WASHINGTON — Remember when the Washington Redskins ranked 31st in red zone offense through the first three games of the season? Neither does Jordan Reed.
On the first two drives of the Week 4 matchup vs. the Cleveland Browns, Reed got open in the end zone, providing an outlet for Cousins to build a 14-0 lead. Here’s a look at the early success:
His first touchdown catch was also the 200th reception of his career. Last week against the Redskins, Odell Beckham Jr. became the fastest player to reach 200 receptions in his career, doing it in only 30 career games.
OBJ passed former college teammates Jarvis Landry, who set the record earlier this season with his 200th reception coming in his 33rd career game. Both of these players are receivers.
Reed, a tight end, has played 38 games, but could not find consistent health until last season, when he played in a career-high 14 games. With 205 receptions in his first 38 games, Reed is averaging 5.4 receptions per game. Even the immortal receiver Jerry Rice, who owns the all-time record for NFL receptions, managed only 5.1 receptions per game.
At his current pace, Reed will only need another 252 regular season games to break Rice’s record.
Reed came into Sunday’s matchup tied for 25th in the NFL with 16 receptions. This also ranks him fourth among tight ends and tied for first on the team with Jamison Crowder.
Already, he joins former Redskins Chris Cooley, Jerry Smith and Don Warren as the only tight ends in team history with 200 career receptions.
As of halftime, he had seven receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns.