Sean McKeon

American football player (born 1997)

American football player
Sean McKeon
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McKeon with the Cowboys in 2020
Personal information
Born: (1997-12-28) December 28, 1997 (age 26)
Dudley, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Shepherd Hill Regional (MA)
College:Michigan
Position:Tight end
Undrafted:2020
Career history
  • Dallas Cowboys (2020–2023)
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Receptions:6
Receiving yards:38
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Sean McKeon (born December 28, 1997) is an American football tight end who is a free agent. He played college football for the Michigan Wolverines.

Early years

McKeon attended Shepherd Hill Regional High School. As a sophomore, he only played as a defensive end, totaling 38 tackles (3 for loss), 2 sacks, one pass defensed, one fumble recovery and one blocked a field goal.

As a junior, he was a two-way player at tight end and defensive end, contributing to the team having a 10–2 record and winning the Division 4 Central Region state championship.

As a senior, he played in a Double Wing run-oriented offense, tallying 23 receptions for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns, while also making 57 tackles (11 for loss), 8 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 blocked field goals.[1]

He was a two-time USA Today All-State, ESPN Boston All-State, Suite Sports Central Massachusetts All-Star, Central Massachusetts All-Star and Max Prep All-State selection.

College career

McKeon in 2017

McKeon accepted a football scholarship from the University of Michigan. As a true freshman, he appeared in 4 games as a backup tight end behind Jake Butt. He made 2 receptions for 10 yards.

As a sophomore, he appeared in all 13 games with 10 starts at tight end. He registered 31 receptions (led the team), 301 receiving yards (second on the team) and 3 receiving touchdowns (led the team). He had 5 receptions for 82 yards against Purdue University.

As a junior, he appeared in all 13 games as a backup tight end behind Zach Gentry. He was used mostly for blocking purposes and on the special teams units, posting 14 receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown.

As a senior, he appeared in 10 games with 7 starts, while sharing the tight end duties with Nick Eubanks. He missed 3 games with a leg injury he suffered against the University of Wisconsin. He was used mostly for blocking purposes and on the special teams units, collecting 13 receptions (sixth on the team) for 235 yards (sixth on the team) and 2 receiving touchdowns (fourth on the team).

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span Bench press
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
242 lb
(110 kg)
33+12 in
(0.85 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Combine[2][3]

McKeon was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2020 NFL Draft on April 27.[4] The team made the unconventional move of keeping him as the fourth tight end to avoid losing him to waivers. He became the third-string tight end, after the starter Blake Jarwin suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game against the Los Angeles Rams. He appeared in 14 games with one start and played mainly on special teams. In Week 7, he started against the Washington Football Team when the team opened the game with a three tight end formation.

On September 2, 2021, McKeon was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury.[5] He was activated on November 3, 2021. He missed the first 7 games while recovering from the injury. On November 14, 2021, Sean registered his first NFL reception while playing against his former High School teammate, Chris Lindstrom and the Atlanta Falcons. On Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2021, he caught his first career receiving touchdown. A 10 yard pass from Dak Prescott against the Las Vegas Raiders. In the span of 9 games (2 started), McKeon recorded 4 catches of 27 and a touchdown. He appeared in 9 games with 2 starts, making 4 receptions for 27 yards and one touchdown.

In 2022, he fell on the depth chart behind rookies Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot during training camp. On August 30, 2022, McKeon was waived by the Cowboys and signed to the practice squad the next day.[6][7] He was promoted to the active roster on October 29. He appeared in 13 games, making 2 receptions for 11 yards.

On August 29, 2023, McKeon was waived by the Cowboys and re-signed to the practice squad.[8][9] On October 12, McKeon was signed to the active roster.[10] He was placed on injured reserve on December 6.

References

  1. ^ Kornacki, Steve (September 3, 2019). "McKeon Enjoying the Whole Ride as Senior Tight End". MGoBlue.com. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "Sean McKeon Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved February 21, 2023.
  3. ^ "2020 Draft Scout Sean McKeon, Michigan NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved February 21, 2023.
  4. ^ Eatman, Nick (April 27, 2020). "15 Undrafted Rookies Agree to Join 2020 Class". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  5. ^ Phillips, Rob (September 2, 2021). "CeeDee's Return Among Several Roster Moves". DallasCowboys.com.
  6. ^ Eatman, Nick (August 30, 2022). "Cowboys Make 28 Moves To Reach Roster Limit". DallasCowboys.com.
  7. ^ Eatman, Nick (August 31, 2022). "Rush, Grier & Maher Among Practice Squad Signees". DallasCowboys.com.
  8. ^ Harris, Nick (August 29, 2023). "Cowboys announce 36 roster moves ahead of regular season". DallasCowboys.com.
  9. ^ Walker, Patrik (August 30, 2023). "Cowboys move two to IR, reveal 2023 practice squad". DallasCowboys.com.
  10. ^ Eatman, Nick. "Roster moves: LB Evans added; Hendershot on IR". Dallas Cowboys. Retrieved October 12, 2023.

External links

  • Michigan Wolverines bio
  • Media related to Sean McKeon at Wikimedia Commons