Thaddeus Moss to Bengals

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The Cincinnati Bengals have a new tight end, and it’s a former teammate of Joe Burrow.

On Monday, the Bengals claimed Thaddeus Moss off of waivers from the Washington Football Team.

A second-year player in 2021, Moss was a key piece of the LSU Tigers’ national-title-winning team that featured Burrow in his Heisman-winning campaign. That season saw Moss haul in 47 passes for 570 yards and four touchdowns, three of which came in LSU’s College Football Playoff wins over Oklahoma (one) and Clemson (two). He began his career at NC State before ultimately transferring to Baton Rouge.

Like father, like son. LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss has shown off his elite bloodlines during College Football Playoff. He played his best football in the postseason and that trend in the national title game against Clemson

Moss scored two touchdowns, a single game career high, on five catches for 36 yards. He also was targeted eight times as quarterback Joe Burrow put a topper on his record-breaking season with a 42-25 win in the national title game. In fact, Moss’ second touchdown of the evening, a four-yard score, gave Burrow the FBS record for most passing touchdowns in a season with 59. 

CAREER at LSU
One of the most productive tight ends in LSU history even though he saw action for one season with the Tigers … North Carolina State transfer that sat out 2017 due to NCAA transfer rules and then was sidelined all of 2018 with a leg injury … Had tremendous impact on the LSU passing game in 2019, catching 47 passes for 570 yards and 4 TDs … Holds LSU single-season record for receptions and receiving yards by a tight end … Son of one of the most prolific wide receivers in NFL history – Randy Moss … Had the distinction of presenting his dad at the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony … Opted to forgo final season of eligibility and entered his name into the 2020 NFL Draft. 

JUNIOR SEASON (2019)

Thaddeus Moss had the “most productive season for a tight end in school history” … Key part of LSU’s record-setting offense … A pass-catching threat on every play for the Tigers … Also very effective as a blocker in running situations … Holds LSU single-season mark for receptions (45) and receiving yards (570) by a tight end … Broke tight end reception mark previously held by Mitch Andrews (34 in 1985) and Malcolm Scott (34 in 1981) and broke the yardage mark held by David LaFleur (439) … Started all 14 games in which he appeared … Fourth on team in both receptions (45) and yards (570) … Averaged 12.1 yards a catch … Capped his LSU career with two receiving TDs in win Clemson in the national championship game … Had five receptions for 36 yards in the win over Clemson … His 6-yard TD reception with 10 seconds left in the first half put LSU up 28-17 at halftime … Added a 4-yard TD pass from Joe Burrow late in third quarter that extended the LSU lead to 35-25 … Caught four passes, including a 62-yard touchdown, in win over Oklahoma … Had career-best 99 yards receiving in win over the Sooners … Caught at least one pass in 11 of his 13 games … Career-best seven catches for 45 yards vs. Auburn … Had six catches for 46 yards in win over Alabama … Had a then career-best 68 yards on four receptions vs. Arkansas … Caught 22 passes over a four-game span vs. Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas … Two of his three receptions vs. Florida went for first downs … Against Alabama, had a highlight reel catch along the sidelines that made ESPN’s Top 10 Play of the Day list … That catch, which was reviewed and upheld, led to a rushing TD by Clyde Edwards-Helaire … Scored first TD of season against Utah State.

Stat Snapshot (Season)

Receiving Stats
47
Receptions
570
Rec. Yards
4
Touchdowns
12.13
Avg. Per Reception

HIGH SCHOOL
Played tight end at Mallard Creek High School for coach Michael Palmieri … Helped lead his team to its third-straight NC 4AA state championship as a senior, with a 49-6 win in the title game … Squad finished 14-2 and was the No. 1 ranked team in all of North Carolina after the season according to MaxPreps.com … Totaled 54 receptions for 831 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior season … Also played varsity basketball … The No. 123 player nationally regardless of position by Rivals.com … No. 6 tight end nationally and No. 7 overall player in North Carolina by Rivals.com … The No. 18 tight end nationally, No. 2 in North Carolina by Scout.com.

However, the NFL forgot about his greatness, Moss ended up going undrafted and eventually signed with Washington, where he spent his rookie season on injured reserve due to a foot injury that required surgery. He battled injuries throughout his college career, but he’ll be able to be great at this level, reuniting with his college quarterback from LSU, Joe Burrow.

This is a nice move that will see Moss crack the final roster as the final tight end. He’s already going to have chemistry with Burrow, and as the roster stands, won’t have a lot of competition for one of the final tight end/h-back spots.

If the Bengals don’t spend a high pick on a tight end in the upcoming NFL Draft, then C.J. Uzomah and Drew Sample are the only real options the team currently has, and Uzomah is coming off an Achilles injury that could limit him in training camp and perhaps the early portion of the regular-season schedule.

Now, check out some highlights of the newest Bengals tight end and son of NFL great Randy Moss in action.