Ugly. Bad. Subpar. Any of these words properly describe the Redskins offense through the first two weeks of the 2017 preseason, but that could change quick. On Sunday, the Redskins announced that Jordan Reed had been activated from the PUP list.
That means the star tight end can again practice with the team. Reed immediately becomes Washington's most dangerous offensive weapon, even on a team with guys packed with potential like Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson, or a player that has produced like Jamison Crowder.
RELATED: REDSKINS-PACKERS PRESEASON WEEK 2 MUST-SEE PHOTOS
Reed makes defensive coordinators alternate their game plan, and his health is of paramount importance to the Redskins.
Last season, Reed sustained a separated shoulder on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys. In the five games after that loss in Dallas, where Reed either didn't play or played with limited effectiveness, the Redskins passed for more than 300 yards just once. In the four games before the injury, including the Cowboys game, the Redskins passed for more than 300 yards three times, and 400 yards twice.
It's simple really: Reed on the field makes the Redskins offense dynamic. It makes Kirk Cousins a better quarterback.
Looking ahead, the question becomes if Reed will play in the preseason. He doesn't need to. He really doesn't.
RELATED: FIVE BIG TAKEAWAYS FROM REDSKINS' PRESEASON LOSS VS. PACKERS
If he does get through the week of practice healthy and without setback, it seems a safe bet he might play next week against the Bengals. Let Reed get some work, and let the new offense see what it looks like with the No. 1 tight end on the field.
Reed doesn't need to play in the preseason. His resume, when healthy, speaks volumes.
But the Redskins might need Reed. The team could use a spark. Against Green Bay's first team defense, the Redskins were wholly ineffective.
In three seasons, Jay Gruden has never won an opening game as coach of the Redskins. Reed playing in the preseason might not change that, but if Washington is able to get some momentum from an impressive outing against the Bengals, it could help.
Reed has that type of talent. He's also missd 20 games in a four-year career. Watching him at practice this week will be a major development.
<<CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS FROM REDSKINS TRAINING CAMP>>
Want more Redskins? Click here to follow JP on Facebook and check out @JPFinlayCSN for live updates via Twitter! Click here for the #RedskinsTalk on Apple Podcasts, here for Google Play or press play below. Don't forget to subscribe!