Steelers @ Redskins: What to watch for

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Containing a mismatch

Jordan Reed is an immense talent at the tight end position. Kirk Cousins takes advantage of that. Reed is a size/speed tight end that poses matchup problems for defenses.

Reed is likely to see a variety of coverage combinations on Monday night. Shazier and Lawrence Timmons are the most likely candidates to cover Reed over the course of the night, but safeties Robert Golden and Mike Mitchell will also share some of the load.

It will also be interesting to see if second round pick Sean Davis is heavily involved in covering Reed. Davis was drafted for his size, speed, and versatility. He has experience playing both corner and safety and could give the Steelers’ nickel package some interesting coverage options.

Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t plan on trying to take Reed out of the game, but he wants to limit his impact.

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