Reed could bring a boost
If tight end Jordan Reed could stay healthy, he would be a solid option for the Washington offense.
There’s no denying that Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed possesses an exceptional skill set.
At 6 feet 3 and 237 pounds, Reed has great size to go with impressive athleticism and speed. Redskins quarterbacks rave about Reed’s catch radius and his ability to make difficult grabs.
Defenses routinely have struggled to find a way to contain Reed. Having played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end in college, Reed boasts great versatility. The Redskins have lined him up as a traditional tight end or in the slot and sent him in motion out of the backfield or have split him out wide.
However, in each of his first two seasons in the NFL, injuries have kept him from achieving elite status. The former thirdround pick has played in only 20 games because of a variety of knee and hamstring injuries.
In nine games as a rookie, Reed recorded 45 catches for 499 yards and three touchdowns. He appeared in 11 games last season and notched 50 catches for 465 yards.
It’s hard not to play the “What if?” game when it comes to Reed. How much more effective would Washington’s offense have been in the red zone or on third downs had Reed remained healthy for entire 16-game slates?
As he enters his third season, uncertainty continues to loom over Reed.
Ongoing issues forced him to have a procedure on his left knee this spring, and because of it, he spent the entire offseason rehabilitating rather than practicing in an offense that has undergone some tweaks.
The Redskins believe Reed will be ready to go by the start of training camp; the report date and conditioning tests are set for July 29. However, it’s hard to know whether or for how long coaches will be able to count on Reed.
Reed could have taken part in some of the offseason work, but as a precaution, the team’s medical staff held him out, wanting him to be as healthy as possible for training camp.
Reed’s hope is that this season represents the beginning of new, healthy fortunes for him. If healthy, he has the chance to bring stability and explosiveness to Washington’s offense while also establishing himself as one of the most dangerous tight ends in the NFL. He also would give quarterback Robert Griffin III another reliable option on third downs. However, considering that Reed hasn’t had a healthy season since his junior year at Florida, that could be a big if.
Tight end Jordan Reed appeared in 11 games last season for the Redskins and notched 50 catches for 465 yards.