Reed led his team in all receiving categories Sunday, amassing seven catches for 71 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets in a 23-21 loss to Houston.
Reed caught a nine-yard score from backup quarterback Colt McCoy -- who replaced an injured Alex Smith (leg) -- in the third quarter. The Reed-Smith connection never clicked as well as the tight end's owners hoped, but this display of chemistry with McCoy is encouraging, as Smith's done for the year. Reed will look to build on this performance when the Redskins visit Dallas in Week 12.
Reed admitted he's been playing with some pain in both of his big toes, but he said the situation is improving, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. "I feel like I'm starting to come over the curve," Reed said. "[But] I'm still dealing with the pain. I have scar tissue in both my toes, and I've got to run routes and cut hard and slam my feet every day. I'm starting to learn how to manage it, find what works for me and what takes away the pain."
While yet to miss a contest this season, Reed is struggling in terms of per-game production for the first time in his career. He isn't the best version of himself physically after toe surgery kept him off his feet for seven weeks during the offseason, and he also believes his lack of vertical targets has allowed opponents to sit on underneath routes. There is some hope for a strong finish to the campaign, as Reed is averaging 7.4 targets the past five weeks in a Washington offense otherwise lacking in healthy pass-catching talent. He gets an interesting Week 11 matchup against a Houston defense that's allowing 9.1 yards per target to tight ends this season, despite playing at a high level overall.
Reed caught four of six passes that came his way for 51 yards during Sunday's 16-3 win over Tampa Bay.
How will Washington cope with the loss of Paul Richardson (shoulder) for the season? One way is by lining the versatile Reed out wide. That's what the team did in the closing moments of the third quarter, running a quick slant for a 12-yard gain that brought Washington into the red zone and set up the game's only touchdown. Reed's Sunday production was modest but was still his best statistical performance since Week 3 as he led Washington's pass catchers with six targets. He should be counted on next Sunday against a Houston defense that is elite against the run but so-so versus the pass.
Reed (back) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Reed incredibly made it to Week 9 before showing up on the injury report for the first time all season, ultimately playing through a minor neck injury in a 38-14 loss to Atlanta. He had his reps limited this week while dealing with a back issue, but his status for Sunday never seemed to be in question. With so many injuries at other positions, Washington may need to rely on quick passes to Reed against a soft Bucs defense. No team has given up more yards per game (77.3) to tight ends.
Reed (back) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Given his troubling health history, Reed's presence on the injury report always carries some degree of concern, but his back issue isn't believed to be a significant one. Still, Reed would alleviate some worry about his availability for this weekend's matchup with the Buccaneers by logging a full practice Friday. If cleared to play, Reed would benefit from a juicy matchup against a Tampa Bay defense that has 8.9 yards per attempt this season, the NFL's second-worst mark.
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