Reed is retiring from football, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The 2013 third-round pick played six seasons for Washington and one for San Francisco, peaking in 2015 with an 87/952/11 receiving line in 14 games. Reed missed multiple games every year, including an entire season in 2019. He might've been a regular Pro Bowler with better injury luck, as he averaged 5.4 catches for 56.5 yards per game over his first four NFL seasons, hauling in 75.8 percent of his targets in the process.
Apr 20, 2021 6:15 AM EST
Reed had 26 receptions (46 targets) for 231 yards and four touchdowns across 10 games with San Francisco in the 2020 season.
Analysis: It was Reed's first action since 2018 when he was still a member of the Washington Football Team and a bevvy of concussions had his career in jeopardy. Fortunately for the All-Pro tight end, he was able to stay relatively healthy with 49ers outside of a couple minor non-head injuries. The coaching staff kept Reed in a split-time role, which is probably the best scenario for the tight end's longevity moving forward. Even in a limited role, the 29-year-old proved to still be a receiving threat, especially in the red zone, with eight red-zone targets and four touchdowns in 10 games. Reed will be an unrestricted free agent heading into the 2021 season, and he could have a fantasy impact if he lands in the right situation given how shallow the position currently stands.
Jan 27, 2021 11:34 AM EST
Reed caught two of five targets for 18 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: Reed got off to a promising start as he got his team on the board with a five-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. He later added a 13-yard reception but was unable to haul in any more passes and finished with another modest yardage total. Meanwhile, George Kittle (foot) is pushing to return for the final two games of the season, but it remains to be seen if he's activated, given the 49ers' 5-9 record. If not, Reed would once again serve as the top tight end next Saturday against the Cardinals.
Dec 20, 2020 2:31 PM EST
Reed had two receptions (five targets) for 12 yards in Sunday's 23-15 loss to the Washington Football Team.
Analysis: Reed (33 snaps) continues to split playing time with starter Ross Dwelley (36 snaps), with the latter being used more as a blocker and the former as a receiving threat. This was the first week that Dwelley (two receptions for 20 yards) outproduced the veteran tight end statistically, although Reed still garnered more targets with five to the starter's two. The 30-year-old can still post usable fantasy numbers in his current role, but the inconsistent play of backup quarterback Nick Mullens has kept Reed from becoming a fixture in standard leagues. George Kittle (foot) is unlikely to return for Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys (14th in points allowed to opposing tight ends), so Reed will continue to serve as the primary receiving tight end for another week.
Dec 14, 2020 12:58 PM EST
Reed brought in three of four targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' 34-24 loss to the Bills on Monday night.
Analysis: The veteran tight end was on his way to a decidedly unremarkable performance until corralling a five-yard touchdown pass from Nick Mullens in the right corner of the end zone with 54 seconds remaining. The touchdown grab was Reed's third of the season but first since Week 2 against the Jets, the contest in which he notched his other two scoring catches. Reed has put together a combined 10-112-1 line over the last three games while continuing to help fill in for George Kittle (IR-foot), and he'll look to carry over Monday's late-game spark into a Week 14 battle against his old Washington teammates.
Dec 7, 2020 9:18 PM EST
Reed caught just two of six targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Rams.
Analysis: Reed continued to share the starting workload with Ross Dwelley in George Kittle's (foot) extended absence. The former logged 44 percent of the offensive snaps while the latter saw 61 percent, but it was Reed who commanded most of the attention in the passing game (six targets to Dwelley's two). However, quarterback Nick Mullens did not have his finest game despite getting the victory, failing to connect with veteran tight end on multiple occasions. Reed remains the preferred option in San Francisco for fantasy purposes, but inconsistent quarterback play could result in rough outings like Sunday's. The 49ers will take on the Buffalo Bills on Monday, who average 9.6 fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends.
Nov 30, 2020 12:18 PM EST
Reed (illness) is active for Sunday's game versus the Rams.
Analysis: Reed was held out Thursday and Friday due to an illness, but it won't impact his ability to suit up Week 12. In two contests with George Kittle (foot) on injured reserve, Reed has totaled six catches (on eight targets) for 65 yards.
Nov 29, 2020 11:39 AM EST
Reed (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams.
Analysis: Reed was held out of practice Thursday and Friday while recovering from an illness that reportedly isn't related to COVID-19. An absence Sunday could free up more pass-catching work for fellow tight end Ross Dwelley, who saw two targets to Reed's six in the final game before a Week 11 bye. George Kittle (foot) remains on injured reserve, with no assurance of making another game appearances this season.
Nov 27, 2020 2:16 PM EST
Reed (illness) didn't practice Thursday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The same applies to teammates Dre Greenlaw and Azeez Al-Shaair, but Lombardi notes that the trio's absence Thursday was non-Covid related. We'll circle back on Reed's status Friday to see if he approaches Sunday's game against the Rams fully cleared to play or heads into the weekend with an injury/illness designation.
Nov 26, 2020 2:54 PM EST
Reed caught five of six targets for 62 yards during Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Reed finished second on the team in targets, catches and receiving yards as he delivered his best output of the season in the latter category. He made an excellent one-handed catch on a low throw and demonstrated his still considerable ability on another couple of grabs. Reed should have plenty of chances to contribute as long as George Kittle (foot) is sidelined, which could be until late in the season. He'll rest up over the upcoming bye before presumably serving as the team's top tight end in the next game against the Rams.
