Washington Redskins: Is it time to move on from Jordan Reed?
Back in 2013, Mike Shanahan, then head coach of the Washington Redskins, drafted a sure-handed TE out of the University of Florida. Jordan Reed was going to be the next best thing at the position. He was even getting comparisons to New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. However, since being drafted Reed has barely been on the field. In saying that, is it time for the Redskins to cut ties with the talented TE?
Jordan Reed has been a solid piece for the Washington Redskins offense. Although, that can only happen when he is on the field. Reed has faced various injuries throughout his time with the team. He has seen concussions, hamstring injuries, and his latest was a broken bone in his toe that required surgery. The injury will also cause Jordan Reed to miss the team’s OTA activities this spring.
Head Coach Jay Gruden was asked about Reed’s participation in OTAs, his answer was “Heck no”.
Meanwhile, the Redskins may already have a replacement for Reed in-house. The team drafted Jeremy Sprinkle in the fifth round out of the University of Arkansas in 2017. He is a much better blocker than Reed. That helps in the struggling run game of the Washington Redskins. He is also a big target at 6’5”. Without Reed being available for OTAs, this could give him the opportunity to work with the first team alongside veteran Vernon Davis.
So the question remains, should the Washington Redskins move on from Jordan Reed?
While the offense may be better with Jordan Reed, it is hard to say with him being gone so much. In fact, Reed has only played 52 of the 80 games he could play. Thus, that is a clip of 65%. An offense cannot run at that level.
In any case, the Redskins had an out earlier this month. Prior to March 18, moving on from Reed would cost the Washington Redskins an estimated $1.8 million in dead cap money. It would have also saved them an estimated $8.3 million. Nonetheless, the team kept the oft-injured TE triggering $8 million in guaranteed money. Hence, making it harder for the ‘Skins to move on in 2018.
The biggest thing going forward will be the health of Jordan Reed. If he can stay healthy, he was well worth the extension he signed. Of course, he is one of the best TEs in the game today. I hope that this long rehab stint will allow him to play a full 16 game season. Indeed allowing us to see his full potential over an entire season.
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