First off, apologies for this being a day late (though hopefully not any dollars short); some stuff came up this week.
If you've paid any attention to the Washington Redskins, which seems like a fair assumption given your presence on this here Washington Redskins blog, you're well aware Jordan Reed has been a huge factor in the team's (relative) success.
He's already set career marks in catches (67), targets (92), receiving yards (694) and touchdowns (7), and he's matched his high of 11 games played. He's also on pace to set personal bests in receptions (6.1) and yards per game (63.1).
What's most impressive, however, is he isn't simply putting together a nice game here and there to get his stats. Yes, he has a few games that stand out — last week's 9-catch, 120-yard outing with a touchdown on the side comes to mind — but he's been relevant in just about every game so far.
Reed has at least three catches in all 11 games he's played in 2015, plus the final game in 2014. His previous longest streak of 3+ catches was the eight games he registered to begin his career. He's also surpassed 60 yards in six games this season, and the only two games he finished below 30 yards, he added three total touchdowns.
Reed is already working his way through the ranks of Redskins tight ends. He's got the ninth-most receiving yards in a season so far, with only seasons by Fred Davis, Chris Cooley, Jerry Smith and Fred Dugan ahead of him. He's 103 yards away from holding fifth place and 156 yards away from first. If he keeps up his 63.1 yards per game average, he'll take the franchise mark right around the end of the first half of the final game.
He's already made it to sixth all-time in receiving yards among Redskins tight ends. Of course, that's not exactly saying much — Logan Paulsen (15th) and Niles Paul (17th) are also among the franchise leaders. Jerry Smith's 5,496 yards over 168 games reigns supreme, then comes Cooley's 4,711, Don Warren's 2,536, Davis with 2,043 and Clint Didier with 1,815. Then it's Reed, who has 1,658 yards under his belt already.
So if Reed manages at least 158 receiving yards over the final three games of the season — virtually a lock if he's healthy — he'll own the Redskins' single-season yards record for a tight end, and he'll be fifth all time on the career list. He'd also have the 45th best receiving season for a Redskins player of any position.
Oh, and he's already got exactly the same number of catches Fred Davis did through his entire Redskins career (162), the 24th most for any Redskins player. At his current rate, he'd finish the season with 180, which would put him in 20th place all-time, just above Clinton Portis.
His 67 catches this season are the 36th-most all time for a Redskins player. If he continues at his roughly six-a-game pace, he'll jump all the way to tied for 18th after one game and will finish the season in sole place of seventh. Only Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Laveranues Coles and Art Monk (three times) would have more in a season.
And he's done all this while missing two games.
Seventeen players this season have reached each of the following milestones: 50 catches, 600 receiving yards, 7 receiving touchdowns. Of those, only Reed and Julian Edelman have played fewer than 12 games. Of that list, Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge are the only tight ends except for Reed.
So again, you know Reed is good. You know he's having a good year. And it's not as if he's been lacking media attention recently. But this is one of the best seasons for a pass-catcher in Redskins history, despite the two missed games, and Reed appears to only be getting better.
Kirk Cousins, Jay Gruden and Sean McVay have relied on him heavily this year, and it's constantly paid off. With the season coming down to the final three games, they should be upping that reliance.