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TSJ-101 Editor’s Edition: “Feed Jordan Reed”

Jordan Reed Keith Allison


With the return of Jordan Reed to the starting lineup the Redskins offense gets back its biggest weapon on offense just in time for their push towards the playoffs

It has been a down year statistically speaking for Jordan Reed. After leading the Redskins in receiving last year with 87 catches, 952 yards, and 11 touchdowns, Reed has 61 receptions, 646 yards, and six touchdowns through 11 starts. When healthy, Reed is a match-up nightmare for defensive coordinators. He’s essentially a wide receiver, in a tight-end’s body.

Reed practiced in full this week and that’s great news for Washington. If the Redskins are going to have a chance of making the postseason, they’ll need Reed to once again assert his dominance. Kirk Cousins has an arsenal of weapons at his disposal. On the outside, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are on pace for 1,000 yard seasons but both have done it in different fashion.

Jackson has been the deep threat for the Redskins offense averaging nearly 18 yards per catch, on 971 yards and 54 catches. Since Garcon arrived in Washington, he has been the most consistent player on the Redskins offense. Garcon has 75 catches, with 945 yards, averaging 12.6 yards per catch. Garcon has built a reputation on his toughness and has accumulated the tough yards for Cousins in the passing game. Jamison Crowder has excelled in his role as a slot receiver. Crowder has 61 catches, 835 yards, and leads the Redskins with seven receiving touchdowns.

The return of Jordan Reed also bodes well for Robert Kelley and the running game. The Redskins love to run the ball out of three tight end sets and Reed adds an added element to that package. In addition to receiving threat Vernon Davis. Left tackle Ty Nsekhe serves as the blocking tight end in that package and it was effective in Kelley’s first three starts. More importantly, Kirk Cousins is at his best with Jordan Reed on the field. Before last week’s win over Chicago, Cousins was 1-7 without Reed in the starting lineup, with the lone win being over the Eagles in week six.