Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is ranked behind only Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, and Julius Thomas in our initial preseason rankings. He's a mismatch nightmare running down the seam and has receivers on each side of him who can demand a lot of defensive attention.
There's also a very real risk that Reed is one hit away from seeing his career end.
Reed's 2013 rookie season effectively ended November 17 due to a concussion. He tried to come back and play after that, but his symptoms were too strong, and he ended up on injured reserve in December. He dealt with headaches and nausea for months. But Reed admitted this week that he suffered another concussion two weeks before that season-ender and hid it from his coaches and the Redskins' medical staff. He also suffered two concussions during his three years at the University of Florida. That's four concussions in no longer than four years.
And in today's NFL, that sends up a huge red flag. The progressive effects of multiple concussions are backed up by medical science. Wide receiver Laurent Robinson's career seems to be over after he suffered four or five concussions in 2012 alone. Reed's brain injuries aren't so clustered together, but he has still absorbed an alarmingly high number of dangerous hits in a relatively short time span. I'm a believer in Reed for fantasy purposes, because he is an athletic pass-catcher who has Robert Griffin's trust. And right now, he's healthy. But one more concussion this season could send Reed to the sidelines for a long, long time.