Now NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus thinks Reed is ready to make another jump in performance.
The second-year Washington Redskin is No. 12 on Hanzus’ “Making the Leap” list after proving to be one of the biggest steals of the 2013 NFL Draft.
After being tapped as Tim Tebow’s replacement at quarterback by former University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer, Reed moved around the offense before settling at tight end.
Both leading the Gators in receiving his senior year and getting starts at multiple positions, his versatility was a precursor to a magnificent rookie season.
In just nine games, Reed accumulated 45 receptions for 499 yards and three touchdowns.
In Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Reed recorded five catches for 38 yards. He followed up his debut performance with his first career touchdowns against Green Bay before grabbing his first 100-yard game against Chicago in a thrilling 45-41 victory.
With wide receiver Pierre Garcon back after a record-setting season, wide receiver
“The Redskins are primed for a bounce-back season,” Hanzus wrote. “And Reed's presence is a major reason why. Reed developed quickly as a rookie, and we project continued growth in his second season. A 70 (reception)/1,000 (yard)/8 (touchdown) slash line isn't crazy talk.”
What they’re saying about Reed
“In the passing game, he can run every route and get down the field fast. He can lineup inside and outside, he can still play in the core. There’s not many tight ends anymore that can play in the core and block and also run routes. He’s got to put on a little bit of pounds, gain a little bit of weight by training camp, but overall we’re feeling good about what he can do not only in the running game because he’s got great feet, but obviously in the passing game lining up in multiple spots.”
Head coach Jay Gruden
“He’s going to be a key player in our offense, and I think everybody got a chance to see how special his ability is, and he is going to get a chance to come back healthy, and we’re very excited to see what he’s going to do this coming season. He’s an elite route runner for the position, and he still competes with the toughness. He’s got great feet, so he can cover guys up in the run game. I think what we’ll try to do with him will maximize his skillset.”
Offensive coordinator Sean McVay
“He’s a dynamic guy. He’s one of the best route runners, can catch the ball anywhere and he’s willing to block. That’s a good skillset to have and we’re blessed to have him. It’s just about continuing to develop.”
Quarterback Robert Griffin III