The San Francisco 49ers will catch a bit of a break on Monday Night Football as Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III will be without tight end Jordan Reed. The rookie suffered a concussion last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, and would appear to have not cleared the concussion protocol yet.
Pierre Garcon is Washington's leading receiver, but Reed has been a big weapon the last few weeks prior to his concussion. Football Outsiders ranks him fifth among tight ends in DYAR, and seventh in DVOA. Pro Football Focus ranks him the No. 3 tight end. PFF grades him out best in pass-catching, but positively in run blocking and avoiding penalties.
In Reed's absence, Washington will likely rely on Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis. The season started with Davis expected to take firm control of the tight end position, and provide some big play potential. He struggled before an injury, and has since been a health scratch several weeks in a row. Paulsen has 13 catches for 122 yards and a tochdown this season, while Davis has three receptions for 25 yards. Both grade out very poorly at both Football Outsiders and Pro Football Focus.