Head coach Jay Gruden said the Washington offense will run through Reed, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
With 1,000-yard receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson both departing in free agency, Reed is the obvious choice to serve as Kirk Cousins' top target, which he arguably already was at times last season. Washington did sign wide receiver Terrelle Pryor to join slot standout Jamison Crowder and 2016 first-rounder Josh Doctson, but Reed is still the best bet to lead the team in targets -- at least on a per-game basis. The 26-year-old tight end has always been limited by health more than anything else, playing 14 or fewer games in each of his four professional seasons. He's averaging 5.9 catches, 7.7 targets and 63 receiving yards per game since Kirk Cousins took over as the team's unquestioned No. 1 quarterback heading into the 2015 season. If not for injuries, Reed would already have at least one 1,000-yard season to his name. He dealt with a shoulder injury late last year, but there's been nothing to suggest that it's lingered into the offseason.
Reed recorded five receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Reed was limited all week due to shoulder aliment but didn't seemed to be bothered by it in the season-finale. Reed scored the team's lone touchdown, a one-yard strike from Kirk Cousins in the third quarter. He'll now shift his focus to getting healthy in the offseason, as he continuously popped up on Washington's injury report throughout the season. Through all the injuries, Reed recorded 66 receptions for 686 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games.
Reed (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game versus the Giants.
Despite turning in limited showings all week, Reed was termed by head coach Jay Gruden as looking "like a ballerina out there" Friday. If he's indeed closing in on the end of his recovery from an AC joint separation in his left shoulder, Reed could yield fruit against a Giants defense that has surrendered 77.8 yards per game and two touchdowns to tight ends over the last eight outings.
Reed's shoulder injury kept him limited in practice this week, but coach Jay Gruden was impressed by his performance Friday, saying, "Jordan looks great, he looks like a ballerina out there." Given that vote of confidence, it seems likely that Reed will suit up Sunday, but fantasy owners should still confirm his Week 17 status before setting their lineups.
Notably, head coach Jay Gruden relayed Thursday to John Keim of ESPN.com that Reed "did a lot more today" than he did Wednesday and "looks good," adding that he's on the path to active status Sunday against the Giants. In order to avoid an injury designation at week's end, Reed may have to practice in full Friday, meaning a listing of questionable is more than likely at this point.
|P1||8/10/17||@ BAL||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ TB||7:30 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|4||10/2/17||@ KC||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/23/17||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ SEA||4:05 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|13||11/30/17||@ DAL||8:25 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|