Joe Reed

Joe Reed

Wide Receiver #12
Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 211 lb.
College:Virginia
Age:23
Born:January 4, 1998
Drafted:2020 / Rd. 5 (151)
Draft Team:LAC

Joe Reed: Relevant only as kick returner

Reed compiled 435 kick-return yards across 11 games during his rookie season. The 23-year-old saw a total of just 27 offensive snaps.

Analysis: The 2020 fifth-round pick had an opportunity to crack the starting lineup during an abbreviated offseason but instead saw second-year speedster Jalen Guyton jump over him for the No. 3 wide receiver to begin the year, cratering any sort of positive fantasy momentum for Reed. Reed's decent numbers as a kick returner likely will keep him off the roster bubble entering training camp next season, but a drastic change in offensive philosophy might not even be enough for Reed to leapfrog above Guyton, and a number of other names, for the No. 3 role.

January 8, 2021 2:30 PM EST

Joe Reed: Gets work on special teams

Reed fielded seven special-teams snaps during Sunday's 19-16 win against the Broncos.

Analysis: Reed hasn't taken a snap on offense since Week 9, and he has just five offensive touches (all rush attempts) for 29 yards on the season. Most of the 22-year-old's involvement has come via special teams, where he is averaging 20.7 yards per tote over 21 kickoff returns. Denver's Brandon McManus permitted one return opportunity to Nasir Adderley in the early fourth quarter, which resulted in a 30-yard return for Los Angeles.

December 29, 2020 6:07 PM EST

Joe Reed: Sitting down Thursday night

Reed (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's matchup against the Raiders, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Reed has been one of Los Angeles' most frequently deployed options on kickoff returns this season, but KJ Hill will continue slotting into that role for Thursday Night Football. The Virginia product has averaged 20.7 yards over 21 returns in 2020, but he's a healthy scratch Week 15 after sitting out last Sunday's matchup against Atlanta because of a ribs injury. Reed's offensive role has been sparse, with five total touches on the season.

December 17, 2020 4:15 PM EST

Joe Reed: No limitations Tuesday

Reed (ribs) was a full participant at practice Tuesday.

Analysis: The 22-year-old missed Sunday's win over the Falcons due to the rib injury, but he was able to return to practice as a full participant Tuesday. Reed should reclaim kick return duties and his depth role in the receiving corps.

December 15, 2020 2:29 PM EST

Joe Reed: Won't play Week 14

Reed (ribs) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: The 22-year-old was considered questionable with the rib injury but won't be suiting up Sunday. Reed has been targeted only once all season and rarely plays offensive snaps, so the Los Angeles offense shouldn't be significantly affected by his absence.

December 13, 2020 12:24 PM EST

Joe Reed: Tagged as questionable

Reed (ribs) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Falcons.

Analysis: Reed had his practice reps capped all week, so he'll likely be a game-time decision for Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. His status won't affect the Chargers' offensive dynamic either way, as he didn't play a snap on offense over the last three games.

December 11, 2020 4:03 PM EST

Joe Reed: Returns to practice Wednesday

Reed (ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Reed didn't practice last week and missed Sunday's game against the Patriots, but he's making progress with a return to practice Wednesday. If the rookie is able to return this week against the Falcons, it would mainly affect the team's kick return, where Reed has generated 435 yards this year.

December 9, 2020 4:43 PM EST

Joe Reed: Won't face Patriots

Reed (ribs) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Reed received the questionable tag despite not practicing all week, and he won't available Sunday. KJ Hill should handle return duties for the Chargers this week.

December 6, 2020 12:31 PM EST

Joe Reed: Questionable for Sunday

Reed (ribs) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Patriots.

Analysis: Reed didn't practice at all this week, putting him on the wrong track for Week 13. The rookie fifth-round pick rarely plays on offense but returns kicks on a consistent basis. KJ Hill could pitch in as a kick returner if Reed is unavailable this week.

December 4, 2020 3:44 PM EST

Joe Reed: Dealing with rib issue

Reed (ribs) was a non-participant during Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but it's certainly a negative sign for Reed to start the week as a DNP. Reed has seen all of his snaps on special teams the past three games, so his absence won't affect things from a fantasy perspective. If he was forced to miss Week 13 against New England, KJ Hill would be in line for an uptick in snaps on special teams.

December 2, 2020 4:29 PM EST

Joe Reed: Solid return in Week 8 defeat

Reed registered a 26-yard kick return during Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Reed has been involved in the kick-returning realm for every game that he's been active in 2020, registering a 23.2 yards-per-attempt average across nine returns (and five games played). Los Angeles has also deployed Tyron Johnson on kickoff returns this season, though he has not fared quite as well with 17.5 yards per attempt. The Virginia product sits fifth on the WR depth chart but he continues to carve out a role for himself with special-teams acumen.

November 3, 2020 6:40 PM EST

Joe Reed: Held out for Week 4

Reed (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The rookie from Virginia played an important special-teams role throughout September, but Week 4 marks the first time in Reed's young career that he will not dress for game action. He registered 25.7 yards per attempt on six kick-return tries Week 1 through 3, however, those duties will be left up to KJ Hill and Desmond King when the Chargers face Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon.

October 4, 2020 9:15 AM EST

Joe Reed: Solid day as returner

Reed tallied 85 kick-return yards in the 23-20 overtime loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He also carried the ball once for eight yards.

Analysis: Reed actually saw less offensive snaps (two) than his first career game (three), but regardless it's pretty clear he's not any semblance of an offensive factor at the moment. The fifth-round pick has proven to be a fairly dominant returner, however, recording the fourth-most return yards (131) through two weeks.

September 22, 2020 9:55 AM EST

Joe Reed: Acts as primary kick returner

Reed registered 46 return yards in the win Sunday over the Bengals.

Analysis: Reed saw just three offensive snaps all game, but it was interesting to see him confirmed as the team's starting kick returner. A nimble player in space, it's possible Reed could see some gadget plays designed for him later in the year, but at least at the moment he's hardly worth a look in even the deepest of fantasy leagues.

September 15, 2020 9:03 AM EST

Joe Reed: Getting RB reps

Reed practiced with the running backs Monday, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: The rookie fifth-round pick has a running-back body at 6-0, 224 pounds, but he primarily worked as a wide receiver and kick return specialist in college, finishing his UVA career with 129 receptions, 106 kick returns and only 34 carries. In terms of his short-term fantasy prospects, Reed might actually be more promising at wide receiver, where the Chargers appear desperate for depth behind Keenan Allen and banged-up Mike Williams (shoulder).

August 25, 2020 11:57 AM EST

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