When he came down with Kirk Cousins’ nine-yard heave into the end zone three weeks ago against the Browns, former Florida tight end Jordan Reed not only caught his second touchdown of the game but also the 200th reception of his career.
Doing so in just his 38th game, Reed became the fastest tight end to catch 200 passes in NFL history. The accolade will now be immortalized, as the Pro Football Hall of Fame will display the jersey Reed wore during the game.
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Reed, in his fourth season in Washington after it selected him out of Florida with a third-round pick in 2013, bested the previous record by one game. Kellen Winslow Sr., inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995, recorded his 200th reception in his 39th career game back in 1991. He went on to catch 341 more, finishing his career with 541 receptions over nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
Reed’s athleticism has in the past earned him comparisons to Winslow — and he showed why in the game he caught his 200th pass. The one that went for 200 was just one of nine, including two for scores. It, however, took him into his fourth NFL season to break the record, having been plagued by concussions throughout his career. He’s missed games in each season, and played in only 39 of a possible 54 through his first four seasons. His latest cost him last week’s game against the Eagles.
Reed played parts of three seasons as a Gator after transitioning from a quarterback to tight end. After catching 45 passes for 559 yards and being named second-team All SEC by multiple outlets as a redshirt junior, Reed entered the NFL draft and has since established himself as one of the top tight ends in the league. Probably a smart position change.