Jeremy Sprinkle (born August 10, 1994) is an American football tight end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arkansas, and was drafted by the Redskins in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.[4]

 

 

Professional career

On November 28, 2016, it was announced that. Sprinkle had accepted his invitation to play in the 2017 Senior Bowl, along with Arkansas' punter Toby Baker.[5] On January 28, 2017, Sprinkle played in the Senior Bowl and caught one 18-yard pass from Pitts's Nathan Peterman. He was apart of Chicago Bears' head coach John Fox's North team, who lost 16-15 to the South.[6] Sprinkle was one of 19 tight ends who received an invitation to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.[7] Sprinkle performed the majority of drills and had a mediocre performance, finishing 14th among tight ends in the vertical jump and 10th in the 40-yard dash and broad jump.[8] On March 15, 2017, Sprinkle opted to participate at Arkansas' pro day, along with Cody Hollister, Dan Skipper, Jeremiah Ledbetter, and 13 other prospects.[9] Sprinkle chose to perform all.of his combine drills after his showing at the combine was lackluster. He successfully had better times and measures in all of them. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Sprinkle was projected to be a fourth or fifth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the fifth best tight end in the draft by NFL analyst Gil Brandt, the eighth best tight end by NFL analyst Mike Mayock, and the 11th best tight end prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[10][11][12]

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40-yard dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVert jumpBroadBP
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
252 lb
(114 kg)
34 12 in
(0.88 m)
10 34 in
(0.27 m)
4.69 s1.67 s2.74 s4.53 s7.10 s29 in
(0.74 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Arkansas' Pro Day[4]

The Washington Redskins selected Sprinkle in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[4] He was the 12th tight end selected in 2016.

On May 11, 2017, the Washington Redskins signed Sprinkle to a four-year, $2.67 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $276,503.[4]

Throughout training camp, Sprinkle competed for a roster spot with Niles Paul and Derek Carrier.[4] Head coach Jay Gruden named him the fourth tight end on the depth chart to start the regular season, behind veterans Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, and Niles Paul.[4]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start during a Week 3 matchup against the Oakland Raiders after being inactive for the first two games. Sprinkle earned the start after Jordan Reed suffered a hamstring injury and was unable to play.[4] Although he was held without a catch, the Redskins went on to win 27-10. Sprinkle was a healthy scratch from Weeks 6-8 after Reed returned from injury.[4] He was activated by the Redskins in Week 9 after Reed aggravated his hamstring injury. On November 19, 2017, Sprinkle caught his first career reception on a seven-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins during Washington's 34-31 loss at the New Orleans Saints.[4]

Career statistics

YearTeamGamesReceivingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLngTDFumLost
2017WAS1152136.57100
Career1152136.57100

Personal life

On December 27, 2016, Sprinkle was involved in a shoplifting incident during a Belk Bowl sponsored event in Charlotte, North Carolina. Players from Virginia Tech and Arkansas, who were playing in the upcoming Belk Bowl, were each given a Fossil watch, a $450 gift card, and 90 minutes to shop at a Belk store in the SouthPark Mall.[4] Sprinkle concealed eight items worth an estimated $260 his bag and attempted to steal the items. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responded to incident and arrested Sprinkle. He was released later that night after being cited for unlawful concealment. He was suspended two hours before the 2017 Belk Bowl.[4][5][5]