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#pounditFriday, November 27, 2020

Jordan Reed blames rust for underwhelming Week 1 performance

The Washington Redskins are hoping for a more effective version of tight end Jordan Reed in the weeks to come.

Reed was, by his own admission, a bit off in a five-catch, 36 yard performance in Week 1 as he came back from a sprained toe that had severely limited his practices during the offseason.

“I feel more comfortable, man,” Reed said, via John Keim of ESPN. “I missed all offseason, and obviously, I was going to be rusty.”

It was the timing that was mostly amiss for Reed, who felt he was moving too fast and rushing cuts while running routes.

“I rushed the route,” Reed said of one play that saw quarterback Kirk Cousins throw behind him despite being open. “I was too quick to show it; that’s why the ball was behind me, because I was so quick. That play was definitely there if I took my time and had been in rhythm; the play would have had a better outcome.”

Reed only came off the PUP list at the end of August. It was inevitably going to take time for him to get back in sync with Cousins and the rest of the offense.

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