Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) is tackled by Green Bay Packers linebacker Brad Jones (59) during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Reed not expected to play this week


Washington Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed has looked impressive as a pass-catcher throughout the year, and he looks better than veteran Fred Davis in that regard. Combine that with the fact that the Redskins might like Reed’s blocking more now, and it looks like Reed is indeed the new starting tight end for the Washington Redskins. That could change if Davis ha a big week, but it’s not something I anticipate happening. Even so, Davis could steal some momentum from Reed, who is not expected to play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, according to Redskins beat writer Grant Paulsen.

Jordan Reed, 23, has 13 receptions for 106 yards on the season, and he will be missed on Sunday. The Redskins should be able to dispose of the Raiders, but they will lose a quality pass-catching option in Reed, who has impressed this season. He’s been better than expected coming out of Florida, and I like what he’s done as a blocker. While Davis still probably has the advantage over Reed in blocking, Reed looks like the better and more dynamic receiver at the position.

It will be interesting to see how many targets the Redskins give to Fred Davis, who missed last week’s game. Reed should be able to step in as the starter in Week 5, but he shouldn’t be expected to play Sunday. Paulsen is a reliable source, and Reed is listed questionable on the injury report after only putting in limited practice work this week.

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