RICHMOND—Tight end Jordan Reed practiced on Monday after missing about a week with a foot injury. He believes that he is nearly all the way back physically but he has some catching up to do on the mental side.
“I was a little rusty,” the team’s third-round draft pick said as he came off the field.
The rookie got right back into the swing of things. He caught a pass from Robert Griffin III in seven on seven work and then several more in full team drills, including one nice grab on the sideline.
The foot injury, which cost him an opportunity to play in his first preseason game last Thursday, was a bone bruise.
“I felt it a little bit but it wasn't too bad,” he said. He said that he had a bit of difficulty with some of his techniques but that he had no problem with running and cutting.
He did have some issues with reading and reacting to defenses. His missed time in training camp comes on the heels of having missed all of OTAs and minicamp with a knee and quad problem.
“The days off made me a little bit slower going through my progression and what I'm supposed to do against zone coverages and things like that so I was a little rust there,” he said. “But I'll get back into it.”
Reed could see his first preseason action on Monday against the Steelers.
“If there is no setback after today and he keeps practicing throughout the week, there is no reason that he shouldn’t play,” said Mike Shanahan when asked if He thought Reed would face Pittsburgh.
Reed can be an X factor for the Redskins’ offense. The 6-foot-2, 243-pound Florida product is not a traditional tight end in that he will rarely line up next to the tackle. We’ll see him lined up in the slot, in the backfield, in motion and maybe split out wide on occasion. His ability to pick up yardage after the catch could make him a valuable weapon for the Redskins’ offense.