COMMENTARY | Tight end Jordan Reed's emergence has been a bright spot for the Washington Redskins in 2013. Unfortunately, his successful rookie campaign experienced its first setback courtesy of a quad contusion suffered during the team's Week 3 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft, Reed has quickly become one of Robert Griffin III's favorite targets. Prior to his injury, Reed had already caught five passes for 50 yards in a little over a half of action against the Lions.
He was replaced in the lineup by former undrafted free agent Logan Paulsen, who took advantage of Reed's absence as he snagged four receptions of his own for 51 yards.
Fortunately for the Washington Redskins, tight end happens to be a position of strength. In addition to Reed and Paulsen, there's also the presence of projected starter Fred Davis, who's trying to bounce back from an ankle injury.
Of course, an injured ankle is only the most recent ailment that Davis has had to deal with. His 2012 season ended abruptly thanks to an Achilles tear. He was replaced by Paulsen, who ended last year with 25 receptions for 308 yards while averaging an impressive 19.3 yards per catch.
Entering the season, Davis was projected as the starter, but his inability to stay healthy swung open the door of opportunity for Reed to become a factor in the team's passing attack.
With Reed's availability for the Redskins' Week 4 matchup against the Raiders in question, Davis should be expected to start, if he's healthy. Under the scenario that both Reed and Davis are unable to go, Paulsen will be ready to step up as the team's starter at the tight end position.
Considering his adequate production playing in place of an injured Davis last season, Paulsen is more than capable of holding down the fort.
So while Reed's quad injury is disappointing, it's nice to know that the team is in good hands at tight end if he's forced to miss any time.
Drexel Perry recently moved back to the Washington D.C. area. He's been a Redskins fan for over 30 years. For additional football talk, follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.
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