As teams continue to get rosters in order prior to the start of training camp, which is set to kick off in just a few weeks, former Washington tight end Jordan Reed plans to play in 2020, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The 30-year-old also is said to have three teams interested in his services, but that trio of clubs wasn't specifically identified.
As Reed's fantasy owners know throughout the last few years, when healthy he can be a TE1 fantasy option. But health is been his biggest issue, specifically concussion. In 2015 he caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns over 14 games. He was also named to the Pro Bowl in 2016 after catching 66 balls for 686 yards and eight scores over just a 12 game stretch. He suffered the seventh recorded concussion of his career during Washington's third preseason contest against the Falcons last summer, which forced him to eventually miss the entire season.
The Rams think Reynolds can step in with the loss of Brandin Cooks to the Texans. A fourth-round pick in 2017, Reynolds served mostly as a backup the past three seasons, but filled in as a starter when needed. In 48 games, Reynolds caught 61 passes for 832 yards and seven touchdowns.
A sixth-year pro, Malcolm Brown provides experience and is dependable -- he rushed for a career-high five touchdowns last season. But expect the young backs to be featured after the Rams recently invested in them with early draft picks.
The Rams traded up to get Henderson last year, but he only played on 8% of the snaps in 2019. Akers was a second round pick back in April, so it makes sense one of these two takes over at some point. The writer feels Akers should be a presence between the tackles but missing offseason workouts because of the pandemic could hurt him, perhaps at least to start the season. We rank Akers the highest among the Ram backs.