ASHBURN, Va. — Despite missing the final seven games of 2013 with a concussion and lingering symptoms, Jordan Reed set Washington Redskins rookie tight end records with 45 catches and 499 yards. Reed’s headaches finally disappeared in late February, but he said they actually began before he was sidelined.
“I think I had had a concussion two weeks before, but I didn’t tell nobody so when I took a shot to the side of my head against the Eagles it made it worse,” Reed said in an exclusive interview with The SportsXchange. “I was in a bad spot for a long time. I didn’t know if they would ever go away, but I’m past it now.”
That is great news for new Redskins coach Jay Gruden, who’s excited about having Reed, wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson (a free-agent signee) and running back Alfred Morris as big-time weapons for third-year quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“I think (Jordan) has had no (set)backs from his concussion, knock on wood,” Gruden said. “We have, obviously, one of the more talented young tight ends in the league. He’s going to be a great guy up in the middle of the field. If people want to crowd DeSean or crowd Pierre, he’s a guy that’s very much needed in the passing game. (Jordan) is obviously a force in the passing game. We’ve got to work him a little (on) being more stout in the running game.”