If there’s ever been a day for Jordan Reed news, today is the day. Just 48 hours removed from the best game of his fledgling NFL career, Reed has found a way into every single one of my posts and as we continue to look back on the game that was, you can’t help but feel excitement when thinking about the kid’s potential.
Reed notched a career-high 134 yards and touchdown on only nine catches. Each and every day the team’s decision to draft a tight end in the third round (scrutinized due to belief that it wasn’t a position of need) looks better and better.
Reed set a franchise rookie tight end record with his 134 yards, surpassing greats Chris Cooley and Jerry Smith in the process. On Monday, Cooley’s praise of Reed continued on Monday Morning Redskins Roundup exclusively on Redskins.com.
“Jordan Reed was outstanding,” Cooley told cohost Chris Russell of ESPN980. “All along he was so good in that game. I am so pleased to watch what he’s been able to do. I talked to Sean McVay the tight ends coach and he said ‘Look out for Jordan Reed he is going to have a big game today if we operate at the way we want to operate.’ They believe that he is not only one of the better players on this football team right now, but possibly one of the top three or four pass-catching tight ends in the NFL.”
Reed’s been honored by Cooley’s gushing reviews. After games, he’s usually one of the guys Cooley talks to, soaking up his advice like a sponge. Cooley on the other hand, walks away more and more impressed about the rook.
“I was told that going into Week 1 that halfway through the season Jordan Reed would be one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the NFL,” Cooley said. As a tight end and as a player I thought ‘Okay, this guy’s a rookie and he’d be this good’ and he’s one guy that I went back to the film and I’ve watched and said ‘Is this true?’ and it’s so true.
“Jordan Reed is outstanding when it comes to route running and it’s so natural. He will continue to get better because he will continue to be coached, but what he’s doing right now as much as they want to say we’re coaching him to do these things he is doing naturally.
“They’re putting him in a position to win. What he does in terms of route running is coaching a lot of the other players on this team. They’re using his clips from games, practice [and] training camp to teach these other receivers how they want these routes done because he is just that naturally talented and that capable of doing things at a second-level because of the type of person he is.”
Reed missed the Raiders game due to injury marking Sunday as only his fifth career appearance. He has 26 catches for 298 yards and two touchdowns.
Through Cooley’s first five games in 2004 he had 11 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns while his snaps were limited to preventing any stunting during his transition to the professional ranks.
The coaching staff has tried to do the same with Reed, but with so much success so quickly they’re finding it hard to keep him off the field.
“It’s funny to me because I remember being a third round draft pick and thinking ‘I should be the starter game one of this season but I only played 35 plays today.’ He did the same thing and it’s almost interesting that it’s the exact way playing out although I never had 134 yards in my career so a little bit better than me.”
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