For the second year in a row, the Washington Redskins’ most electrifying rookie has his season end in an injury. Last season, we saw Robert Griffin III leave the field with a knee injury and this year a concussion is keeping Jordan Reed off the field and on the Injured Reserve list.
In a press conference on Thursday, Mike Shanahan announced that Reed was headed to the IR after a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh said that he didn’t want Reed practicing for at least the next three weeks. It only seems logical that the Redskins shutdown the rookie tight end to protect his body, career and future with the franchise.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Reed has been injured and he’s been sidelined with injuries quite frequently since being drafted this past April. His injury history dates all the way back to his days with the Florida Gators. We’re starting to see a very alarming trend arise in his football career.
While at Florida, Reed missed time in two of his three seasons with injuries, including a knee injury in 2010. Since joining the Redskins, he missed OTA’s with a knee/quad injury, missed the start of training camp with a mid-foot sprain, was inactive against the Oakland Raiders with a quad contusion, suffered a hip pointer against the Dallas Cowboys (didn’t miss any time) and suffered his current concussion against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12.
If you’re the Redskins, that’s quite an extensive history for such a promising young rookie at a position that has been a bit of a question mark. Fred Davis isn’t the player that he used to be and the time is coming for them to decide on Davis’ contract. If they feel they can rely on the battered Reed, then saving some money and letting Davis walk should be easy.
Unfortunately, the decision won’t be that easy. Davis has had some injuries in the past, but his history isn’t nearly as extensive as Reed’s. When Davis is healthy, he’s shown the potential to be a high-caliber NFL tight end. However, that potential has merely been flashed and Davis has a problem with inconsistency.
Many experts and scouts have drooled over the potential of Jordan Reed. The Redskins definitely got a steal with the 85th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but they’ve inherited quite a conundrum when deciding on their tight end situation this coming offseason. They have an inconsistent veteran with a high price tag and bad attitude and a rookie that’s been beaten, battered and bruised. If they can only chose one, which is likely, it’ll be a tough call.