The 2014 Redskins are loaded with storylines. Between now and the start of the first veteran minicamp on April 29, Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir will examine 20 questions Washington faces as Jay Gruden pieces together the roster, finalizes his playbook and preps for his first season as a head coach in the NFL.
Will Jordan Reed have a Pro Bowl season?
Jordan Reed was something of a surprise third-round pick last year with the Redskins already three deep at tight end. Many thought he would have a redshirt season after he missed the entire offseason program and a portion of training camp with some nagging injuries. But he jumped out of the gate with five receptions for 38 yards in the season opener and stayed on a roll. Reed had 45 catches for 499 yards when he went out of the Week 11 game against the Eagles with a concussion. He never returned from that injury. Can he keep up his 2013 pace for the entire 2014 season?
Tandler: Concussions are tricky injuries. Some players will get a serious one like Reed had and never have an issue again. Others are just susceptible to them because of the way they play or the way they are put together. We’ll have to wait and see where Reed falls on that scale. Reed didn’t have many injury issues at Florida; he missed just two games in his three seasons there. If he plays, he’ll put up numbers. Over a full season his 2013 stats project to around 90 catches for just under 1,000 yards. Other than Jimmy Graham, no tight ends had 1,000 receiving yards so if Reed can get there he should have a good shot at the Pro Bowl. Jay Gruden’s tight end friendly offense will help him, too.
El-Bashir: Reed certainly possesses the talent to become a Pro Bowler. Just as important, he also possesses the work ethic. On multiple occasions last season, Reed was the last player on the practice field as he worked on route running, his hands, his conditioning. That’s big. It’s one thing to have talent—Fred Davis is talented, too—but it’s another thing to cultivate that talent. That insatiable internal drive will serve Reed well. But … he’ll need a couple of things that are (somewhat) out of his control to break his way this season: health, as Rich pointed out, and opportunity. Last season, Reed was the Redskins’ second-leading pass catcher. Since then, however, the team has added a No. 1 receiver in DeSean Jackson and a No. 3 receiver in Andre Roberts to a corps that already features Pierre Garçon and Santana Moss. Sure, Reed could put up Pro Bowl numbers. But will he get enough passes thrown his way? I'm not sure there's enough footballs to go around.
- April 10: Who from the draft class of 2011 will step up?
- April 11: Who will claim the punter position?
- April 12: What 2013 draft pick will emerge to play a key role?
- Yesterday: Will Brian Orakpo take the next step?
- Today: Will Jordan Reed have a Pro Bowl season?
- Tomorrow: Will the Haslett without handcuffs scheme work?