Washington Redskins tight end, Jordan Reed, was reportedly held out of Tuesday’s OTA’s because of soreness in his right knee – well that didn’t take long. The third year player has a long history with injuries dating back to his Florida Gator days, but you shouldn’t write him off just yet.
The most important takeaway is the unfortunate timing of the injury. Head coach Jay Gruden downplayed the situation and said Reed will have his knee, “checked out”, so as of now, no one knows the severity of the injury. Fortunately for Reed, OTA’s are voluntary and if he needs substantial time to rest, that is what he’ll receive. However, Redskins fans and fantasy owners can’t help but feel like this is déjà vu.
In his four years as a Gator, Reed missed a handful of games due to injury, including the season opener in 2010 due to a right knee injury. In his first two years as a Redskin, Reed has missed 12 of 32 games due to hamstring and concussion issues. These ailments have drawn attention to Reed’s durability and reliability. Then again, whom else do the Redskins have to rely on?
In the 2015 NFL draft, the Redskins brought in 10 players. From those 10, six of them are offensive weapons, but zero play the tight end position. Last season, Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen rotated time at the position filling in for the hobbling Reed. Paul reeled in 39 catches for 507 yards and a TD, but his blocking ability is subpar. That’s when Paulsen would switch in and defenses would key in on the offensive game plan.
Reed can do it all, well, do everything but stay on the field. But when Reed is out there, he has been productive hauling in 95 catches for 964 yards and 3 TDs. He is a fluid route runner with great athleticism and the frame to block on the edge. If Reed can stay healthy and if the Redskins can find stability at the quarterback position, the third year TE can have a career year.