Before we turn all of our thoughts toward free agency, the NFL Draft and the 2016 season. Breaking Burgundy will put a bow on the Washington Redskins NFC East-winning 2015 campaign, player report card style. Peter Hailey on the highlights, lowlights and what the immediate future holds for all members of the Burgundy and Gold.
Player: Jordan Reed
Position: Tight end
Contract status: Deal ends after 2016 season
Preseason buzz: The usual. He’s a huge problem for other teams when healthy, but that “when healthy” part was an issue. So the buzz was that the Burgundy and Gold couldn’t really count on him too much, and would just try to get the most out of him when he was around. His physical condition became a greater concern after Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen suffered season-ending injuries.
Ended 2015 as...: One of the NFL’s best tight ends; actually, one of its best offensive players period. Yet not a Pro Bowler, oddly.
Season highs: Not one, not two, not three but four two-touchdown performances against Bucs, Saints, Bills and Eagles. The Philadelphia game stood as Reed was just in a zone (see above video) in a game that ended up clinching the division for the Redskins and the tight end ending up with a season-high 129 yards.
Season lows: Everyone held their breath as a concussion kept Reed out two games. He also was ineffective against Dallas in the Monday Night matchup. But overall, 2015 was a quantum leap forward.
Off-the-field highlight: Reed is one of the quieter guys on the team from what I can tell. So honestly, I can’t even come up with something for this section. But that’s OK; I guess he was just too busy creating on-the-field highlights to do anything off of it.
Grade: A+. Couldn’t have asked for more from him, really, not after 11 touchdowns and 87 grabs. That's just absurdly good production.
2016 expectations: This is similar to what I wrote for Kirk Cousins, but now it’s up to Reed to show his breakout year wasn’t a fluke. He credited his offseason work during the buildup to 2015 as the reason why he didn’t miss nearly as much time as he normally does, so he’ll have to have another strong few months of preparation to ensure he can follow up his career season with another Pro Bowl caliber effort.
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