The 2013 version of the Washington Redskins have come up short on expectations so far at 2-4 heading into Week 8.
After an NFC East division title in 2012, the 'Skins were expected to rebound quickly from their playoff exit/RGIII's knee injury and make a sustained run at the top of the NFC East.
In a season with few bright spots, Rookie TE Jordan Reed has been a revelation for the Redskins.
Through his first six games in his NFL career, the 3rd round pick out of Flordia has amassed 26 catches for 298 yards and 2 TDs. Extrapolate that over 16 games and Reed would finish with 78 catches for 894 yards and 6 TDs. Not too shabby for a rookie. (Those are Pro Bowl level numbers)
Fred Davis who? Reed has quickly made the incumbent starter Davis expendable and a thing of the past. In Week 7, Davis was a healthy scratch, otherwise known as "we don't want you anymore."
Yesterday, reports surfaced the Redskins are actively shopping Davis who is talented in his own right but is coming off an Achillies injury in 2012 and a suspension for marijuana use in 2011. He is a risk and his time in Washington is coming to a close.
Many question when the 'Skins drafted Reed in the third round of the '13 Draft, but he is paying dividends already. You can never have enough recieving threats on the outside and Reed is proving that game by game. Comparisons to Aaron Hernandez by draft experts seem to be right on point.
Luckily for Redskins' fans, Reed could be the game-changing weapon they have sought for far too long.
Did you see his touchdown grab on Sunday against the Bears? It was 'Jimmy Graham-esque', a fade in the back corner of the end zone. As a diehard 'Skins fan, I can't tell you the last time I saw that kind of play for the burgundy and gold. NEVER. EVER. EVER.
The Bears couldn't contain him all game, (9 catches, 134 yards, TD) and he caught every single ball his way. Nine catches on nine targets and he is clearly Robert Griffin III's favorite new toy to play with across the middle of the field.
I'm no homer, but I could easily see Reed make his way into the upper echelon of tight ends (Graham, Gronk, Gonzalez, Witten, etc) in the league by season's end. He needs to be on the field at all times and is a must start in all fantasy leagues.
Not bad for a kid probably no one truly knew about heading into the '13 season...keep it up Mr. Reed, for I am impressed. You should be as well, and I'm sure the rest of the NFL is on notice.