Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

11 Jun 2010

Chargers Sign Josh Reed

The Chargers have picked up Josh Reed, formerly of the Bills. Reed had a remarkable 10.1 +/- in 2008, but that figure fell to -1.7 in 2009.

I like the move -- Reed isn't a great player, but he's a good route-runner and intermediate receiver that should blend well with the Chargers' current group of big downfield targets. I don't buy the idea that he's Vincent Jackson insurance.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 11 Jun 2010

9 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2010, 1:35am by Big Johnson


by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 5:59pm

team git wrong J reed. Josh reed crappy player but thats good for Raiders. easier to win afc west if other temas have crap players. chrgers better off getting jeff reed ecbaause nsate keading stinks. who cares if he gores 42 for 42 xps and 27 for 29 fgs in reg season if he going to misss every big kick in plaoffs. terrible kikcker.

by Bobman :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 6:34pm

Strangely, that's almost exactly what I was thinking. I had no idea who Josh was but I was thinking Damn, J Reed is a pretty good kicker....

by prophetik (not verified) :: Sun, 06/13/2010 - 6:04pm

as a bills fan who has watched him play for eight years, i felt he was one of the better receivers on the roster. he's not a no. 2 guy, but out of the slot he's deadly because of his deceptive quickness and excellent route running. definitely not a deep thread, but an excellent short- and mid-range receiver.

this is an excellent acquisition by the chargers, IMO. his numbers aren't sexy, but then again we have the worst quarterbacks in the league throwing to him. it's not really his fault =)

by tuluse :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 6:20pm

+/-, what?

And if you meant DVOA the numbers don't match his player page.

by Anonymousff (not verified) :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 8:57pm

+/-? Is this suddenly hockey now?

by Dan :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 10:22pm

Negative +/- for a WR? Wow the Bills offense was bad.

by Dan :: Fri, 06/11/2010 - 10:28pm

To ruin the joke, +/- actually refers to this (part ii).

by Dr. Mooch :: Sat, 06/12/2010 - 8:52am

Like they say, he runs pretty good routes and he's not awful in the mid-range passing. More importantly, he's a great run-blocker.

by Big Johnson :: Mon, 06/14/2010 - 1:35am

i hope you are right about the run blocking. this could potentially be a monster rookie season for matthews and needs all the help he can get