The Washington Redskins only know that tight end Jordan Reed won't play Thursday because of a hamstring issue. Beyond that, the only thing they're sure of is they'll need him for the season opener against Miami and that they hope he's available.
Reed has been sidelined since Aug. 11 with a hamstring injury. Coach Jay Gruden said even if they had a regular-season game this week that Reed would not play.
"We've got to get him right," Gruden said. "I've got to make sure he's 100 percent for Miami."
Gruden said he's hoping Reed can play in the third preseason game against Baltimore, but there's no guarantee he'll be ready by then. Even without injuries to tight ends Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen, the Redskins needed Reed to be healthy. Now with those two out, Reed's return becomes even bigger.
The story went on to say the Redskins want Reed to be a big part of their third-down package if nothing else. The problem is that Reed's durability has always been an issue. He's missed 12 games in his first two seasons and has missed time each of the past two training camps. When he plays he's put up fantasy numbers but potential owners will need a backup plan because even as it stands now, it's not certain he's ready for the season.
Sunday, August 16, 2015, 3:40pm
The Washington Redskins on Sunday began to address the depth at their tight end position that has been depleted by injuries, announcing the signing of rookie Ernst Brun.
Brun, who tried out with the team Sunday and then signed the same day, is an Iowa State product. From 2011-13, the 6-foot-3, 251-pound Brun caught 32 passes for 377 yards and six receiving touchdowns for the Cyclones.
Tight end Jordan Reed (strained hamstring) remained sidelined as the Washington Redskins resumed practice Saturday afternoon, but said he will try to play in next Thursday’s preseason game against Detroit.
“I might be able to play against Detroit,” he said. “I feel pretty good.”
With Niles Paul out for the year because of a fractured and dislocated left ankle suffered in the preseason opener at Cleveland, and Logan Paulsen due to have season-ending surgery on his right big toe on Monday, Reed is the only experienced tight end on the roster.
The others are Chase Dixon and Je’Ron Hamm, who spent a portion of last season on Washington’s practice squad, and Devin Mehina, an undrafted rookie out of BYU. The team could make some moves to bring in more help. As stated in a previous news item, whomever ends up second on the depth chart is just an injury away from getting significant time.
Coach Jay Gruden says after practice at training camp Saturday that Paulsen will have the operation on Monday.
Gruden says Washington will work out a couple of possible additions at tight end.
Gruden also says running back Silas Redd will miss the season with torn knee ligaments. Redd got hurt against Cleveland.
The value of Jordan Reed continues to grow. We'll keep you updated on whom the team signs as they would just be an injury away from starting if something happens to Reed, who has also struggled to stay healthy. The injury to Redd at the RB position may be good news for Chris Thompson who seemed like he was on the roster bubble. Thompson should now be behind Alfred Morris and Matt Jones on the RB depth chart.
Friday, August 14, 2015, 4:57pm
Washington lost a pair of players to season-ending injuries last night, according to one of their teammates.
Coach Jay Gruden said last night Redd suffered a “possible ACL/MCL,” and apparently the news they found out today was not good.
"Sam will not play. That was my decision. Sam is not happy about it,'' Kelly said. "I just felt he's only been out here a couple of weeks.''
Kelly went on to say that Bradford is fine — and the fact is he has not missed one day of practice, or even one drill in practice says volumes— it was just his decision to give him another week.
"It's just my call,'' Kelly said. "There's a fine line. You watch (Washington tight end) Niles Paul, who's a good player, go down last night. He's done for the year. We went back and forth about it, but it was my decision.''
Kelly did say Bradford would go against the Ravens all week in practice next week and play against them, Saturday, Aug. 22.
Bradford has not missed a rep in practice, so it sounds like Kelly -- who invoked the name of Niles Paul, lost for the season with a dislocated ankle -- is just being careful with his quarterback.
The Redskins lost tight end Niles Paul to injury late in the first quarter. He was carted off with a left leg injury after being rolled up on by Browns linebacker Craig Robertson. Trainers immediately placed an air cast on Paul.
Update: Per Ian Rapoport, Paul suffered a dislocated ankle. He will undergo an MRI to see if the ligaments are intact.
Update: Paul is out for the season.
Jordan Reed should retake his starting spot. When healthy, Reed has averaged 10.5 fantasy points in PPR formats over the past two seasons. This extrapolates to low-end TE1 numbers and he's certainly a worthy start when he's healthy enough to play. Heading into camp, he said his knee feels great after an offseason stem cell treatment. His ADP is currently in the 13th/14th round, so he's a low risk pick.
Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul suffered a scare Monday -- but it turns out that's all it was. According to multiple sources, Paul did not suffer any damage to his right shoulder and will be OK.
He's expected to take part in individual work during practice Tuesday afternoon.
Paul hurt his shoulder in 11-on-11 work Monday. After the play, he yanked his helmet off, yelled and walked quickly away followed by trainers. After a few minutes, he walked back toward where the players were standing. But he did not return. Paul is typically one of the most approachable and affable players, but he declined comment after practice as he headed to the locker room with the trainers for more evaluation.
It was just announced Monday that Paul is the team's starting TE heading into the first scrimmage. Fortunately for Paul and the Redskins, he received good news on the shoulder. He's grown into a key player for Washington, having added weight in the offseason and continuing to evolve at a position he's now played for three full seasons. Jordan Reed is the No. 2 tight end and will have a key role in the passing game according to the story. But Paul is considered a better blocker, which gives him an edge as the starter for a team that needs its tight ends to block in the run game.
A considerably bigger, stronger TE Niles Paul reported to Redskins training camp this season, carrying roughly 27 additional pounds of muscle to complement the fierce work ethic he already was known for in the weight room and on the practice field.
