When he spoke to the media after the second night of the 2013 NFL draft, Mike Shanahan said that the team was not looking to take a tight end in the third round but when their pick came around, Florida tight end Jordan Reed was still on the board. Shanahan said that he was too good to pass up and so they took him with the 85th overall pick.
“When we looked at Jordan, we felt we had a guy who was very special catching the football and very special in and out of breaks,” said Shanahan on Monday.
It’s too early to judge the draft that took place last April but in regards to Reed it’s safe to say so far, so good.
“We get a chance to evaluate guy day by day and Jordan has been pretty impressive in practice and that’s why he’s gotten the opportunity to play in games,” said Shanahan.
Reed had his breakthrough game on Sunday against the Bears as he caught nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. He caught everything thrown in his direction.
“Targeted nine times, nine catches, that’s not too bad,” said Shanahan. The touchdown was a thing of beauty where he used both his size and athletic ability to reach up and catch a fade pass from Robert Griffin III in the end zone just before halftime.
Shanahan said that Reed looked “more like a receiver than a tight end” and he was split out wide on the touchdown pass.
Jordan has played fewer than half of the team’s offensive snaps (180 of 440) and he missed a game with a thigh contusion. But he is still the team’s second-leading receiver both in terms of catches with 26 and yards gained with 298.