Washington continues to double down on the dynamic pass offense that carried it to a surprising 9-7 record and NFC East title last season. The team announced on Thursday that it inked dynamic tight end Jordan Reed to a multi-year extension.
Reed, who was selected by Washington in the third round of the 2013 draft, is entering his fourth NFL season. He played in just 20 games over his first two years in the NFL due to concussions, but was able to stay healthy for most of last season. He caught 87 balls for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games, all career-highs.
He also had nine catches for 120 yards and a touchdown during Washington's 35-18 Wild Card Weekend loss to the Packers, and his emergence played a key role in Kirk Cousins' breakout season.
Cousins, who was given the franchise tag by Washington following a career year, now gets to throw to a formidable group of weapons that includes Reed, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Cousins led the league in completion percentage last year (and threw 29 touchdowns compared to just 11 picks), largely because of his ability to target Reed over the middle.
Washington also used its first-round pick over the weekend on TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson, who will give Cousins a dynamic deep threat to help the offense stretch the field. Washington's pass offense was ranked No. 6 in the NFL by Football Outsiders last season and should be even better this year.