The Washington Redskins are hopeful that the transition out of the Robert Griffin III era leads to better offensive production, and in turn, more wins. Whether or not starting quarterback Kirk Cousins under center gets that done is anyone’s guess, but there’s no denying Cousins has a ton of talent to work with in D.C.
Come week one, tight end Jordan Reed just might be one of his best targets. ESPN’s John Kleim recently called Reed the “player to watch” when the Redskins host the Miami Dolphins in week one. His optimism isn’t unfounded, either. Miami already had a solid run defense and with Ndamukong Suh added to the middle of their defensive line, they just might be elite in that area in 2015. That naturally could lead Washington to have to throw more, while that may be the case regardless with the Redskins likely trailing during this game.
Reed is a stellar athlete with a good size/speed combo, while Reed and Cousins found success together in 2014, teaming up for 10 catches and 121 yards. That’s no lock to be duplicated in week one, of course, especially when you consider a Miami defense that was 10th overall against fantasy tight ends in 2014 should be better across the board in 2015.
Regardless, Reed is an athletic tight end and can be a tough matchup, while Washington needing to throw in this game could toss rankings out the window. All things considered, Reed has a chance to put up solid numbers in week one and should be in consideration for the top-15 at his position to get the season going.