By Adam Aniba
Washington received disappointing news during Wednesday's practice, after second year tight end Armani Rogers ('21 Ohio Scouting Report) suffered a noncontact achilles injury.
Washington's tight end group is led by Logan Thomas and John Bates with second year TE's Cole Turner & Curtis Hodges ('21 ASU Scouting Report) as the current TE3 and TE4.
As Ryan Fowler mentioned, the Commanders will likely use Antonio Gibson in multiple roles in the passing game with Rogers now out. But the needed boost could come from Hodges who will get work with the second team in training camp.
Former undrafted tight end Curtis Hodges measures in at 6'8" 240 lbs and unfortunately was underutilized while at Arizona State.
Although he only registered 20 receptions for 374 yards and 2 touchdowns during his last season with the Sun Devils (12 games), his 18.7 YPR was a glimpse into his potential impact as a pass catcher.
Hodges length and catch radius stood out when watching his his ASU film. The Sun Devils 34.5" wingspan allowed him to thrive during contested catches. As mentioned in Hodges' post draft scouting report, he possess the attributes as a receiver to win on the next level.
ASU Tale of the Tape
Displays suddenness and burst off the line
Impressive football IQ, most notably with situational football (always looking for the 1st-down marker and extends for extra yards after contact)
Strong hands and snags catches with authority
Concentration issues are few and far between, frequently extending for receptions before looking up filed
A willing blocker who excels at setting the edge and utilizes his length when extending run plays
It was a surprise to many that Thomas wasn't released this offseason, considering his $8.67 million cap number (only $3.5 million in dead money if released) and struggles in '22. Rivera is adamant with his vision of a bounce back season for the former Hokie, after his '21 ACL tear.
Now with Rogers out, Hodges will get the chance to work with the second team offense and new QB Jacoby Brissett. As mentioned, his length and ability to extend provide his QB a wide window to throw to, as well as the chance win in 50/50 situations.
Keeping 4 tight ends on the final 53-man roster seems likely. Hodges could grab that last spot with a good camp, getting more snaps and the opportunity to show if he's progressed enough to contribute this season.