The same comparisons that boosted the positive buzz on Jordan Reed are now the very same ones from which he’d probably like to distance himself. Reed’s college team, high school and perceived NFL role drew comparisions galore to Aaron Hernandez leading up to the draft, and obviously the comparisons stop when it comes to the horrible news of the past several days.
Until late June, the key reason that made the Reed-Hernandez comparison cringe-worthy was that Hernandez is viewed by many as a more physically gifted prospect, even with Reed going a round earlier to the Washington Redskins. Now it’s hard not to cringe every time you search “Jordan Reed” and “Aaron Hernandez” also pops up.
“Why Florida’s Jordan Reed Is the NFL’s Next Aaron Hernandez” was the title of a Bleacher Report draft piece by the always-excellent Alessandro Miglio, detailing the many experts who compared Reed to Hernandez, a fellow Connecticut high school and University of Florida alum fit for a hyprid-tight end role. This group included the esteemed Greg Cosell of NFL Films.
“Someone mentioned Jordan Reed from FL. Love him on tape. Chance to be next “Joker” TE in NFL. Very similar to Aaron Hernandez,” Cosell tweeted.
Obviously, those comparisons are now going to be avoided as Reed finds his way back from a leg injury in Redskins camp. If Reed can get back to peak speed soon we could see the rookie offensive weapon provide a nice wrinkle for Robert Griffin III and the Shanahans’ offense. Regardless of whether he makes a splash in year one, I think the name association will quickly fade.
“It’s going good,” Reed said, via CSN Washington. “(Head athletic trainer Larry Hess) has been helping me out a lot. I’m getting stronger, getting my muscle back. That’s all I really need to do: get my muscle back and I’ll be all set. … I had a [thigh] contusion in college and that caused my quad to shutdown and stop working, which caused my kneecap to start moving around and banging into my bone, and that caused a bone bruise. As long as I get that quad back firing right, my kneecap will stay in place and I’ll be normal again.”