Jordan Reed Is the Tight End of the Future in Washington
The Washington Redskins continue to overhaul their image under new General Manager Scot McCloughan.
McCloughan says it on nearly every interview that I hear from him: "We just want to acquire talent. We want football players." Generic, yes, but the reality is that he's building a very dangerous offense in Washington.
The deal is believed to have an annual value in the $9 to $10.5 million range.
Former Redskins General Manager, Charley Casserly (of NFL Network), loves the move that the Redskins made. Casserly says that Reed separates from defenders better than any tight end in the league. He tweeted this morning:
Exc signing #Redskins TE Jordan Reed #Gators I don't think there is a better TE at getting separation from defenders than him @nflnetwork
— Charley Casserly (@CharleyCasserly) May 5, 2016
The move isn't a surprise for those who follow the Redskins closely, but to some, Reed getting an extension before Kirk Cousins may come as a surprise.
This should give us a clue into just how important the Redskins view Reed for the future of their offense.
Cousins looked to Reed early and often last season, as the Florida product was finally able to stay healthy for the majority of an NFL season.
Reed led the Redskins in targets (114), receptions (87), receiving yards (952) and touchdowns (11).
Last season, Reed stacked up very well with the best tight ends in the league, as he finished as the fifth-most effective tight end according to our Reception Net Expected Points (NEP) metric (83.02).
His effectiveness on a per-target basis was even more impressive -- his 61.21 Target NEP finished second to only Rob Gronkowski.
And among the full time tight ends across the league last year (minimum of 40 targets), Reed had the best Success Rate -- the percentage of positive plays made -- of the bunch at 76.32%.
All in all, ensuring Reed is on the team for the future makes sense, especially if he can repeat and continue his momentum from last season.