It's no secret Jordan Reed has the talent to become an elite tight end in the NFL. In two games last October, Reed combined for 17 catches, more than 200 yards and a touchdown. He has the hands, size and route-running ability to play at an All-Pro level, and his coach said as much during minicamp.
"He can run every route and get down the field fast. He can lineup inside and outside, he can still play in the core," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said. "There’s not many tight ends anymore that can play in the core and block and also run routes."
The only thing that held Reed back in 2013 were injuries. As a rookie, he dealt with quad injuries early, and later in the season concussions shut him down. Gruden said the 'Skins will monitor the concussion issue seriously, especially with strict NFL guidelines.
"We’re going to take our proper precautions," Gruden said. "He had a couple of unfortunate ones last year I guess and they kept him out for eight weeks, so obviously he had one and they took precautions. But he’s feeling good."
If Reed can stay healthy, the sky's the limit. But what exactly would constitute a good season for the second-year man from Florida? Only one tight end broke the 1,000 yard mark last season, Jimmy Graham of New Orleans. Reed may not need to break 1,000 yards, but getting to 750 yards would be a good season.
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