It looks like Washington will square off this weekend against the 49ers with the help of their elite pass-catching tight end, Jordan Reed. He was scratched from the injury report this week following their Week 5 bye, and should be at 100 percent or close to it Sunday.
Jordan Reed removed from injury report https://t.co/st2pI1jnAN
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Reed’s return will certainly help Kirk Cousins make things happen through the air and fill a significant void in the red zone. While Vernon Davis has played reasonably well in his place and will still provide value as a run-blocker and secondary target, there’s no direct replacement for the threat Reed provides.
With the Redskins’ steady run game currently seventh-best in the league, the offense managed to keep things close in Week 4 against the Chiefs, visibly the most complete team in the NFL right now.
But you might imagine that story being a bit different if Reed had been available.
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This drought should be one the Redskins can put behind them; not to overlook a tough 0-4 San Francisco team, but if Cousins can feed Reed this week against a secondary that’s getting chewed up this year, look out.
It’s worth noting that Reed has only been able to rack up 105 yards on 14 receptions so far in 2017, and has yet to find the endzone. But fresh off of a bye and hosting a struggling 49ers group, Reed and Cousins could be in for a beautiful reunion.