If Jordan Reed can stay healthy, he could be a standout Fantasy tight end. But been the case for three seasons in a row. After a breakout season in 2015 when he was challenging the likes of Rob Gronkowski to be the No. 1 Fantasy tight end, he's missed 17 games over the past three years. And even though he played 13 games last season, he battled through foot and toe injuries. Coach Jay Gruden said Reed is healthy now, and it would be great if he can play 16 games for the first time in his career. Washington needs him with a receiving corps led by Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson and Trey Quinn, and Fantasy players would love to get a quality tight end like Reed playing at a high level. He's worth drafting with a late-round pick in all formats, and he could be a top-10 tight end by the end of the year.
Reed (foot) reported for mandatory minicamp, but he has been limited to rehab work, Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan reports. Reed wasn't present for the majority of OTAs as he rehabbed his sprained foot on his own in Miami. Back in Washington for mandatory minicamp, Reed's limitations are no surprise given his lengthy medical history. It's no guarantee he'll be full-go when training camp opens later this summer.
Reed (foot) isn't present for OTAs and is believed to be working out in Miami, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports. Reed's absence may be a matter of personal preference rather than injury, as teammate Adrian Peterson mentioned in March that he had been working out with the tight end. The oft-injured Reed played through discomfort in 2018 after having offseason surgery on both big toes, slogging his way through 13 games before a foot sprain cost him the final three weeks. While still useful on quick passes, his 54 receptions yielded just two touchdowns and two gains of 25 or more yards. Reed turns 29 in July and may be looking at a slightly better quarterback situation this season, but his ability to stay healthy and explosive is always in doubt.
Running back Adrian Peterson said Reed (foot) has been working out with him in Houston this offseason, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports. This news bodes well for Reed's availability for offseason workouts after he finished last season on injured reserve with a sprained foot. However, it isn't clear if Reed is participating under any limitations, and it's possible the Redskins could keep the oft-injured tight end under bubble wrap this spring and summer regardless.
Coach Jay Gruden believes Reed (foot) is an important part of the Redskins' future, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. "I like Jordan a lot," Gruden said Monday. "Tight ends that can win in zone and man coverage are hard to find. His blocking has improved and is going to continue to get better the stronger that he gets. We just have to get him healthy, but he is a dynamic player, a great athlete, works extremely hard, a great kid, never late and he's a big part of the success of this football team moving forward in my opinion." It doesn't sound like Gruden has any interest in freeing up $7.9 million in cap space by releasing Reed, who caught 54 of 84 targets for 558 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games during the 2018 campaign. The 28-year-old tight end finished another season on injured reserve, and at one point in November, he admitted he was still feeling the impact of offseason surgery on both big toes. Reed seems to be looking at a far less grueling rehab process during the 2019 offseason, though his medical record remains a massive concern. While it isn't too difficult to make a case for his release, Reed takes on extra importance due to the lack of pass-catching talent on the Washington roster. The team could ask him to take a small pay cut on the heels of yet another injury-shortened season.
The Redskins placed Reed (foot) on injured reserve Thursday. A move to IR always seemed to be a likely outcome for Reed after he sprained his foot in the blowout loss to the Giants in Week 14. Since suffering the injury, Reed has missed two games and hasn't resumed practicing, closing the door on a potential return for the season finale against the Eagles. With Vernon Davis also working back from a concussion that sidelined him in Week 16 against the Titans, Jeremy Sprinkle could get another look as Washington's top tight end before 2018 comes to a close.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/29||@New York Giants||19||7.38|
|5||10/06||New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|7||10/20||San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
|11||11/17||New York Jets||6||4.88|
|14||12/08||@Green Bay Packers||8||5.50|
|16||12/22||New York Giants||19||7.38|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||69||49||485||3||26||9.90||64|