Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden is pinning his hopes on more in the way of production from tight end Jordan Reed and wide receiver Josh Doctson this season.
As he has been throughout his career, Reed was hampered by injuries in 2017 while Doctson made strides last year after missing nearly all of his rookie season in 2016 with an Achilles injury.
Reed was limited to a career-low six games until going on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. But it was the toe injury during training camp that caused the overcompensation and eventually the strained hamstring.
"Jordan Reed is important," Gruden said. "I mean, I think in his absence last year, Vernon Davis did some good things and (Jeremy) Sprinkle got a lot of work there towards the end of the year, which will be helpful to his progression as a player. So that's good news.
"But Jordan is a special guy. There's not many tight ends in pro football that can do what he can do as far as running the option routes across the middle and breaking people down and then lining up on the outside and beating people deep, across the middle. He's a special talent. He makes us better, without a doubt."
Reed played in nine games as a rookie in 2013, 11 in 2014, a career-high 14 in 2015 and 12 in 2016.