Washington Redskins star tight end Jordan Reed suffered a concussion in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles and was expected to come back two weeks later, but he suffered a setback and continued to feel concussion-like symptoms before finally being placed on the injured reserve before the Week 16 game against the Dallas Cowboys. Reed’s concussion was a nasty one, and it was a sad way for him to end his rookie season, especially since he was phenomenal when he was healthy.
In his mailbag piece today, the Washington Post’s Mike Jones reports that Reed has now recovered fully from his concussion and is “training” again, which is obviously great news for both him and the Redskins. Jay Gruden had a nice tight end duo to work with as the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator, but a versatile “joker” TE as talented as Jordan Reed gives Gruden a whole new toy to play with now that he’s the head coach of the Redskins. Promoted offensive coordinator Sean McVay, who previously coached the team’s TEs, is unsurprisingly a huge fan of the 23-year-old Florida product.
After a rookie year that easily exceeded expectations, Reed is poised for even bigger things in 2014 and will soon be a true household name. If he isn’t a top ten tight end already, Reed will soon become one. He’s an explosive, top-flight pass-catching tight end in this league already, and his versatility only helps to further that notion. At this point, he looks like a threat to catch seven touchdowns with 70 receptions and a copious amount of yardage next year.