It looks like the Washington Redskins are ready to make a major change at the tight end position, and I would be surprised if Jordan Reed doesn’t end up taking a further stranglehold on the Redskins targets at the TE position. He will likely end up starting over Fred Davis, unless if Davis steps up his play or Reed cools off. Even though the season is only two weeks old, Davis has caught just three passes for 25 yards, while Reed has hauled in eight passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Reed is clearly being used more by the Redskins as a pass-catcher, and I think we’re in for a changing of the guard on the Redskins; there could be a new starting TE very soon.
Fred Davis is currently listed questionable on the Washington Redskins injury report after likely sustaining an ankle injury during yesterday’s practice. That puts his status for tomorrow’s matchup against the Detroit Lions squarely in doubt, and it looks like Jordan Reed is going to be in line for even more targets tomorrow. That gives the Florida Gators rookie an even bigger chance to impress the Redskins coaching staff, as they look to make a final decision on the tight end situation.
Mike Shanahan benched Davis in the second half of last week’s loss to the Green Bay Packers after Davis had some blown blocking assignments, and blocking is the only advantage Davis seems to have on Reed right now. If Davis’s blocking really does slip, then Logan Paulsen will take the blocking snaps and Reed will continue to see even more playing time.
It looks like Mike Shanahan is very high on Jordan Reed overall, as he recently praised Reed, via CSN Washington’s Rich Tandler, “He’s done a great job. He’s got a unique ability to be able to beat people one-on-one. If a linebacker covers him or if a safety covers him, he’s got the foot quickness and the ability to move where he’s going to get open the majority of the time, which is very hard for tight ends to do. He can move like a wide receiver, so that’s one of the reasons why he played a lot last week in the two-minute situation, where he got a chance to matchup on some people.”