Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 1, 29 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.
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@Rich_TandlerCSN IF(big if) Jordan Reed can get healthy will he be a major part of the offense or will we still see plenty of Niles & Logan?— xavier clip (@tweetingclip) June 30, 2015
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed certainly has more than his share of health issues since coming into the league in 2013. As a rookie he missed one game with a knee injury and six more with a concussion. Last year it was four games missed with a hamstring injury suffered in Week 1 and missed another with a different hammy later in the season. In all, he has been on the roster for 32 games and has either appeared on the injury report or injured reserve for 17 of those games.
Everybody knows about that part. But most don’t know that even when he was healthy he did not have a very heavy workload. Let’s take a look at Weeks 6-9 and 13-17. Those weeks exclude the games he sat out and the games in which he got injured and left early.
Here are his snap counts per game and the Redskins’ total snaps for the game, per Pro Football Focus.
Game/Reed snaps/offensive snaps
Add it up and when he was healthy Jordan played 337 of 612 snaps. That’s about 55 percent of the plays, amounting to a heavy part-time load.
When he played in 2013 he was targeted 7.8 times per game. Last year his targets per game (again not counting the games he left early due to injury) stool at 6.9. Despite being healthy, he was virtually ignored in games against the Vikings (1 target), Eagles (2), and Bucs (2).
I shouldn’t give the impression here that Reed was not used at all. His 65 total targets were fourth on the team and more than anyone besides the top three wide receivers, despite missing five games.
Still, it’s hard to look at the snap counts and targets and figure that Reed will be a “major part” of the offense even if he’s healthy. That could change but probably not initially. I can see him starting out the year playing about half of the snaps and if he stays on the field his workload could increase to where he’s playing, say, 70 percent of the snaps. If he’s on the field more his targets will increase and he could become more of a part of the offense.
But it all starts with Reed staying healthy. If that happens I’m sure that the team will figure out ways to take advantage of his considerable talents.
—It’s been 185 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 75 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Redskins training camp starts 29; Preseason opener @ Browns 43; final cuts 66
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