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Redskins tight end Jordan Reed ranks fourth on the team in receptions with 13 and fifth in receiving yards with 106, despite being sidelined for two quarters against Detroit and all of last week’s contest game in Oakland.
But Reed’s production is just part of what’s got the coaching staff raving about the rookie. What’s impressed tight ends coach Sean McVay the most, in fact, is the speed with which Reed has picked up on the intricacies of the pro game.
“It’s been a real pleasant surprise,” McVay said recently. “He’s done a great job mentally. We’ve been really impressed with his ability to pick things up from that standpoint where he can do some things [pass] protection-wise and in the route game.”
McVay added: “And he’s competed really well in the run game, as well, and you saw [that against] Detroit. We’ve been really pleased with his progress and definitely have been surprised with his ability to pick things up quickly.”
Before Reed got hurt against the Lions, the rookie’s role had been on the rise. In that game, he played a season-high 31 snaps before a helmet to the thigh sent him to the sideline. He was inactive against the Raiders.
Reed, however, was on the field for practice Monday and did not appear to be encumbered by the bruise.
“He’s really done a great job with the snaps he’s played,” McVay said. “It’s kind of unfortunate that he took that shot right in his upper thigh against Detroit, but he’s making a bunch of progress and we’re expecting him to be ready when we come back against Dallas.”
McVay said Reed’s best effort came against the Lions. Indeed, Reed’s attention to detail in his routes helped him haul in five receptions for a career-best 50 yards.
He was also a stand out in the running game. Specifically, McVay liked Reed's second quarter block on 6 foot 6, 275-pound defensive end Israel Indonije that sprung Alfred Morris for a 30-yard touchdown run.
“I think he’s going to continue to improve,” McVay said. “He played  snaps in that game. Before he got injured, I thought he competed really well. On Alfred’s cutback run on the 30-yard touchdown, Jordan did a great job handling that defensive end and sustaining that block to finish.”
Two months ago, there was some concern about Reed’s readiness for the regular season, considering he missed the entire offseason program with a knee injury and a week of training camp with a bruised foot.
As it turns out, he’s already made up for the time he lost.
“He’s gotten better and better each week,” McVay said. “You can feel his confidence growing. So we’re expecting him to continue to progress these last 12 games.”