Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 19, 36 days before Redskins start training camp.
Reed will have to get “getting worse” out of the way in camp
When Jordan Reed was drafted, there was no mention that he was injured. But he ended up sidelined for all of OTAs and minicamp with an injury that was, well, complicated. We’ll let him explain it.
“I had a [thigh] contusion in college and that caused my quad to shutdown and stop working, which caused my kneecap to start moving around and banging into my bone, and that caused a bone bruise,” Reed told our Tarik El-Bashir. “As long as I get that quad back firing right, my kneecap will stay in place and I’ll be normal again.”
I don’t have the proper medical credentials to evaluate all of that but he and the Redskins hope that another five weeks of rest will take care of the issue. They need to get him on the field as soon as they can so he can get his initial growing pains out of the way.
“We haven’t seen him out there yet, but I think any rookie who comes in, there’s always a time where they’ve got to get worse before they get better,” said Kyle Shanahan when asked about how much Reed missed out on in OTAs and minicamp. “You know you throw a lot at them, they try and take it all in and they usually struggle and then by the time they come back to camp you hope that they’ve been through it and can start getting better.”
So OTAs serve as a way for rookies to get out of the “my head is spinning” phase. Having missed that phase in the spring, he’ll have to go through it in the summer.
Add in the fact that Reed will have a lot to learn since he will be playing a hybrid H-back/slot receiver role and a tough July and early August look likely for him.
This doesn’t mean that he is doomed to a lost rookie season. If he gets to the point where he is active on regular season game days they will probably simplify his responsibilities and add on more as the season goes on.
But in training camp they will throw it all at him and he is likely to carry around that lost look most of the time.
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What many don’t realize is that Griffin had the option to throw the pass, hand the ball off or run it himself based on his read of the defense. Not many rookies (maybe none) are entrusted with such responsibility.
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Days until: Training camp starts 36; Monday night preseason vs. Steelers 61; Monday night Eagles @ Redskins 82
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