Making the Leap: Where does the Redskins' Reed rank?

Making the Leap: Where does the Redskins' Reed rank?
July 13, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Redskins tight end Jordan Reed recently was named to NFL.com’s ‘Making the Leap’ list, a group of 25 players expected to enjoy a break out season in 2014. 

Reed, who is entering his second season in Washington, was ranked No. 12. He joined Eagles tight end Zach Ertz—No. 15—as the only NFC East players selected this year.

From the analysis, written by Dan Hanzus:

Reed did most of his damage as a rookie in the middle of the field with Garcon earning his money on the outside. The offseason acquisition of DeSean Jackson -- one of the game's preeminent vertical threats -- should turn the middle of the field into the soft underbelly of opposing defenses. More options for RGIII isn't necessarily a bad thing for the tight end.

NFL.com's only concern? The same one that likely keeps Redskins Coach Jay Gruden awake at night.

Reed's concussion -- likely suffered on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews -- was the fourth of Reed's career dating back to college. Reed suffered several setbacks in his attempt to return from the injury before being shut down in December. Not helping matters was Reed's subsequent admission he hid a previous concussion from team doctors.

"I was in a bad spot for a long time," Reed told The Washington Times last month. "I started to get a little scared after about two months -- like, 'Maybe I'm going to be like this forever,' ... But it ended up going away."

Reed hasn't played the game at full speed with contact since he was hurt. We don't know if Reed will be able shake off his next big hit. Neither does he.

Indeed, NFL.com is high on Reed’s chances of enjoying a big year—if, of course, he stays healthy. In fact, Hanzus concluded that a 70 catch, 1,000-yard season with eight touchdowns is not out of the question for Reed, whom, we'd like to add, was a standout throughout OTAs and minicamp.