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OPEN THREAD: Redskins face big loss with Jordan Reed concussion


OPEN THREAD: Redskins face big loss with Jordan Reed concussion

Throughout the Redskins first four games of the 2015 season, the importance of tight end Jordan Reed showed on every offensive drive. A big body with great hands and an ability to get open, Reed became a quick favorite of QB Kirk Cousins, especially on third downs.

Sunday, Reed sustained a concussion, his second in his three-year Redskins career and his fourth since his college days at Florida. Considering the frequency of concussions for Reed, as well as the extended absence Reed took after a concussion his rookie season (he missed the final six games of that season), it's fair to wonder if Washington must look ahead to Atlanta and beyond without Reed in the lineup. 


Now in the NFL's concussion protocol, Reed will face a series of examinations and tests before he can get back on the field. What the Redskins must consider is a way to replace his impressive production. In four games Reed has hauled in 24 catches for 278 yards and a touchdown, tied for the team lead in catches and leading the team in receiving yards. 

The Redskins have already lost a number of starters to injury, and head coach Jay Gruden has been impressed with his team's resiliency. Assuming Reed will miss time with the concussion, Gruden will be forced to turn to Derek Carrier at tight end. The Redskins traded for Carrier for depth at the position in training camp when both Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen were lost for the season with injuries. The Redskins are in a unique spot, as no position on the field has been hit as hard by the injury bug as tight end.  

For his part, Carrier has shown flashes of ability. He's grabbed four catches for 26 yards; no other tight end on the roster has a single catch.

It's also possible the Redskins could try to bring fullback Darrel Young back into the offense if Reed misses time. Young has shown an ability to catch the ball in space, and is big enough to provide help blocking blitzing linebackers. Another angle to consider, especially on the heels of yesterday's offensive outburst, is the Redskins give Chris Thompson more opportunities and lineup in more shotgun looks.

No matter how you slice it, if Reed misses time it's a big blow to the Redskins. And considering the concussion history, it's likely he will miss some time. 

How will the Redskins cope with the loss of Reed? Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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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.

Tweet of the week

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.