Jayden Reed

Jayden Reed

WR - GB
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College: Michigan State
Green Bay Packers

2023 Season Outlooks

Reed has a legit shot to be the Packers' primary slot option at the position -- maybe even their No. 2 receiver. The rookie was a quick-footed, well-nuanced receiver stuck in a bad offense at Michigan State, finishing up with only five touchdowns in 11 games after scoring 10 in 13 games the year before. More importantly, Reed racked up 114 catches on 185 targets (30 were deemed uncatchable) with a 14.6 receiving average. His lack of height and breakaway speed may keep him from being dominant, and 12 drops over those past two years can't be overlooked, but he's pretty polished and should contribute as soon as this year. He's not a must-get in seasonal drafts (though you might pick him up off waivers), but he is very much worth considering after 20th overall in rookie-only drafts.

The 5’11, 187-pound rookie out of Michigan State should be an intriguing dynasty asset to watch. However, his 2023 outlook is not particularly strong.

Last year’s Packers didn’t present high passing volume, and it’s tough to expect a big shift with a first-time starter at QB. Reed will also battle 2022 rookies Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs – as well as RB Aaron Jones – for targets.

It all makes Reed just a late-round redraft consideration. Though there’s room for him to climb the target-distribution chart.

What We Learned Last YearReed was selected by the Packers 50th overall, in the second round of the NFL Draft.He began his collegiate career at Western Michigan in 2018 before transferring to Michigan State for his final three seasons.Reed finished ranking sixth in Michigan State history in receptions, 12th in receiving yards, and tied for seventh in TD catches. He started all 31 games in which he appeared over his three seasons.As a senior in 2022, Reed recorded 55 catches, 636 receiving yards, and 5 TDs.
What to Expect in 2023The Packers lost WR Allen Lazard to the Jets in free agency, removing last season’s target leader. Between Lazard, TE Robert Tonyan, WR Randall Cobb, and WR Sammy Watkins, Green Bay shed 42.5% of last year’s targets.Reed’s likely to spend most of his time in the slot:Over his four college seasons, Reed went from running 98.3% of his routes from the slot as a 2018 freshman to 75.8% in 2020 and then 15.9% and 22.2% the past two years – according to Pro Football Focus.However, Reed spent 59 of 68 offensive snaps in the slot when he appeared in the Reese’s Senior Bowl this February.He also worked there in spring workouts with the Packers.The team also drafted two TEs – Luke Musgrave in the second, Tucker Kraft in the third. That duo could factor into receiving work in the same area of the field.We’re not projecting big passing volume in Green Bay, which ranked just 18th in the league in pass rate last year – with Aaron Rodgers as opposed to first-time starter Jordan Love.

Reed was selected in the second round of April's draft. The Michigan State product is as versatile as they come, having contributed as a receiver (328 targets, 24% share), rusher (18 carries) and returner (42 kick and 39 punt returns) in 44 collegiate games. Impressively, Reed never finished a season with a target share below 23%, and he peaked with a 59-1026-10 receiving line in 2021 after moving to more of a perimeter role. He'll need to clean up the drops, but Reed has a path to a large rookie season workload, with the likes of Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs as his top competition for snaps. Even with Aaron Rodgers out of the picture, Reed is well worth a mid-to-late round pick.

2023 Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard

#162

PPR

#164

Half-PPR

#180

Superflex

#218

2023 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec TD
47.5 605.8 2.9

2023 Average Draft Position (ADP)

Standard

#230

Pick 20.02

PPR

#228

Pick 19.12

Half-PPR

#207

Pick 18.03

Superflex

#228

Pick 19.12

Injury Risk

Injury Risk:
High

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