The receiver who may be most important to the Washington Redskins wasn’t their leader last fall or a high-profile addition this offseason. But if all goes according to plan, pass-catching tight end Jordan Reed will play a vital role in Washington’s passing game for years to come.
The Redskins are counting on the second-year player to be among the NFL’s most productive at his position. In a solid rookie season cut short because of a concussion, Reed proved he possesses what it takes to become a difference maker.
The next step is for Reed to consistently stand out in Washington’s new-look passing game. New Coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay, who formerly coached the Redskins’ tight ends, will put Reed in position to succeed. Reed is confident he can do the rest.
Reed was on pace for 80-887-5.3 (#7 TE-type numbers) prior to his injury, but didn't even crack the 50% snaps played mark until Week 6. In the five games where he played at least 50% of his team's snaps, he averaged 6.2-76-.40 or #3 TE-type numbers. The main concern with Reed is his injury history, specifically with concussions. According to NBC Washington, in addition to a severe concussion in 2013, Reed suffered two concussions while at Florida. If he can stay healthy, he's a likely top 5 fantasy TE, but that's no sure thing.