Reed, while physically limited to running sprints, routes and performing other drills during OTAs, took a lot of mental reps. Reed is memorizing the playbook and doing so from a QB's advanced perspective and study habits. From a mental standpoint his background as a QB may even have him ahead of schedule understanding the playbook. And as opposed to OTAs, it's training camp and pre-season that's the critical period when and where players develop the most and get incorporated into the offense (and defense.)
Following is the Reason Why Jordan Reed will be Physically Ready the First Day of Training Camp and Stay Healthy:
Jordan Reed: "I had a contusion [bruise] in college and that caused my quad to shutdown and stop working, which caused my kneecap to start moving around and banging into my bone, and that caused a bone bruise. As long as I get that quad back firing right, my kneecap will stay in place and I’ll be normal again."
Now that Reed is working with the Redskins trainers, he's reported: "I’m getting stronger, getting my muscle back. That’s all I really need to do, get my muscle back and I’ll be all set."
Jordan Reed mentioned (1) a deep bruise, (2) a loss of muscle strength, (3) an altered firing (pattern) of the muscle(s), (4) the resulting misalignment caused by all this, and (5) his improvement now that he's working with the Redskins' trainers, specifically getting his quad to "fire right", as he puts it.
This is the perfect description of a trigger point injury, something the Redskins organization is uniquely equipped to handle. Here's why:
Last season the Redskins became one of only five NFL teams to embrace dry needling in-house. Before the end of the season most of the Redskins starters couldn't resist taking advantage of this treatment on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. In fact before season end half the team was opting for needling once they saw the results in their teammates at the forefront. This percentage will continue to climb due to the effectiveness and convenience of the treatment.
The expert, in this case Redskins trainer, physical therapist and kinesiologist Elliott Jermyn, measures the athlete's area(s) of muscle weakness, compares the measurement to the player's baselines, then locates and needles the associated trigger points.
Picture the texture of a wide, old, dried-up rubber band. Project that texture to a small area of muscle fiber. That inflexible, weakened area is a trigger point.
Recall the feeling of tightness and soreness of a knot or deep bruise you've dealt with. Deep bruises often create trigger points. You aren't diagnosed with a sprain/tear. Further, nothing shows up on any imaging scan. But you notice your motion doesn't feel right. Possibly an astute teammate or coach notices your motion looks different. In that scenario, there's a decent chance trigger points formed in your musculature, and are now altering your biomechanics, hurting your performance, and possibly mis-aligning you so badly that you are degrading your cartilage.
Trigger points significantly alter the firing pattern of your muscles and measurably reduce your performance. These taught bands of muscle fiber compromise the nerve supply and cause a processing dysfunction known as pain inhibition. Your muscle isn't going to regain strength and you're not going to regain your normal motion until you get rid of the trigger points. If you want to recover quickly and fully you'll get dry needled as much as every other day (if you have convenient access to that resource.) Typically within 24-48 hours of each treatment you'll sense the increase in your muscle production, and your range of motion will improve. You'll see both of these critical attributes improve further as you continue your therapy.
Jordan Reed's recovery? It's extremely promising. Whether the source of the problem is trigger points alone or involves some calcification that is being dissolved by wet-point needling (a related topic), rest assured the Redskins organization knows the exact source of Jordan Reed's injury, they're aggressively and expertly treating it, he's rapidly recovering, and he'll be a full participant at training camp and in the pre-season. Under the Redskins care Reed has been steadily re-building the surrounding muscles and regaining his pre-injury motion and strength to the point he's already sprinting and running drills.
His recovery likely will be further assisted by other cool PT technologies, such as kinesio tape, which plays the dual role of supporting an athlete's musculature while providing sensory feedback to the brain, allowing the athlete to use the correct muscles and motions.
Given how tough Jordan Reed is, are any of us surprised that while in college he put up with this pain to the point where his leg was misfiring so badly his knee ended up out of alignment? For a measure of his toughness check out this video clip of Jordan sacrificing his body to make the catch and hanging onto the ball despite a brutal hit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=rQ4y-78vTkA
Drafting Jordan Reed was a well calculated risk by a Redskins organization that knew it could and would bring him back from his trigger point injuries. True to form, Jordan Reed is fully recovering with the aid of the above mentioned therapies and no doubt a multiplicity of other techniques, such as joint stability and movement relearning exercises. He expects to be cleared for full activity within the next 2 weeks. That's a full month before Training Camp begins.
Reed's final season at Florida he gained twice as many yards as Hernandez did his final season at Florida, and Reed didn't exactly have great QBs passing the ball to him. Speaking of passing the ball, Reed was brought to University of Florida to be a QB. The guy has an arm and the Skins will take advantage of it now that Jordan Reed is well on the road to recovery. It's just one more attribute that he possesses that Hernandez does not, in addition to superior height.
This season look for gifted, versatile Jordan Reed's size-speed combination, pass-catching, running and throwing to add another devastating element to the Redskins' already potent offense. Notice the guy in this picture's background. No doubt he's planning on Jordan Reed as well.