The disappointment of not getting chosen during the 2020 NFL Draft is something that will stick with former LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss. Some have speculated that missing the 2018 season due to injury, coupled with a recent foot surgery, might have been why Moss’s name, despite its Hall of Fame pedigree, wasn’t among the 255 called during the draft.
In a video conference on Wednesday, Moss described his experience as “a slap in the face.” He wasn’t among the record-tying 14 LSU Tigers selected during April’s draft, and noted it was particularly insulting to see “kickers and punters and special teams guys get picked” over him.
Moss didn’t remain a free agent for long though. The 22-year-old signed with the Washington Redskins after the draft proceedings wrapped up.
“Ultimately all I could ask for is the opportunity,” said Moss. “I put a lot of work in, years of football. We (LSU) went undefeated and won a national championship. I played my best ball in our biggest games.”
During this year’s SEC Championship game and College Football Playoffs, Moss caught a combined 11 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns. During the CFB Championship game, he hauled in five passes, including two touchdowns.
Thaddeus Moss Signed with Washington
As the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, Thaddeus is looking forward to establishing himself in the league with the Washington Redskins.
“I’ve always had to prove myself my whole life,” Moss said. “Having the last name that I’ve had, I’ve had to prove everybody else wrong, or prove myself right.”
Moss elected to sign with Washington, because the Redskins called first. He also heard from the Bengals and one of his father’s former teams, the Patriots.
“Thaddeus was a productive guy,” said Redskins’ vice president of player personnel Kyle Smith. He called it “a no-brainer to sign him.”
Moss joins a Washington team that lacks a clear starter at the tight end position after the release of the oft-injured Jordan Reed and the retirement of Vernon Davis. The Redskins signed veteran tight ends Richard Rodgers and Logan Thomas as free agents. They’ll pair with incumbent veteran Jeremy Sprinkle. The team also has Marcus Baugh, Hale Hentges and Caleb Wilson on the roster at the position.
Thaddeus Moss, like so many athletes before him, will use this experience as fuel for his career. He will also look to forge his own path outside of his father’s long shadow.
“Everybody keeps mentioning my father, mentioning his last name, but just the identity I want to make is my own identity,” said Moss. “I look forward to making a name for myself.”