Entering 2014 with higher expectations, OC Sean McVay believes TE Jordan Reed will be an important piece for a dynamic Redskins offense.
“He’s going be a key player in our offense,” McVay told the media during minicamp. “He’s an elite route runner for the position, and he still competes with the toughness. He’s got great feet, so he can cover guys up in the run game.”
Faster than most linebackers covering him and more physical than some cornerbacks, McVay said they’ll find ways to get Reed in favorable matchups.
“I think what we’ll try to do with him will maximize his skillset,” McVay said. “He’s done a great job this offseason, so he’s in position to have a great year.”
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.