The Green Bay Packers have had several rookies on the roster get some play time this season, and the best one of the bunch so far has been wide receiver Jayden Reed. He was a second-round selection from Michigan State University and has proven himself as the slot receiver.
Reed has caught 28 passes for 417 yards receiving and four touchdowns so far this season. He is averaging 14.9 yards per reception. Jayden Reed has also rushed for 19 yards on two carries and averaged 9.5 yards per carry despite not having a rushing touchdown yet this season.
Austin Kruger, a writer for lombardiavenue.com, wrote about his midseason awards for the Green Bay Packers this year despite being 3-6 on the year. His rookie of the year so far is Jayden Reed, and there is no doubt that he has been the best rookie for them. His runner-up was Luke Musgrave, who was also a second-round pick from Oregon State.
Some of the reasoning that Kruger used as to why Reed is his choice for the Packers rookie of the year so far:
“Reed has played the 13th-most snaps out of the slot this season (209) and, in doing so, has helped Love post a 118.1 passer rating when targeting Reed, the top mark on the Packers. His 44.9% win rate in man coverage is good for the 21st-best mark in football, and he is literally starting to separate himself.
Reed’s 417 receiving yards lead all Packers after 10 weeks, and his role in the offense continues to expand. Reed can make plays over the middle, stretch the field, take a screen pass for a big gain, and is counted on in the red zone. He ranks second on the Packers in red zone targets (10) but has converted the highest percentage of targets into catches (60%).
Reed is likely to see his role continue to expand down the stretch, and he is looking like the next home-run second-round receiver selection for Green Bay.”
Green Bay Packers Rookie Wide Receiver Jayden Reed is the Second Best Option For Quarterback Jordan Love This Season
Reed has proven to be the second-best receiving option this season for the Packers behind Romeo Doubs. Jayden Reed does lead the team in receiving yards, but Romeo Doubs leads the team in receptions with 33 and touchdown receptions with six.
Doubs has been targeted 59 times, and Reed has been targeted 45 times this year for the Packers offense. He is only going to grow in the offense as time goes on. In the past, the Packers have also drafted receivers Christian Watson, Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Greg Jennings in the second round, and it appears as if Jayden Reed is a home run.
Reed has been better than Christian Watson this season, and rookie Donayvion Wicks needs more snaps over Watson. He could get close to 800 yards receiving and eight touchdowns by the time the season ends, along with over 45 receptions.