Watching the Redskins first team offense this preseason has been a struggle. The team has not been able to consistently move the ball, and while Robert Griffin III gets the bulk of the blame for the struggles, it's worth noting that Washington has been without two of their best scoring threats in receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end Jordan Reed.
Tuesday, Washington coach Jay Gruden gave updates on both players as they return from injury. The news was good for Reed, who practiced fully, but less enthusiastic for Jackson.
"Jordan did everything today. He looked good," Gruden said of Reed. "That's exciting."
Reed hasn't played a snap in the preseason after dealing with a host of injuries, most recently hamstring troubles. A great pass catcher, Reed provides the 'Skins a strong threat from the tight end position, when he can stay healthy. In his two years in Washington, injuries have been a constant source of concern with Reed, and with the loss of Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen for the season, Reed's importance is greatly enhanced for 2015. Gruden said Reed has made "good progress" and the coach seemed genuinely excited about his tight end.
The same can't be said for Gruden's tone talking about Jackson, who did individual drills on Tuesday but no work with the team.
"The likelihood of him playing is pretty slim," Gruden said of Jackson's availability for the third preseason game this Saturday in Baltimore.
Jackson was a revelation for the 'Skins in 2014, one of the few bright spots in a bad season. The speedster hurt his shoulder during training camp in Richmond, and while early reports suggested Jackson would miss extended time, it's believed Jackson could return for the Redskins regular season opener against the Dolphins on September 13.