Reed finished tied for second on the team in targets, but finished fourth in yardage as Kirk Cousins spread the ball around. Reed has managed at least 56 yards in each game this season, but he has only gone as high as 70 and has still not reached the end zone. Perhaps a Week 4 matchup versus the Browns will present Reed with a breakout opportunity as the first month of the season comes to an end.
Reed led the team with five catches for 70 yards on seven targets in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.
Reed saw his total targets drop after being peppered with 11 in Week 1, but he led the team in receiving yards as Kirk Cousins spread the ball around. Reed is still a favorite target of Cousins' and ranks first among NFL tight ends with 18 targets through two weeks. He will face a favorable matchup versus a Giants squad that he torched for 195 yards on 14 receptions last season.
Reed won't play in Wednesday's preseason contest against the Buccaneers, Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post reports.
The Redskins are holding out the bulk of the starting unit, but for Reed the absence will be greeted warmly after tending to a sprained thumb this preseason. He'll aim to replicate his 11-touchdown 2015 campaign once the regular season kicks off on Sep. 12 against the Steelers.
Reed (thumb) caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Friday's preseason game against the Bills.
Reed may have shown some rust with an early drop, but he made up for it by breaking wide open for a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter. His lengthy injury history is more of a concern than the current issue, as Reed's sprained thumb should be back to full health by Week 1, if it isn't already.
After missing the first two preseason games with a sprained thumb, Reed is confident he'll be on the field come Friday night. While an official report may not come until shortly before kickoff, the tight end has gone on record saying he feels physically fine for Friday's matchup. He was active in individual drills and during 1-on-1s in Monday's practice.
|5||10/9/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ CIN||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|12||11/24/16||@ DAL||4:30 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|