkle, Logan Thomas and Richard Rodgers, they all have only caught 189 receptions for 1,785 yards and 18 touchdowns in their respective NFL careers collectively so far, the bulk coming from Rodgers, who is entering his seventh season in the league.
Moss, a 6-foot-3, 249-pound standout, corralled 47 receptions for 570 yards and four touchdowns last season while averaging more than 12 yards per catch. In LSU’s 42-25 win in the BCS championship game over Clemson, Moss had five receptions for 36 yards and two touchdowns.
“This isn’t an underdog story,” Moss said in a Twitter statement after signing as an unrestricted free agent.
Montez had an impressive collegiate career for the Buffaloes, completing 824 passes for 9,710 yards while throwing 63 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.
The 6-5, 235-pound quarterback will add depth behind second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins and newcomer Kyle Allen, who was acquired from the Carolina Panthers this offseason. However, one draft analyst sees him as a project player moving forward.
“Montez has good size with decent arm talent and mobility but has failed to take steps forward as a three-year starter,” said NFL analyst Lance Zierlein. “He’s slow to get through progressions and doesn’t filter through coverages well enough to craft sustainable passing plans. Teams may see him as a developmental prospect based upon physical traits. Still, his interceptions were mostly easy takeaways, and that doesn’t figure to improve against faster talent on the back end.”
Wright, a 6-2, 220-pound receiver, played four seasons at Temple and accounted for 134 receptions for 1,552 yards and 12 touchdowns. His best statistical season came during his sophomore year when he hauled in 46 balls for 668 yards and four touchdowns.
“Big slot receiver with desired size and athletic ability but lacking speed and consistency of play,” Zierlein noted in Wright’s draft profile. “While he is talented with the ball in his hands both after the catch and as a return specialist, he lacks sharp route-running, and overall separation burst to uncover consistently against man coverage.”
Johnson registered 153 receptions for 2,190 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 135 yards on seven attempts during his stint with the Tigers in the competitive Southeastern Conference (SEC).