New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski garners most of the attention when it comes to tight ends in the NFL. However, his shadow recently has been blown over by Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed's fantastic play, and combine that with Gronkowski missing the start of the season, fans are starting to understand how good Reed is.
Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley is the most likely to draw the assignment if a situation where one-on-one coverage in the slot transpires. Mosley's play so far has been outstanding. Mosley turned in a fantastic effort against the Jacksonville Jaguars only to match it against the Oakland Raiders. He looks trimmer and his movement skills have been sharp. They will be tested against Reed.
When Mosley will find himself in zone, his awareness and his discipline will have to be at their best as well. Tampa 2 coverage could be used to defend the seams. Mosley will find himself matching Reed on seam routes and when the ball is thrown, two titans will do battle.
Fans should not be surprised if safeties are called on to bracket Reed when he splits out wide. If Mosley follows or if cornerbacks take up the assignment, Ravens safety Eric Weddle dropping from the line of scrimmage underneath inside breaking routes will help double Reed.
With all that being said, Mosley is the key piece when it comes to defending Jordan Reed. However, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees will need a plan and the entire defense will have to be disciplined.