The Washington Redskins haven’t been able to have much success so far in the 2013 NFL season as they have been waiting for star quarterback Robert Griffin III to get back to full health and have been battling poor defensive performances one after another.
However, in week seven the Redskins found a ton of offensive success as they found themselves in a shootout with the Chicago Bears. RG3 was back in full form as was the Redskins’ running game featuring both Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. The Redskins still allowed 41 points en route to their second win of the season, but they seemed to have found something on offense.
One of the things that they found last Sunday was that rookie tight end Jordan Reed is the real deal. Against the Bears, Reed caught all nine of the throws that were intended for him, resulting in 134 yards and a score. With Fred Davis being scratched prior to the game, Reed clearly benefitted and made things happen for the Redskins as a safety valve for RG3.
Reed has quietly been a reliable and productive option for the Redskins in the passing game. He’s been targeted 30 times in the five games that he’s played, catching an impressive 26 of them for 298 yards and two touchdowns. However, after his game against the Bears, he could be in for an even bigger second half of the season.
One of the things Washington’s offense has been lacking is a safety valve that can also break plays open for them. Reed showed last week that he can be that guy. The Redskins are more than likely going to lose to the Denver Broncos in week eight, but don’t be surprised if the rookie tight end isn’t impressive for the second straight week.