Injuries are a natural part of the game of football. Nobody wants to see a player leave the game due to an injury. Injuries can be a lingering issue that may cause some serious long term effects on a players body after their NFL career is over. It’s always important to not underestimate any type of injury that may happen.
One of the Washington Redskins’ best offensive weapons is tight end Jordan Reed. He is a player well known to miss some time due to injuries. Concussions have been the most frequent injury known in his history. Reed has yet to play a full 16-game season in the NFL. And who knows if he’ll ever make it to a full healthy season.
Jordan Reed is a focal point to the Washington Redskins offense. He’s one of the biggest targets on the team. He’s poised for a big play anytime he steps onto the football field. Reed has become one of Kirk Cousins‘ favorite targets during his time in Washington. With Reed sidelined, it takes a major blow to the high powered Redskin offense, which forces Cousins to rely more on his receivers to produce for him through the air.
Reed’s injury woes have lingered from his college days at Florida. The injuries started his sophomore year as a Gator. He suffered his first concussion mid season for the Gators and little did he know, the concussion issue would become a big concern throughout his football career. In four of the next five seasons since his sophomore year in college, Reed has suffered at least one concussion. Concussions may be the most common injury that can end a football players career in a much shorter time than they expected.
He has played a total of 46 games in four NFL seasons. Reed has missed 10 games from concussions. The injuries every year has held Reed to get fewer than 1,000 yards receiving in a single season. We all know that he is one of the games top tight ends when healthy. That’s a big when, but he has shown that he can do quite some damage when he’s out there playing with the rest of his teammates.
Cousins and Reed have seen an innumerable amount of success when they are healthy and playing together. Since Cousins has took over as the teams main quarterback heading into the 2015 season, Reed has averaged 5.9 catches, 7.7 targets and 63 receiving yards per game. He had a very successful season in 2016, although he only played in 12 games. He led all tight ends with a drop rate of just 1.49 percent this past season. Reed only registered one drop on 67 catchable targets.
Reed ranked in the league’s Top 10 in receptions, yards and touchdowns grabs in 2016. He did all this while missing four games as well. In only four of his 12 games played, Reed failed to haul in more than five passes from Cousins. As long as Reed is healthy and with Cousins, expect him to be Kirk’s favorite go-to target on the field and expect the teams production to increase as well.
Injuries have been a major concern for the 26-year-old. If he stays healthy for a full season, who knows the type of crazy numbers he can put up in the stat sheets. The biggest thing for Reed to do is not to rush into things just to play, as that may be a big red flag week in and week out. A healthy Jordan Reed can be an opponent’s worst nightmare on the football field trying to stop him.
Michael Trivisonno is a Washington Redskins contributor for Pro Football Spot. You can learn more about him by following him on Twitter at @Mike_Triv.