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Reed learned that on Oct. 20, when, in the Redskins‘ 45-41 victory over the Bears, he caught all nine passes thrown to him for 138 yards and a touchdown. Already a growing part of the offense, Reed cemented his role with a reliable performance.

That’s why the drop on Sunday, which happened with 6:18 left in the game, bothered him so much. That’s why Wednesday, he stayed on the field 30 minutes after practice ended, at times lying on his back and catching passes from tight ends coach Sean McVay.

“It has a lot to do with game plan and certain matchups we can exploit from the defense,” Reed said. “Whoever has the best chance of winning is probably going to have the most plays called for them during that week.”