Washington Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed has seemingly usurped Fred Davis as the team’s starting TE, and he looks like the better and more dynamic pass-catcher than the veteran passer. Through three games this season, Reed has hauled in 13 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown, and the coaching staff has seemed to fall out of favor with Davis, who was benched in Week 2 for poor blocking assignments. Reed is getting more snaps than Davis, and he might even be a better blocker. His block to spring a big touchdown run from Alfred Morris was a beauty, and blocking was really the only advantage Davis seemed to have above Jordan Reed.
However, Reed suffered a thigh contusion (deep bruise) against the Detroit Lions, and he did not return. Davis did not play in that game with an ankle injury, but he is practicing this week and will likely play in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders. Reed’s status is more dicey, because we don’t know the severity of his contusion, and, more importantly, he hasn’t been practicing. ESPN’s Chris Russell tweeted that Reed is once again not practicing today, but he hopes to be able to practice tomorrow. Russell added that Jordan Reed is “in quite a bit of pain”, and he could be a game-time decision against Oakland.
If Reed misses this week’s game, then I would still expect him to be the starter beyond Week 4, unless if Fred Davis has a monster game. Reed has looked better than Davis this season, and he’s starting to gain more momentum than Davis as a blocker as well.