On the final drive of their comeback win against the Philadelphia Eagles this past week, the Redskins prized tight end, Jordan Reed, suffered a concussion and left the game. This is at least Reed’s 4th concussion of his football career, college included. All signs point to the 3rd year TE sitting out in week 5 as Jay Gruden takes a conservative approach to the 25 year-old.
Reed has been arguably the most important player to the Redskins offense so far this season. He has served as Kirk Cousins’ dynamic security blanket and is the team’s leading receiver with 278 yards. Without Reed on the field, defenses will be able to plan more around the running game and will only have to account for Pierre Garcon through the air.
The Redskins have gotten off to a surprising start at 2-2 with a share of first place in the NFC East. This without their top offensive weapon in DeSean Jackson, he has been out since suffering a hamstring injury in week 1. A loss of Jordan Reed is the last thing Kirk Cousins and this team needs. Derek Carrier filled in last week with two catches and figures to be Washington’s starting tight end in week five.
Reed’s uncertainty to play in week 5 surely hurts his fantasy owners in an underwhelming year for tight ends. This boosts the stock of Pierre Garcon as he is the only remaining reliable target for Cousins. That being said, Carrier will step up in a bigger role than he’s accustomed to and could be an interesting sleeper thanks to good speed and overall athleticism.
Garcon is still the main benefactor here, as he is tied with Reed for the team-lead in receptions. He is coming off a good week against Philadelphia where he caught 7 passes with a TD. A sleeper heading into week 5, he will get plenty of targets against Atlanta.