Why Jordan Reed must prove himself to the Washington Redskins in 2014

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The 2013 season for Jordan Reed consisted of just nine games. In them, Reed totaled 499 yards on 45 catches with 3 touchdowns. His rookie season was cut short by a concussion. Fantasy gurus had him on pace for top ten TE numbers if he’d played all sixteen games.

2014 is Reed’s chance to prove that those nine games were not a fluke.

Jordan Reed was an unexpected third round draft pick by Washington in the 2013 NFL draft. The Redskins were already stacked at TE, but things have unfolded in Reed’s favor since then. Fred Davis is currently MIA, not only as an unrestricted free agent, but the man is dealing with a suspension from the NFL for some off the field behavior. Reed will be Washington’s starting tight end, backed up by Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul.

Not only does a better receiving core surround Reed this season, but he will also have the added benefit of a WR/TE friendly offense behind the coaching of Jay Gruden. One of the most exciting features of the Washington Redskins’ offense this season is that there are a variety of weapons to take the pressure off of one another. Jordan Reed will slide into the mix with Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, and third down threat Santana Moss. Defenses will be forced to keep an eye on Garcon and Jackson, allowing Reed the chance to flourish.

In the 59 times he was target in 2013, Reed had just 3 drops. He’s not the biggest TE, but he has good hands and plenty of ability to make an impact. Only one TE in the entire NFL had over 1,000 yards in 2013 and that was Jimmy Graham. ESPN has Jordan Reed predicted as the #8 best TE going into 2014. It’s hard to tell how a concussion will impact a player long term, but assuming he is good to go, Jordan Reed will be a great player to watch this season.

Keep an eye on 23 year-old Jordan Reed as he looks to prove his worth this year. He has the talent to give the veteran tight ends of the NFL a run for their money come week one.