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Top Joe Reed News

  • Joe Reed: Lands on injured list

    Reed was placed on the practice squad injured list Wednesday due to an undisclosed injury.

    Reed was waived by the Chargers late in training camp after missing part of the preseason with a foot injury. Now back on the practice squad, Reed could make an impact on special teams at some point during the regular season if he can return to health.

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  • Joe Reed: Returns to practice squad

    Reed (foot) was signed to the Chargers' practice squad Wednesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

    The 2020 fifth-round pick was always a candidate to return to the team's practice squad should he clear waivers. Reed was primarily a special teams asset in his rookie campaign and could fill the same void later this season.

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  • Joe Reed: Waived Tuesday

    The Chargers waived Reed (foot) on Tuesday.

    Reed appeared in 11 games with the Chargers as a rookie last season, but he contributed almost entirely on special teams while failing to secure his lone target. The 2020 fifth-round pick might be a candidate for the practice squad.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Sports walking boot

    Reed arrived at Thursday's practice in a walking boot, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

    Reed, who complied 435 kickoff return yards through 11 games last season, appears to be sidelined with an undisclosed foot or ankle injury. His status will need to be monitored as Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers approaches.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Relevant only as kick returner

    Reed compiled 435 kick-return yards across 11 games during his rookie season. The 23-year-old saw a total of just 27 offensive snaps.

    The 2020 fifth-round pick had an opportunity to crack the starting lineup during an abbreviated offseason but instead saw second-year speedster Jalen Guyton jump over him for the No. 3 wide-receiver role to begin the year, cratering any sort of positive fantasy momentum for Reed. Reed's decent numbers as a kick returner likely will keep him off the roster bubble entering training camp next season, but even a drastic change in offensive philosophy might not be enough for Reed to leapfrog Guyton, and a number of other names, for the No. 3 role.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Gets work on special teams

    Reed fielded seven special-teams snaps during Sunday's 19-16 win against the Broncos.

    Reed hasn't taken a snap on offense since Week 9, and he has just five offensive touches (all rush attempts) for 29 yards on the season. Most of the 22-year-old's involvement has come via special teams, where he is averaging 20.7 yards per tote over 21 kickoff returns. Los Angeles' only kick-return opportunity Sunday against the Broncos went to Nasir Adderley.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Sitting down Thursday night

    Reed (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's matchup against the Raiders, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

    Reed has been one of Los Angeles' most frequently deployed options on kickoff returns this season, but KJ Hill will continue slotting into that role for Thursday Night Football. The Virginia product has averaged 20.7 yards over 21 returns in 2020, but he's a healthy scratch Week 15 after sitting out last Sunday's matchup against Atlanta because of a ribs injury. Reed's offensive involvement has been sparse, with five total touches to his name on the season.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: No limitations Tuesday

    Reed (ribs) was listed as a full participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report.

    The 22-year-old missed Sunday's win over the Falcons due to the rib injury. Reed should reclaim kick return duties and his depth role in the receiving corps Thursday against the Raiders.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Won't play Week 14

    Reed (ribs) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

    The 22-year-old was considered questionable with the rib injury but won't be suiting up Sunday. Reed has been targeted only once all season and rarely plays offensive snaps, so the Los Angeles offense shouldn't be significantly affected by his absence.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Tagged as questionable

    Reed (ribs) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Falcons.

    Reed had his practice reps capped all week, so he'll likely be a game-time decision for Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. His status won't affect the Chargers' offensive dynamic either way, as he didn't play a snap on offense over the last three games.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Returns to practice Wednesday

    Reed (ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

    Reed didn't practice last week and missed Sunday's game against the Patriots, but he's making progress with a return to practice Wednesday. If the rookie is able to return this week against the Falcons, it would mainly affect the team's kick return, where Reed has generated 435 yards this year.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Won't face Patriots

    Reed (ribs) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

    Reed received the questionable tag despite not practicing all week, and he won't available Sunday. KJ Hill should handle return duties for the Chargers this week.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Questionable for Sunday

    Reed (ribs) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Patriots.

    Reed didn't practice at all this week, putting him on the wrong track for Week 13. The rookie fifth-round pick rarely plays on offense but returns kicks on a consistent basis. KJ Hill could pitch in as a kick returner if Reed is unavailable this week.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Dealing with rib issue

    Reed (ribs) was a nonparticipant during Wednesday's practice.

    The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but it's certainly a negative sign for Reed to start the week as a DNP. Reed has seen all of his snaps on special teams the past three games, so his absence won't affect things from a fantasy perspective. If he was forced to miss Week 13 against New England, KJ Hill would be in line for an uptick in snaps on special teams.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Solid return in Week 8 defeat

    Reed registered a 26-yard kick return during Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Broncos.

    Reed has been involved in the kick-returning realm for every game that he's been active in 2020, registering a 23.2 yards-per-attempt average across nine returns (and five games played). Los Angeles has also deployed Tyron Johnson on kickoff returns this season, though he has not fared quite as well with 17.5 yards per attempt. The Virginia product sits fifth on the WR depth chart but he continues to carve out a role for himself with special-teams acumen. He also may get another opportunity on the offensive side in the near future, after notching a seven-yard rushing TD during the first quarter of a Week 7 win over the Jaguars.

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  • Chargers' Joe Reed: Held out for Week 4

    Reed (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

    The rookie from Virginia played an important special-teams role throughout September, but Week 4 marks the first time in Reed's young career that he will not dress for game action. He registered 25.7 yards per attempt on six kick-return tries Week 1 through 3, however, those duties will be left up to KJ Hill and Desmond King when the Chargers face Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 224 lbs
Birthplace: USA
Age: 23
Class: Sophomore