The San Francisco 49ers’ tight end Jordan Reed made an impressive one-handed grab during the match against the New Orleans Saints after missing out on a vast number of games due to a knee injury.
During the match on Thursday against the Green Bay Packers, Reed found it challenging to make any game-changing plays. Over the course of the match, the tight end was only able to record one catch for three yards. However, Reed was not the only player on the San Francisco 49ers that was not in his best condition.
In the early stages of the game, Reed contributed greatly to giving the Niners a fighting chance against the New Orleans Saints. During the third-and-nine play, the tight end made a surprising shoestring catch that George Kittle would have been proud of.
While Reed was not able to convert the incredible catch into the first down of the team, Fox announcer Adam Amin expressed his amazement at how close the football was to the turf. Play-by-play man Mark Schlereth said that he did not even care about the catch not being a down, as it was still such an amazing play, the San Francisco Gate reported.
Reed previously played for the Florida Gators between 2009 and 2012 before the Washington Redskins drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has only been with his latest team, the San Francisco 49ers, since August. The tight end played the latest game in place of Kittle, who is still recovering from a foot injury.
The NFL player had 35 games worth of experience during his time with the Gators, where he started in 26 of them. Before he left his team, he recorded a total of 79 catches for an accumulated distance of 945 yards and six touchdowns.
Reed also has experience playing as a quarterback in Florida in 2010 alongside NFL tight ends Trey Burton and John Brantley. In that year, he went 26-for-46 passing for 252 yards, and got three touchdowns.
The Florida star was also ranked as the Nationa’s No. 155 overall prospect in 2009 by the 247Sports Composite; an industry generated average. He was also considered to be the No. 3 tight end player of the nation, 247Sports reported.
With Kittle being out of the season for the 49ers, have to rely on Reed and Ross Dwelley to make plays. In last week’s games, the two players totaled four catches and 55 yards against the Packers. Dwelley recorded three catches and 52 yards on his own, but fans believe Reed is the safer option to fill the tight end position.
In their last four games, the New Orleans Saints have not allowed a single tight end player to get more than 35 yards. Since the start of Week 5, no tight end has been able to score against the team’s impressive defense.
Reed was activated by the 49ers due to a lack of players with most of its offensive lineup suffering major injuries. The team has also put out wide receivers Kevin White and River Cracraft, running back Austin Walter, tight end Daniel Helm, guard Tony Bergstrom, and strong safety Johnathan.
Trent Taylor and Richie James will play as the team’s top wide receivers, the latter officially being questionable due to a knee injury. This season, Taylor recorded nine catches for 77 yards while James has not had any reception.
Jerick McKinnon, JaMycal Hasty, and Walter will represent the running backs. Cyprien’s elevation could result in strong safety Jaquiski Tartt to join games while he is still questionable and is sure to miss his third straight game, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.