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Multifaceted Reed Added To Offense

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 26, 2013 – 10:16 pm

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

With the 85th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins focused on adding to their elite offense with the selection of Jordan Reed out of Florida.

For weeks, mock drafts predicted that the Redskins would zero in on the defensive side of the pigskin with their first few picks.

It did not matter if it was a corner,safety, or linebacker; it was just the trendy thing to do.

Well the trendy read-option attack that Washington ignited in 2012 has just added another weapon to the arsenal in the form of a 6’2″ 236 pound athlete that has the versatility that head coach Mike Shanahan will love. Reed could be a serious threat when quarterback Robert Griffin III is rolling out on play action.

According to his NFL.com draft profile, Reed can be used at multiple positions ranging from tight end to running back.


Check out this highlight package of the newest Redskin.

You see all those catches made in the middle of the field?

With Santana Moss, Josh Morgan and Pierre Garcon on the outside, Reed could see huge holes opened up for him in the middle of the field for the Burgundy and Gold.

His NFL.com profile lists his strengths as:

Used from a variety of spot along the formation: inline tight end, detached tight end, receiver, H-back, and even some running back. Adequate blocker when able to ride the shoulder and drive. Resets and gets after his assignment in the running game if missed the first time. Very smooth in breaks on outside breaking routes. Shines with the ball in hand, makes moves in space like a big running back with agility. Consistently makes oncoming defenders miss with hops, cuts, or speed. Flashes getting physical to earn the first down or extra yard at the end of runs. Good mix of hands catching and letting it into his body against tight coverage.

According to CBSsports.com:

 Reed is a fluid and flexible athlete with smooth body control and controlled balance. He flashes WR moves after the catch with quick, elusive feet and deceiving speed to run away from defenders.Reed shows smooth athleticism in his routes, creating separation with sharp footwork and quick body movements. He has reliable hands and does a nice job holding onto the ball after a big hit, proving his ability and toughness over the middle of the field. Reed shows a very good feel for his surroundings with a savvy ability to find open spots in coverage. He flashes some power with the ability to lower his pads through contact and pick up yards after contact.

You might recall another versatile tight end who played some H-back that was drafted in the third round by the Redskins–two-time Pro Bowler Chris Cooley.

Chime in to tell us your thoughts on Reed coming to the Nation’s Capital.

Hail to the Redskins!

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22 Responses to “Multifaceted Reed Added To Offense”

  1. By robertgriffintheturd on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Rams continue to take our picks and turn them into multiple picks with starting quality. 2 years from now, the Rams will be hoisting a Lombardi while Griffin will be out of the league.

  2. By Ryan on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Thought we needed a safety….

  3. By Jim on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Skins should have drafted Phillip Thomas or Bacari Rambo. They don’t need a Tight End. Oh well we will see if they salvage this draft somehow.

  4. By jhg on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    you have got to be kidding me, what a horrible draft pick in round 3 when the DB Denver later selected was available, No matter how the Redskins’ blogger tries to make this choice sound good, this guy is a 5th or 6th round value pick when you consider the team’s needs. Terrible selection,

  5. By Brian Tinsman on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply


    If the coaching staff has him rated as the top WR/TE, it’s hard to pass on a guy like this. Did you think Kirk Cousins was a good pick last year? Probably not. But the Redskins don’t win the division without his gritty performance. Good teams have great depth. There is no long-term answer at TE for the team right now, and this could help prevent them from paying through the nose next year to keep Fred Davis. There’s savvy in any pick, it’s just how you look at it.

  6. By Enrique on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    He´s the next Shannon Sharpe. HTTR!!!

  7. By K-Factor on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Focus needs to be on the other side of the ball!!!

  8. By CavemanCatching on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I have been a big fan and supporter of Coach’s drafts since he arrived in DC … until today. Amerson is a boom or bust pick. Hoping for the former but, considering last year’s big-play burn fest for both D-Am and our own secondary, the latter looms large. I think Jamar Taylor or Robert Alford would have been the safer picks. Please prove me wrong!
    As for the Reed pick, I don’t believe that TE was a 2nd pick/3rd round priority. Safety has to be a major concern for the team considering the health and make-up of that position. Also, can’t believe that Jordon Reed was really the best available at the 85th pick. I truly hope that we get a little lucky and are able to snag Phillip Thomas in the 4th. I would breathe a little better if we do.

