Entering training camp, the Washington Redskins knew establishing chemistry with their new receiving corps would be one of their top priories. They also were excited about having star tight end Jordan Reed back healthy and ready to go. On Tuesday (8/01/17), Reed didn’t practice according to Head Coach Jay Gruden. Gruden said that Reed went to Charlotte to see a specialist about his big toe and there’s no current timetable for his return. Reed is currently on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list which didn’t raise much concern, but there is definitely some concern now.
The Redskins were looking for Reed to have a monster season in 2017 with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon both departing the team in free agency. When healthy, Reed is one of the best tight ends in the league. He has the speed, size, hands and is a good route runner for a guy his size. The only defense that has stopped Reed so far in his career is the injury bug. In the past four seasons, Reed has missed 20 games due to injury, which isn’t good. The Redskins have invested a lot in Reed, signing him to a five-year, $50 million extension, including $22 million guaranteed last May. His availability is more crucial than ever, as they look to take some of the pressure off of quarterback Kirk Cousins and the rest of the offensive unit.
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