Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed had an outstanding rookie season. He was an absolute steal for the Redskins, as they drafted him with the 85th pick in the third round of the 2013 draft. However, as good as he played in 2013 season, Reed had trouble staying healthy. So his complete impact last season wasn’t fully realized.
But Reed’s talents was obvious, as he finished second on the team with 45 receptions for 499 yards and 3 TD’s. He displayed a knack for knowing how to find the open areas in the zone, and his athleticism presented a mismatch for defenses. Linebackers had a hard time staying with him, and defensive backs had problems with his combination of strength and speed.
Jordan Reed isn’t a great blocker as a tight end, but he proved to be adequate in that regard. But with his receiving skills the Redskins may be better off using two tight ends at times with Logan Paulsen handling most of the blocking chores and Reed attacking defenses. Reed missed seven games last season as he struggled with a concussion.
However, Reed is healthy now, and his chemistry with quarterback Robert Griffin III can be exploited even further. Especially now that RGIII is healthy this offseason as well, and the two have even more time to work together. New head coach Jay Gruden likes to use the tight end in his offense, and if Reed can stay healthy, I believe he can have a big season in 2014.