Each day during training camp, the Redskins Blog will be highlighting one rookie as they participate in their first professional camp and try to find their way onto the final roster. Today’s spotlight is on tight end Jordan Reed.
This time three years ago, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was attending quarterbacks meetings at the University of Florida.
Despite being a supremely talented dual-threat quarterback during his high school days, Reed knew that a move was necessary to keep his NFL dream alive.
“I had a better chance of making it to the NFL as a tight end,” Reed said. “[Even] though I was recruited as a quarterback.”
Versatility Opens New Doors
While the secondary was a clear target of interest during the draft, the same couldn’t be said for tight end. After hitting the free agency market, five-year veteran Fred Davis couldn’t bear to leave the team that drafted him.
Logan Paulsen, who filled in for Davis after he went down with a season-ending injury last year, and Niles Paul were also in town. Reed though, was just too good of a natural talent to pass on.
“He was a guy that had a great ability to make people miss,” Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan told the media after selecting him. “When he has the ball in his hands, he can do things with the ball that are very athletic. That is something that a lot of tight ends can’t do. We weren’t necessarily looking for a tight end, but when he was there we couldn’t pass him up.”
His official draft profile says that he can play a variety of positions ranges from H-Back to wide receiver to even occasionally lining up in the backfield. Regardless of where he lines up, he just wants to help an offense loaded with weapons.
“I think I can help out in the run game,” Reed said. “I think I can create mismatches in the passing game with linebackers. I think I can get open.”
Seeking Guidance From The Veterans
The moment Jordan Reed walked through the doors at Redskins Park; he knew that the veteran presence from Paulsen and Davis would benefit him both on and off the field.
Originally undrafted out of UCLA, Paulsen’s work ethic has helped him work his way up the depth chart. While known mostly as a blocking tight end, Paulsen was on the receiving end of a touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III during the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks in January; a moment he had been preparing for his entire life.
“Logan’s work ethic is unbelievable,” Reed said. I’ve been seeing what he does to prepare and the types of notes he takes. Fred is confident, and he knows what kind of player he can be and that’s what I take from him.”
Five W’s and One H
What is your favorite movie?
“My favorite movie is Raging Bull.”
Who do you like more Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse?
Where is there something fun to do in New London, CT?
“Play basketball at the local rec center.”
When was the first time someone asked for your autograph?
“In high school, a little kid came up to me and asked for it.”
Why didn’t you have Twitter for so long?
“I’m not really into the whole social media stuff. I like to stick to myself.”
How good would a nap sound right now? (Asked after the afternoon practice)
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