Redskins tight end Jordan Reed expected to be ready for Week 1
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was hesitant to speak on the health of tight end Jordan Reed heading into the 2019 NFL season. Fortunately, it appears he has since been given good reason to believe he is healthy.
Reed was put in the concussion protocol after taking a shot to the head from Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal that is expected to result in a fine. According to ESPN’s John Keim, Gruden is confident that he will be available for their season opener versus the Philadelphia Eagles.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he expects tight end Jordan Reed to be available for the season opener at Philadelphia. Reed entered the concussion protocol after a hit in Thursday’s preseason win at Atlanta. “We’re quite confident that Jordan will be fine,” Gruden said. That’s good news for a team whose passing game revolves largely around Reed.
This is certainly an encouraging sign for Reed. He is certainly no stranger to dealing with concussions, which is why Gruden was not willing to speculate until he knew all the facts. Fortunately, it appears he will be good to go in Week 1.
When healthy, Reed poses quite a matchup problem for opposing defenses thanks to his blend of size and speed. Gruden has named quarterback Case Keenum as the starter heading into the 2019 campaign and his hoping to provide him with as many weapons as possible.
If Reed can remain healthy, he is poised to serve an integral role on offense. Unfortunately, it remains to be seen given his track record with injuries.