Reed's promising rookie year cut short

Reed's promising rookie year cut short
December 20, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Jordan Reed’s hit the ground running at the start of his rookie season. He picked up some steam as the Redskins approached midseason and it looked like he was on his way to a stellar first year.

But his season ended prematurely when he suffered a concussion in the 10th game of the season against the Eagles. It was announced yesterday that he will go on injured reserve for the final two games of the season.

In his first eight games prior to that game in Philadelphia (he missed the game in Oakland due to a knee injury) Reed caught at least four passes in every game but one. He averaged at least 10 yards per catch in six of his last seven games.

It all added up to 45 receptions for 499 yards and three touchdowns. If you project those numbers over a full 16-game season you get 80 receptions for just under 900 yards and six touchdowns. That line would compare favorably to the full 2012 season line for the 49ers Vernon Davis (49/805/5) and just a cut below the 2012 Jimmy Graham (85/982/9) and Tony Gonzales (93/930/8).

The issue is whether or not he can play 16 games. As noted, Reed missed a game with a knee injury before the concussion. He was limited during all of the offseason program with a knee/quad injury and another injury kept him out of part of training camp.

Reed did not have a history of missing games due to injuries when he played at Florida so it may be premature and unfair to hit him with the “injury prone” label. But while whoever is in charge of the Redskins should be planning ways to get the most out Reed in 2014, they also should make sure that there is a solid backup plan in place.