Florida’s tight end position has disappeared this season, and Gator fans were reminded Sunday just how much the football team misses Jordan Reed.
The rookie had a breakout performance with Washington in its 45-41 victory over the Chicago Bears. Reed led the Redskins with nine receptions for 134 yards (both career-highs) and scored on a three-yard fade route to give them a touchdown lead just before half.
He also hauled in two passes on the game-winning drive, including a 10-yard catch on third-and-4 that set up the go-ahead score.
“It felt great, and just to have an opportunity be out there playing with these kind of caliber athletes, it feels great, and I just have to keep working hard,” Reed told the Washington Post afterward. “The win feels better than the stats. I’m just happy I was able to be a part of the win and help us get down there near the end and get the win.”
In a post-game interview, Washington coach Mike Shanahan said Reed has a rare skill set for a first-year tight end.
“I think a lot of people could see fairly early that he was one of the few guys that could come in and really set people up,” Shanahan said. “He’s got great quickness, he’s able to square up linebackers, safeties, and beat them one-on-one.
“You don’t see guys very often like that as rookies.”
Reed, who was selected in the third round of 2013 NFL Draft, is Washington’s second-leading receiver this season with 26 receptions for 298 yards and two touchdowns. He’s averaged more than 10 yards per catch in each of his last three games.
His emergence even has the Redskins trying to trade sixth-year tight end Fred Davis, a second-round draft pick out of Southern Cal who received Washington’s franchise tag in 2012.