Like most men on an NFL roster, rookie tight end Jordan Reed was an outstanding high school football player. However, not at the position he now plays for the Washington Redskins.
A native of New London, CT, Reed led the Whalers as a quarterback to an undefeated season in his senior year. The year before that, he threw 28 touchdowns against only 2 interceptions and added another 8 TDs on the ground.
All of that success got the attention of many major college programs throughout the country. He was rated as a four-star recruit, meaning he could just about pick any school he wanted. He chose the University of Florida, which has seen its fare share of successful, big name collegiate quarterbacks.
In fact, when Reed first got to Gainesville, FL, there was a certain guy by the name of Tim Tebow on the roster. He had the QB position pretty well locked up, having just won the Heisman Trophy and all. Reed figured to maybe get his chance the following year when Tebow was set to graduate.
As the way most things go, plans didn’t exactly go according to plan.
Reed injured his knee, which as an option-type of quarterbacj really hurt his chances of being Tebow’s successor after he was picked by the Broncos in the first round following his departure from the Gators. Florida native John Brantley won the job outright instead.
Even so, Reed was listed as the third string QB along with being No. 1 on the tight end depth chart. Probably a good choice; the Gators went 12-0 in the regular season before losing in the SEC Championship game to Alabama.
Being just three years removed from taking QB snaps at the collegiate level, could Jordan Reed have forgotten how to play the position? Of course not. That’s why he would make an excellent emergency quarterback for the Redskins in 2013, replacing fullback Darrel Young.
He has great size for a QB: 6-2, 235 pounds and he’s an option player, meaning he could play out of Kyle Shanahan’s read-option attack.
With the Redskins possibly having only two quarterbacks for the preseason finale, perhaps Jordan Reed could get a few snaps behind center as the game winds down?
Probably not, but you never know.
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