Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Jordan Reed earns PFWA honor
By John Keim
Jordan Reed stood out for the Washington Redskins, showing signs he could be a promising player in the future. In a 3-13 season, Reed provided a positive.
The Pro Football Writers Association of America recognized Reed's season, putting him on their All-Rookie team despite his only appearing in nine games. Reed missed the final six games because of a concussion. He finished with 45 catches for 499 yards, setting franchise single-season rookie tight end records. His yardage total was second among rookie tight ends and his reception total was tied for seventh among rookies. Not bad for someone who opened the season as the No. 3 tight end, though it was clear to the coaches that he'd be playing a significant role rather quickly. They loved his athleticism, work ethic and desire to improve. He became a trusted target for quarterback Robert Griffin III, who knew he only had to get the ball close to Reed and there was a good chance he'd make the catch.
Tampa Bay's Tim Wright, a converted receiver, led all rookie tight ends with 54 catches for 571 yards. The fact that Reed was close to those numbers in only nine games spoke volumes. He's also a better blocker than Wright, though Reed still has to improve in this area as well. The big question on Reed surrounds his durability, but there wasn't any doubt about his productivity. His 134 yards in a win against Chicago were the fourth most by a Redskins tight end.
Reed becomes the 32nd Redskin since 1975 to earn a spot on the PFWA team and is the second tight end to make it, joining Chris Cooley (2004).