Redskins tight end Jordan Reed appeared in only six games last season due to hamstring and toe injuries. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Don’t be so quick to write off Jordan Reed, said Vernon Davis. The elder statesman of the Washington Redskins’ tight end group — and, let’s face it, the entire team — came to the defense of Reed, whose NFL production has been curtailed by injury.
“I wouldn’t really count Jordan out. I’d say Jordan’s in,” the 34-year-old Davis said on Monday, before hitting the green at the Redskins Charity Golf Classic. “He just had some things he had to get through. And it happens that way. It’s not going to always be perfect.
“You have to fight through a lot of stuff to get to where you’re trying to go,” he added of Reed, who appeared in only six games in 2017 because of lingering hamstring and toe injuries. “And I think he had to go through some things with the injuries and getting right. But this is going to be a fantastic year for Jordan Reed.”
The Redskins are hoping for a stellar season from Reed, the sixth-year veteran and 2013 third-rounder, who is a vital piece in their offensive game-planning.
The 27-year-old has yet to play a full 16-game season, limited each year due to injury.
Coach Jay Gruden said back in March that the team expects to see “a healthy, 100 percent Jordan by training camp.” Asked specifically at the time if there was any chance Reed would participate in organized team activities, Gruden bluntly said: “Heck no.”
Players will begin their first week of OTAs starting Tuesday, with media availability held after Wednesday’s on-field session.
But despite Reed’s latest injury setback, Davis said his counterpart is “doing really well” and “coming along,” and Davis expressed only excitement about the group’s offseason preparation.
“He looks good. He’s strong,” said Davis, who also acknowledged that he “didn’t expect” to get as much playing time as he did last year due to Reed’s absence. “He’s still the same Jordan that we’ve always known: a true playmaker. And he’s ready for the season.”
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