Redskins Coach Jay Gruden has rewarded Paul by naming him the team’s starting tight end, vaulting him ahead of the frequently injured Jordan Reed, on the unofficial depth chart that was released in the run-up to Thursday’s preseason opener at Cleveland.
Competing last year at 225 pounds, Paul had the most productive season of his NFL career, catching 39 passes while Reed was in and out of the lineup with hamstring ailments. In the offseason, Paul worked closely with the Redskins’ executive chef and the team’s new strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark, to raise his game. He also improved his eating habits. It will be interesting to see if Paul can do enough to keep the job. So far, he's putting in the time and it's paying off.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 9:32am
The Redskins need better blocking from their TEs.
This group was too inconsistent for the coaches when it came to blocking and that includes Logan Paulsen, too. It's not just on the offensive line to pass protect or open holes in the run game. They want, and need the tight ends to produce as blockers or other areas won't work.
Bill Callahan likes to involve the tight ends more than most in pass protection, though it does not sound like it will be a whole lot different than it was before he arrived. Jordan Reed blocked better as a rookie than he did last season and that can't happen again. Niles Paul's added weight will help in this area; he's worked on improving his angles and hand placement but sometimes was just outweighed. He's still slightly undersized but is a whole lot more suited to the position now than in the past.
The Skins loved Reed's offensive ability leading up to his rookie year when he eventually came out of no where to most. But Reed's problem is staying on the field. Last season, Reed's primary work came on short routes the story said. The article went on to say Reed's average air yards on passes thrown to him as a rookie was 6.61 while last season it was 4.40, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The result: Reed averaged 11.03 yards per catch as a rookie and 9.30 this past season. Reed is ranked just 24th on our TE list, but is capable of low-end TE1 numbers when healthy.
“I know an area I wanted to improve on a lot was blocking. I was always a willing blocker, but I was 230 pounds going against guys who were 260, 270, 280,” Paul told CSN Washington.com. “I just wanted to level out the playing field a little bit. And it has showed up on film out here [in OTAs]. I’ve been doing a good job.”
As it stands now, Paul currently weighs more than 250 pounds for the first time in his career. “I’m 252 right now,” he told reporters. “I feel good, and I feel healthy. I’m happy.”
“You know, he’s a converted wide received for goodness sakes and he’s busted his tail to get himself ready for the tight end spot,” head coach Jay Gruden said of Paul. “He’s stronger; he’s one of our most explosive players in the weight room, done some great things.”
Paul has had his moments with Jordan Reed sidelined. Last year, he caught 21 passes for 313 yards and a touchdown in the first four games with Reed out, and was the #9 TE in that span. But then he posted one-catch clunkers against the Seahawks in Week 5 and the 49ers in Week 12 with Reed sidelined. He's certainly a sleeper if Reed (knee) can't get healthy, but he hasn't been a consistent performer even with Reed out.
Redskins TE Jordan Reed, who had a procedure done on his injured knee, also watched. He didn’t walk with a noticeable limp, and didn’t wear a brace on the knee. HC Jay Gruden said he’s not concerned about the stability of the tight end position, praising Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen. (Gruden said Paul has bulked up some more in an attempt to help himself become more effective as a blocker. He’s definitely noticeably bigger).
Paul could surprise if Reed ends up on the shelf with his knee issues. Paul isn't a shoo-in to produce, but he has had his moments with Reed sidelined.
Reed was sent to a doctor last week after reporting soreness in his knee prior to last Tuesday’s OTA practice.
Gruden told reporters that Reed had a “little procedure” on his knee, adding that it was not arthroscopic surgery.
“It’s nothing, really,” Gruden told The Richmond Times Dispatch at the team's charity golf outing. “He’s having a little issue. Nothing serious.”
This is certainly a red flag for a player who has missed considerable time with injury. When healthy, Reed has averaged 10.5 fantasy points in PPR formats over the past two seasons. This extrapolates to low-end TE1 numbers and he's certainly a worthy start when he's healthy enough to play. Niles Paul has shown flashes when given starter's snaps, but he hasn't been consistent even when Reed is out.
As for Jordan Reed, he did not respond to a text message as of Tuesday evening but Chris Cooley shared on his ESPN 980 radio show "The Drive" that several people in the Redskins organization had mentioned to him that Reed had not looked good in recent weeks. Not sure at all what that means, but obviously it is something to be concerned about.
When healthy, Reed has averaged 10.5 fantasy points in PPR formats over the past two seasons. This extrapolates to low-end TE1 numbers and he's certainly a worthy start when he's healthy enough to play. His ADP is currently in the 13th/14th round, so he's a low risk pick. If he can't play, Niles Paul becomes a streaming option.
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:12pm
With the Redskins returning a majority of their weapons from the 2014 season, head coach Jay Gruden wants to see the ball spread around more in 2015.
As the Washington Redskins look to build off some of the offense’s successes from last season, head coach Jay Gruden wants to make sure the unit doesn’t become too predictable.
That starts with getting enough weapons involved to keep opposing defenses on their toes.
Yes, both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon will still get plenty of touches, but some of the team’s role players may see an increase in looks as well during the 2015 season.
“The most important thing with an offense is being able to spread the ball around and get everybody involved,” Gruden said at the NFL Annual Meetings in Phoenix. “I think with Pierre, Andre and Ryan Grant coming back in a second year, Jordan Reed, Niles Paul coming back, good sound running game with Alfred [Morris], Silas [Redd Jr.] and Chris Thompson, I think it’ll benefit everybody.”
Garçon carried the majority of the aerial attack during the 2013 season, recording 68 more receptions than anyone else on the team en route to a single-season franchise record 113 receptions. But Garcon's receptions dipped to 68 last year and the story mentioned the Gruden thinks the team can “get his numbers back up a little bit.” Gruden added that would come with QB stability.
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