  9. By redskingoon on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply


  10. By redskingoon on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    You gotta look at the big picture and remember that players are drafted well in part of what player is best suited to be a factor in their particular system and dept is key as well. Picture Fred Davis God forbid suffering another injury next year or possibly leave us next yr. I’m sure that you would believe that Reid would be a more deadly weapon than Paulson and that’s to take nothing from him but Reid is a TE with all of the attributes to be a WR ala Fred Davis. Ammerson was a solid pick as well because if you look at his tape and all of the times he was beatin badly, they were all due in part of slight mental errors or gambling a tad too much which could and will be addressed and corrected under Jim Haslett and Rahiem Morris. I feel that if we are able to score Phillip Thomas, Shamarko Thomas, or Becarri Rambo in the 4th rd tomorrow I think that we would come out of this draft in GREAT shape considering having no 1st rd pick!

  11. By GW on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    To the fans; this is the same negative crap that I heard last year about
    Kurt Cousins and he shut them up. Who on these post are NFL talent
    evaluators? Let the “true” evaluators pick the players and stop listening
    to NFL commentators and writers who don’t know no more than my neighbor
    and he is a mailman.

  12. By Dustin on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I was thinking D also with this pick but I have confidence in the coaching and scouting staffs decisions. How many of us would have selected Alfred Morris last year? Coach Shanahan is infamous for making great picks in the draft that most people think are well, the opposite. This guy is not the biggest player at TE but neither was Chris Cooley. This pick might be perfect for our read option attack. I mean look at logan Plausen’s numbers and he wasnt even known for catching the ball. Im fine with this pick. HTTR!

  13. By Robyn Stultz on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Looking at the BIG Picture…this team is coming together and good things are ahead in 2013! Great attitudes, good work ethics and players with character bringin no distractions to the burgundy and gold!


  14. By Dino Brown on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Well……We got Thomas AND Rambo…..can you guys take the faith out of your pockets and put it back into the front office now. Thanks.

  15. By William Krebs on Apr 28, 2013 | Reply

    We still got the two safeties and a CB we wanted and got a great TE that will be a big plus next season. Cousins was moaned about by the same people last year and he not only saved the season, he is emerging as an excellent QB option and will pay off down the road. Getting the two safeties we did as late as we did makes them steals if they pan out. If Davis gets hurt or we lose him to free agency next year, we will be in trouble without a TE of good quality.

  16. By J Kushner on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Again, the management of the Washington Redskins have shown why the Redskins are the NFC East CHAMPIONS!

    So much for all the detractors or the short-sighted unintelligent commentators who didn’t see the long range benefit of what the management did last year.

    Now, we have corners, safety’s and oh, that’s right, another great option for RG3 to go to!

    Great job.GM, HC, owner and all the others!!

  17. By gamestation on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    This staff is legit. Amerson will become our best corner by midseason, dude is a ball hawk. We got safeties that can play both strong or free were Thomas will fit more naturally as FS and Rambo as a SS. Reed is a sweet pickup. Did you hear him talking about running four TE sets? That a lot of run blocking with passing threats all over the field. Super speedy shifty compliment to Morris in Chris Thompson that will be scary for a D to cover in 3rd down packages. Awesome draft.

  18. By Eric on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Great picks overall. We’ve picked up versatile DBS in all our selections, can really flip these guys around from FS to SS interchangeably both can play. Well see how our guys comeback from injury but, overall we’ve got pieces to our backfield. We needed a rb so I have no problems with thm getting these two guys, I’m sure they were looking at someone else in the 7th but was taken off the board before they could pick. Reed can be a nice piece, and we don’t necessarily need him to play right away, so adds to our te depth, they needed it cause obviously Patterson was garbage otherwise they wouldn’t of let him go. Jenkins will be nice addition to provide depth, can be a solid backup with a year or two in the system, and if he’s not healthy yet can keep him on ir for he year to learn the system. Our first pick Amerson, seems like a lot of people discount his ability. The fact is he is playmaking cb, great size and speed. Size and speed can’t be coached. When you look at our 3 DBS what do they all have in common, excellent zone coverage, good closing speed, and instinctual. If we get all these on the field speed will be our asset. Qbs will be afraid to put the ball beyond 25yds down field, and add that to our stout front seven, now you got a team balanced with closing speed. Can you say top 10 defense!

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