Reed is retiring from football, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The 2013 third-round pick played six seasons for Washington and one for San Francisco, peaking in 2015 with an 87/952/11 receiving line in 14 games. Reed missed multiple games every year, including an entire season in 2019. He might've been a regular Pro Bowler with better injury luck, as he averaged 5.4 catches for 56.5 yards per game over his first four NFL seasons, hauling in 75.8 percent of his targets in the process.
Reed finished the 2020 season with 26 receptions (on 46 targets) for 231 yards and four touchdowns across 10 games with the 49ers. Reed's career appeared to be in jeopardy after he missed the entire 2019 season while recovering from a concussion, the latest of several head injuries the tight end accumulated since entering the NFL in 2013. He received clearance to resume his career in 2020, and after linking up with the 49ers, he was fortunately able to stay relatively healthy for the most part, with the six games he missed being the result of a left knee sprain rather than a concussion. Even in a part-time role, the 29-year-old proved to be a capable receiving threat, especially in the red zone. He'll be an unrestricted free agent heading into the 2021 season, and the 49ers could have interest in retaining Reed to provide a high-quality pass-catching option on the depth chart behind star tight end George Kittle.
Reed caught two of five targets for 18 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Cowboys. Reed got off to a promising start as he got his team on the board with a five-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. He later added a 13-yard reception but was unable to haul in any more passes and finished with another modest yardage total. Meanwhile, George Kittle (foot) is pushing to return for the final two games of the season, but it remains to be seen if he's activated, given the 49ers' 5-9 record. If not, Reed would once again serve as the top tight end next Saturday against the Cardinals.
Reed had two receptions (five targets) for 12 yards in Sunday's 23-15 loss to the Washington Football Team. Reed (33 snaps) continues to split playing time with starter Ross Dwelley (36 snaps), with the latter being used more as a blocker and the former as a receiving threat. This was the first week that Dwelley (two receptions for 20 yards) outproduced the veteran tight end statistically, but Reed still garnered more targets with five to the starter's two. The 30-year-old still can post usable fantasy numbers in his current role, but the inconsistent play of backup quarterback Nick Mullens has kept Reed from becoming a fixture in standard leagues. George Kittle (foot) is unlikely to return for Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys, so Reed will continue to serve as the 49ers' primary receiving tight end for another week.
Reed brought in three of four targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' 34-24 loss to the Bills on Monday night. The veteran tight end was on his way to a decidedly unremarkable performance until corralling a five-yard touchdown pass from Nick Mullens in the right corner of the end zone with 54 seconds remaining. The touchdown grab was Reed's third of the season but first since Week 2 against the Jets, the contest in which he notched his other two scoring catches. He has put together a combined 10-112-1 line over the last three games while continuing to help fill in for George Kittle (IR-foot), and he'll look to carry over Monday's late-game spark into a Week 14 battle against his former Washington club.
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