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Among NFL tight ends, Jordan Reed ranks as "most dangerous"

Among NFL tight ends, Jordan Reed ranks as "most dangerous"

By just about any metric, the last 12 months stand out for Redskins tight end Jordan Reed. The 2015 season saw Reed emerge as a star for Washington, where he broke team records en route to nearly 1,000 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. Then, in May, the Redskins rewarded Reed with a nearly $50 million contract extension, with $22 million guaranteed.

And the accolades keep piling up.

Redskins tight end coach Wes Phillips called Reed "maybe the most exciting player in this league," and while it might sound like hyperbole, the young tight end looks like he could be on the verge of another monster season. With Kirk Cousins cemented at quarterback, and numerous receiving threats in DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon, Jamison Crowder, veteran tight end Vernon Davis brought in as a free agent and rookie WR Josh Doctson, the Redskins offense should be dynamic this fall.

While Reed was perhaps under the radar this time last year, that is no longer the case. The ranked the league's top tight ends in a podcast, and Reed ranked No. 2 overall, just behind New England's Rob Gronkowski.

"Best route runner tight end in the NFL," MMQB's Andy Benoit said to describe Reed.  

"He does other things well," Benoit continued, "most dangerous pure receiving threat in the league at his position."

High praise? Certainly. But look at how Reed closed the 2015 season and it makes sense. The Redskins finished the year on a four-game win streak to claim the NFC East title, in that stretch Reed grabbed 29 passes for nearly 400 yards and five touchdowns. And those stats came with Reed largely sitting out a Week 17 victory over the Cowboys.

In his first ever playoff game in January against the Packers, Reed had nine catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. In a playoff loss where the Redskins looked largely out of their element, Reed did not. 

Nobody will argue that Gronk does not deserve the top tight end spot in the NFL, though if Reed can play all of 2016 like he closed 2015, that gap will continue to narrow. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

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Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.