Redskins News: Jordan Reed activated from PUP list

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Jordan Reed /

Jordan Reed had been on the PUP list since the start of training camp with a toe injury. The Washington Redskins officially activated him on Sunday afternoon.

Coming into the 2017 NFL season, there was a lot of buzz around Jordan Reed. The Redskins tight end was expected to play a key role in the passing game. After all, the team had just lost top receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. They needed their veterans, Reed and Jamison Crowder, to step up and help set the tone for the offense along with Kirk Cousins.

Unfortunately, Reed was hurt before training camp began. As training camp started, the Redskins were forced to put Reed on the PUP list with a toe injury. At the time, there was no timetable for his return. Thankfully, the Redskins activated Reed from the list on Sunday, and that is definitely good news for the team.

In the first couple weeks of the preseason, the Redskins offense has been bad. The starters have yet to find consistent success against their opponent’s starters, and a lot of the blame for that is being placed on Cousins. Though Cousins hasn’t looked great, he has been working without his top weapon for most of training camp. It obviously has hurt the offense, so his return will help in that regard.

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The role that Reed is going to play in the Redskins offense is as the security blanket. The team has a lot of talent at the receiver position, but only Crowder has a proven track record with Cousins. Terrelle Pryor just joined the team this offseason, and thus far, he and Cousins have not been on the same page. As for Josh Doctson, he has been on the team since they drafted him in 2016, but he hasn’t been able to stay healthy. Thus, he too has little history with Cousins.

Reed knows what Cousins likes to get from a receiver. He will work over the middle of the field, and could be a great weapon for the veteran quarterback. Reed is arguably the second best tight end in the league when healthy, and he should be the team’s top receiving option. Crowder might end up being their No. 1 receiver at the start of the season, but Reed will see a lot of targets too.

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This is a big moment for the Redskins. Reed is one of their most talented offensive players, and their offense has struggled thus far. Perhaps his return will help them to succeed in the third week of the preseason. It will be nice to see Reed in action again, as the regular season rapidly approaches.