Jordan Reed

NFL rumors: 49ers reached out to free-agent tight end Jordan Reed's agent

NFL rumors: 49ers reached out to free-agent tight end Jordan Reed's agent

The 49ers have the best -- this isn't a time for debate -- tight end in the NFL with George Kittle, which is why many were shocked when they pursued Austin Hooper in free agency. Hooper eventually signed a mega-contract with the Cleveland Browns, but this certainly signaled what the 49ers could have in store this offseason. 

Sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco that San Francisco already has interviewed University of Washington tight end Hunter Bryant over FaceTime. The 2020 NFL Draft is considered a weak class for tight ends, but the 49ers could look to upgrade their backup in Bryant, Notre Dame's Cole Kmet or Florida Atlantic's Harrison Bryant. 

The 49ers reportedly still are looking at free-agent tight ends, including a former star who has been riddled with injuries. 

"They're definitely looking at tight ends," The Athletic's Matt Barrows said Monday on KNBR's "Tolbert, Kruger & Brooks" show. "They were in on Hooper. I don't know how heavily they were in on him.

"But they've talked about him, they've talked to Jordan Reed's agent about Jordan Reed." 

Reed, 29, missed all of last season while dealing with the effects of a concussion he sustained in Washington's third preseason game. He has dealt with a barrage of injuries throughout his career, including multiple concussions.

Since entering the NFL in 2013, Reed only has averaged 10.8 games played per season and six starts. He played 13 games in 2018 -- starting eight -- and had 54 receptions for 554 yards and two touchdowns. 

"I know that doesn't move the needle for a lot of 49ers fans, but the point is they want an upgrade at their No. 2 tight end, and they'll look in the draft as well," Barrows said. 

[RELATED: NFL will expand playoffs to seven teams per conference in 2020]

Behind Kittle, Ross Dweley currently is the 49ers' backup tight end.

It sure looks like coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch want some added competition at the position.

With star TE Reed out again, Washington to lean on Vernon Davis


With star TE Reed out again, Washington to lean on Vernon Davis

ASHBURN, Va. -- First-round draft pick Josh Doctson was put on injured reserve by Washington on Friday with an injured left Achilles tendon.

Doctson has missed the past four games for Washington (4-2) after making just one catch in each of the team's first two games.

The wide receiver was the 22nd overall pick in this year's NFL draft but has been troubled by the Achilles tendon problem since rookie minicamp in May. Doctson did not play at all in the preseason.

"With all the work that we've put in, we thought it was best to immobilize him for a little bit of time and see if that can help," coach Jay Gruden said Friday.

Gruden raised the possibility of bringing Doctson back from IR later on - each team can do that with one player per season - saying, "Hopefully we'll get him back for the last, maybe, two games of the year."

Said teammate DeSean Jackson: "Hopefully he'll get right and get the treatment he needs and be back out there for us as soon as possible."

Doctson had one catch for 9 yards in Week 1, and one catch for 57 yards in Week 2. Washington was hoping he could contribute this season and be ready to step into a bigger role next season if Jackson or Pierre Garcon leaves via free agency.

Gruden also said tight end Jordan Reed will miss Sunday's game at the Detroit Lions (3-3) with a concussion. Reed, who leads the team with 33 catches in 2016, also sat out last week's win over Philadelphia after hitting his head during a victory over Baltimore a week earlier.

He participated somewhat in practice Wednesday - wearing a yellow, noncontact jersey - before being held out entirely Thursday and Friday.

"I don't think he had a setback," Gruden said. "I just think they didn't really clear him. ... That's all I can say. I don't even try to argue or ask why. I just (ask) if he's cleared or not - and the answer is `No.' So hopefully we'll get him back next week."

Jackson, the receiver whose left shoulder has been bothering him, practiced Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. He was listed as questionable against Detroit.

Gruden said the team would see how Jackson feels Saturday before determining whether he would play at Detroit.

"That's a decision they've got to make," Jackson said. "I think I'll be all right, though."