Reed plucked nine of 12 targets out of the air for 120 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Green Bay. Reed stole a possible Green Bay interception with a one-handed catch late in the first quarter and then split the seam for a touchdown later on that same drive. Reed was Washington's most consistent performer all season, leading the team in every major receiving category, and shone brightest toward the end of the season, with five touchdowns in the final four games of the year. Reed's 11 touchdowns tied him for seventh in the league and only Tyler Eifert scored more among tight ends. He should be treated as a top-flight tight end in 2016.
Reed caught all four of his targets for 45 yards in Sunday's season finale against the Cowboys. Reed wasn't asked to do nearly as much in this one after recording 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns over the previous three weeks, but he should play a bigger role in the NFC Wild Card Round next week. The third-year tight end once again showed excellent chemistry with quarterback Kirk Cousins despite his modest production, as Reed hauled in every pass thrown his way.
Reed's coach, Jay Gruden, said that it might make sense to rest some key players in Week 17 against the Cowboys, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Given Reed's injury history, it wouldn't make much sense for him to handle his usual workload in a game that has no impact on the playoff picture. Of course, he's entirely capable of producing a solid TE1 stat line in one half (or quarter), and Gruden may want his starters to get a tune-up for the postseason. Other leading candidates for rest include Kirk Cousins, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.
Reed caught nine of 11 targets for 129 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16. Reed has career highs across the board with 83 receptions, 907 yards, and 11 touchdowns.
Reed hauled in all seven passes that came his way in Sunday's win over Buffalo, totaling 84 yards and two scores. Reed got going early, scoring on a three-yard jumpball in the first quarter and then split the seam for an 18-yard touchdown in the second half. Reed had a three-game span in the middle of the season during which he found the end zone five times, but followed that up with a three-game scoreless streak. He has now scored three times in two weeks and only Rob Gronkowski and Tyler Eifert have more touchdowns from the tight end position this season. Given his ability to score in bunches, Sunday being his second two-score game of the season, Reed is tough to keep out of the lineup.
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