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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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
Chargers' Joe Reed: Solid day as returner
Reed tallied 85 kick-return yards in the 23-20 overtime loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He also carried the ball once for eight yards.
Reed actually saw less offensive snaps (two) than his first career game (three), but regardless, it's pretty clear he's not any semblance of an offensive factor at the moment. The fifth-round pick has proven to be a fairly dominant returner, however, recording the fourth-most return yards (131) through two weeks.... See More ... See Less
Chargers' Joe Reed: Acts as primary kick returner
Reed registered 46 return yards in the win Sunday over the Bengals.
Reed saw just three offensive snaps all game, but it was interesting to see him confirmed as the team's starting kick returner. A nimble player in space, it's possible Reed could see some gadget plays designed for him later in the year, but at least at the moment he's hardly worth a look in even the deepest of fantasy leagues.... See More ... See Less
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