"He’s always been a natural route runner," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said. "He just gets it. You don’t have to overcoach him. He just naturally separates."
The 6-2, 237-pound Reed is one of the team's top basketball players and has a killer crossover move he's adapted to football, the website said.
"The way he can move his body and be in total control all the time is really special," fellow tight end Logan Paulsen said. "He does a lot of things that receivers can’t do and that will make him so special for a long time. I have never seen anyone run routes the way he runs them. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that. He’s a special talent. He’s just wired in an explosive athletic way. You see a guy cross somebody up in basketball; he has that move. Even though you know it’s coming he still gets guys to bite. It’s incredible."
Coach Jay Gruden called Reed a fluid athlete who still has a lot to learn.
"He’s effortless the way he runs and very smooth and very difficult to cover and he can stop on a dime and get out of cuts," Gruden said. "He’s very sudden, and he’s got a good feel for the zones. It’s just a matter now of perfecting his craft, both in the passing game when he has to protect and in the running game. So, you know that takes some time. He’s only in his second year and this is a new system, new terminology for him and he’s doing a good job but he has a ways to go before we mention him with the great tight ends in the NFL."
"He's going be a key player in our offense," McVay said. "He's an elite route runner for the position, and he still competes with the toughness. He's got great feet, so he can cover guys up in the run game."
McVay said the Redskins will find ways to get Reed in favorable matchups.
"I think what we'll try to do with him will maximize his skillset," McVay said. "He's done a great job this offseason, so he's in position to have a great year."
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|3||9/21/14||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|8||10/27/14||@ DAL||8:30 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|12||11/23/14||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|13||11/30/14||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
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