Hoping to make his return to the lineup against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been practicing – albeit in limited action – for the first time this week since Week 1.
In the season opener against the Houston Texans, Reed went down with a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the Redskins' last three games.
Go behind the scenes as Redskins tight end Jordan Reed goes in front of the camera for his 2014 photo shoot.
But, after testing out his hamstring in practice, Reed believes he's close to making his highly-anticipated appearance on game days.
"I went out there [Tuesday] and ran some routes and tested it real quick," he said. "I didn't really go full speed. I wasn't game speed, so I couldn't really say if I was ready for a game yet.
"Just got to keep going day-to-day. Definitely feel close."
During a stellar rookie season in 2013, the versatile Reed was a pleasant surprise for the Redskins, as the third-round pick recorded 499 receiving yards and three touchdowns – both Redskins records for a first-year tight end -- in only nine games.
Against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2, Reed hauled in his first career NFL touchdown, while also logging a touchdown in an incredible nine-catch, 134-yard performance in a victory over the Chicago Bears.
While exploiting mismatches against opposing defenses, Reed could be a huge asset for the Redskins if he does indeed return against the Seahawks.
With a talented defensive backfield looking to apply serious pressure on the Redskins' wide receivers, Reed could possibly be the guy who can make a difference.
A look back at tight end Jordan Reed's rookie season. In nine games, Reed recorded 45 receptions for 499 yards--both franchise records for rookie tight ends.
In three games this season, opposing tight ends have hauled in more than 160 receiving yards against the Seahawks.
With that in mind, Reed said it was good to get back to football activity after spending the last few weeks getting his hamstring ready for game action.
"It felt great just to be out there," he said. "With my helmet and pads on doing some drills with the guys and be back out there again -- it felt good."
With a few more practices to go before Monday's crucial NFC matchup, Reed said the next few days will give him a good indication of where he is physically, as he wants to make sure he's fully prepared to be the playmaker he's known to be.
"I'm just taking it one day at a time," he said. "I was just trying to do everything I can for it so I can be the best I can be."