Nov 15, 2020 6:42 PM EST
Reed (knee) was activated from injured reserve Thursday, but was limited to just one reception (two targets) for three yards in a 34-17 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: The 49ers were starving for any receiving help they could get their hands on, but the coaching staff opted to play it safe with the oft-injured tight end (just 13 offensive snaps). Reed could see his production ramp up exponentially following the news that George Kittle (ankle) will miss an extended period of time. Ross Dwelley is still considered the starting tight end in Kittle's absence, but Reed is the superior receiver and could end up putting up better fantasy numbers even if he has to share snaps. Consider the 30-year-old a speculative add heading into a Week 10 matchup against the Saints.
Nov 6, 2020 2:35 PM EST
The 49ers activated Reed (knee) from injured reserve ahead of Thursday's game against the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Reed's return provides some much-needed aid to the 49ers' pass-catching corps, which will be missing all of George Kittle (foot), Deebo Samuel (hamstring, reserve/COVID-19 list), Brandon Aiyuk (reserve/COVID-19 list), Kendrick Bourne (reserve/COVID-19 list), Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee). The absence of Kittle in particular -- perhaps for the remainder of the season -- should open up plenty of volume in the passing game for Reed moving forward, but the 30-year-old isn't a lock to take on a major workload as he returns from the left knee sprain that has sidelined him since Sept. 27. David Lombardi of The Athletic speculates that Reed could be on an unspecified "pitch count" Thursday, though the tight end should be a preferred target for quarterback Nick Mullens on whatever snaps he does end up playing.
Nov 5, 2020 1:52 PM EST
The 49ers are expected to activate Reed (knee) from injured reserve prior to Thursday's contest against the Packers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The 49ers opened up Reed's 21-day practice window last Wednesday, and coach Kyle Shanahan implied the tight end would have been limited at Tuesday's practice if he was required to be listed on the injury report, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. If Reed bumps to the active roster, he'll fill in some of the void left behind by George Kittle, who may miss most of the rest of the season due to a broken cuboid bone in his foot.
Nov 5, 2020 12:07 PM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Reed (knee) will be "limited" at Tuesday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Reed still resides on injured reserve, so the 49ers won't be listing him on Tuesday's injury report. However, it bears wondering if he'll have to put in a "full" session before he team will consider activating him from IR. Once Reed is cleared to return, though, there will be a major void to fill in the passing game with George Kittle (foot) likely out for the rest of the season. Until then, Ross Dwelley will be primary TE in San Francisco.
Nov 3, 2020 1:22 PM EST
Reed (knee) could have a major role in the 49ers' passing game once activated with George Kittle (foot) expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Kittle could miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his foot, which opens up a significant target share in San Francisco's passing game. Reed was designated to return from injured reserve last week and is back practicing, and coach Kyle Shanahan said Sunday he's optimistic Reed could be ready for Week 9. The 30-year-old caught nine passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns during Kittle's two-game absence earlier this season, though he went down with the knee injury during the second of those two contests. Ross Dwelley may also have an increased role with Kittle sidelined, but Reed is clearly the better option in the passing game when healthy.
Nov 2, 2020 12:41 PM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan said after Sunday's loss to Seattle that he's optimistic about Reed's (knee) chances of returning Thursday against the Packers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The importance of Reed's status will be magnified if George Kittle (foot) is unable to suit up after exiting in the loss to the Seahawks. Kittle will go for an MRI on Monday, while Reed -- who scored two touchdowns while filling in for an injured Kittle back in Week 2 -- will need to come off IR before suiting up Thursday.
Nov 1, 2020 4:59 PM EST
Reed (knee) could be treated as a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with Seattle, but coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers' other players returning from injured reserve are more likely to play, Keiana Martin of the team's official website reports.
Analysis: Shanahan was referring to RB Tevin Coleman (knee) and CB K'Waun Williams (knee), both of whom were designated to return from injured reserve and participated in practice this week. Reed followed the same plan, but his lengthy medical history could inspire a more cautious approach. Plus, he might only see a few targets per game once he's ready, as George Kittle has been healthy for the past month.
Oct 30, 2020 4:26 PM EST
The 49ers designated Reed (knee) for a return to practice Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: The transaction kicks off a 21-day window for Reed to be evaluated at practice, in which the 49ers can decide whether to fully activate him or allow the veteran tight end to revert to IR. When fully recovered from his sprained left knee, Reed stands to resume handling a key backup role behind George Kittle.
Oct 28, 2020 10:50 AM EST
Reed (knee) was seen sprinting on a side field at Thursday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Reed fared well as a George Kittle placement Weeks 2 and 3, combining for nine catches (on 14 targets) for 73 yards and two touchdowns. In the second contest, though, he sprained his left knee and was given a prognosis of 6-to-8 weeks to recover. If he follows the early end of that timetable, Reed will be sidelined through Week 9. That said, the fact he's progressed to sprinting may mean he's further ahead in his recovery than expected. Still, the 49ers have yet to open his 21-day window to return to action.
Oct 22, 2020 1:47 PM EST
Reed (knee) was moved to injured reserve Saturday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Reed is expected to be out 6-to-8 weeks due to a left knee sprain, so this always felt like the logical conclusion. Ross Dwelley is slated to back up George Kittle who will make his return after a two-game absence Sunday against the Eagles.
Oct 3, 2020 1:53 PM EST
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