Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been named the NFL’s 77th best player as voted by his peers, NFL Network revealed Wednesday night on its annual Top 100 Players program.
The honor is the first of Reed’s four-year career. He joins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was named No. 85 last week, as the first two Redskins to make the cut.
Reed, one of seven tight ends to make this year’s list, recently signed a five-year, $47 million extension that included $22 million in guarantees. The reason for the massive payday? Massive production—and potential. Last year, the 25-year-old posted career highs in catches (87), receiving yards (952), first downs (52) and touchdowns (11) during the regular season. In the Wild Card loss to the Packers, Reed hauled in nine passes for 120 yards and a score.
Production, however, wasn't the only thing notable about Reed's 2015 campaign. He also established a career-high in games played with 14. Although he missed two contests due to a concussion, it was major improvement over his first two seasons, when he missed 12 of 32 games due to an assortement of injuries.
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If Reed can stay on the field, in fact, many of his peers believe his ceiling is as high as the best to ever play his position.
“Compare him to Tony Gonzalez—Tony Gonzalez in his prime,” teammate Ricky Jean-Francois said.
Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu added: “I think he’s really becoming one of the top three or four tight ends in this game.”
NFL Network has now unveiled players 71-100; the top 70 will rolled out—10 per episode—in the coming weeks.
Last year, three Redskins made the list—four-time Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams (No. 41), wide receiver DeSean Jackson (No. 50) and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (No. 78).
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