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.
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.
Reed practiced with the running backs Monday, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports. The rookie fifth-round pick has a running-back body at 6-foot, 224 pounds, but he primarily worked as a wide receiver and kick return specialist in college, finishing his UVA career with 129 receptions, 106 kick returns and only 34 carries. In terms of his short-term fantasy prospects, Reed might actually be more promising at wide receiver, where the Chargers appear desperate for depth behind Keenan Allen and a banged-up Mike Williams (shoulder).
The Chargers selected Reed in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 151st overall. Reed didn't generate a lot of buzz among mainstream media during the pre-draft process but there's a lot to like about his game. He was a deep ball specialist early in his Virginia career, catching 25 of 37 targets for 465 yards (12.6 YPT) and seven touchdowns in 2018. He was used more as a chain mover in 2019 as his target count exploded to 116. He caught 77 of those targets for 679 yards. Reed also led the nation in kick return average at 33.2 a pop, and two of those returns went for touchdowns. The Chargers have a deep group of veteran receivers, but Reed is someone to keep on the radar in dynasty formats because his production and traits (6-foot, 224 pounds with a 38.0-inch vertical) suggest he can turn into a contributor down the line.
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|17||01/03||@Kansas City Chiefs||1||12.00|
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