Quarterback Taylor Heinicke is confident in tight end Ricky Seals-Jones

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The Washington Football Team will be without tight end Logan Thomas for the foreseeable future after Washington placed the veteran starter on injured reserve Wednesday.

Thomas injured his hamstring in Sunday’s Week 4 win over the Falcons after just five offensive plays. Veteran Ricky Seals-Jones replaced Thomas in the lineup and caught two passes for 19 yards on four targets.

Seals-Jones, 26, signed with Washington in the spring; he beat out other veterans to be Thomas’ primary backup this summer.

Now, the job belongs to him for at least three weeks. Quarterback Taylor Heinicke is certainly confident in Seals-Jones.

“We’re gonna miss him [Thomas], but it’s Ricky’s turn to come up, step up,” Heinicke said on Wednesday. “I thought he did a great job of stepping up against Atlanta, made some plays. You’ve seen him progress throughout training camp and throughout this year, blocking and making some plays. We feel very confident in Ricky going in there and getting the job done.”

Heinicke and Seals-Jones connected for one of the more clutch touchdowns in the NFL so far this season in Washington’s Week 2 win over the Giants.

Heinicke isn’t the type of quarterback to only throw to players he’s comfortable with. He’s throwing to everyone on the field at some point. So, Seals-Jones has a golden opportunity over the next few weeks.

Washington will miss Thomas both as a receiver and a blocker. The team will also use rookie John Bates, and there’s a good chance Sammis Reyes is active for the first time this week.