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Reed’s return would be a big boost for Redskins offense

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Reed’s return would be a big boost for Redskins offense

After missing two games with a concussion, Jordan Reed believes he is ready to go.

“I’m good,” Reed said after practicing on a limited basis on Wednesday. “100-percent.”

To be sure, according to the NFL’s concussion protocol the decision to clear him to play is not in the hands of Reed, or even the team. An independent neurologist needs to give the final OK and according to Jay Gruden, Reed and Trent Williams, out last Sunday with a concussion, should be checked out today or tomorrow.

Assuming Reed gets cleared, the Redskins will get getting back a key weapon in their passing attack. At the time of the injury, which happened late in the last game the Redskins won, against the Eagles on October 4, Reed was leading the team in receiving with 24 catches for 295 yards.

The best part about Reed’s production is that it has been steady. Here are his game-by-game catch stats (receptions-yards):

  • Week 1 MIA 7-63 
  • Week 2 StL 6-82
  • Week 3 @NYG 6-96
  • Week 4 PHI 5-37

Derek Carrier has started the two games that Reed has missed. Here are his stats:

  • Week 5 @ATL 2-27
  • Week 6 @NYJ 4-39

Anthony McCoy, who moved up to the second tight end in Reed’s absence, does not have a reception on his ledger. You don’t need any advanced statistical analysis to see that the team has had a drop off in production at the tight end position.

Reed hasn’t just caught passes this year; he has moved the chains. Of his 24 receptions, 18 have been good for first downs. Even with the two games missed, he still leads the team in receptions for first downs.

Of those 18 receptions for first downs, eight have come on third down. Reed is tied with Pierre Garçon for the team lead in that category. With Reed in the lineup the Redskins were among the league’s best on converting third downs with a success rate of 47 percent. In the two games Reed has missed the Redskins’ third-down conversion rate has plummeted to 33 percent. This analysis comes with a small sample size alert but it’s a good bet that if Reed can play he will help the Redskins improve on third down.

The Redskins’ running game has suffered in Reed’s absence as well with the team able to muster only 85 yards rushing in the last two games combined. It would be more of a stretch to think that a Reed return would be a cure for that. But he has developed into an adequate run blocker while Carrier is a liability there. When you’re looking for solutions, any little bit can help.

Again, Reed returning to action against the Bucs this Sunday seems to be a probability but it is not certain. If he returns it almost certainly will help the Redskins’ sputtering offense. 

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.

 

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?

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Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 

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