ASHBURN - Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been held out during this week's veteran minicamp, working on a side field while his teammates practice in uniform.

That came as somewhat of a surprise given that Reed suffered what was described as a "toe sprain" in a Week 14 loss to the New York Giants last season.

But Reed told the Times-Dispatch on Tuesday that he's healing well, and there's no cause for concern.

"Last season I had to rush to get ready (after toe surgery)," he said. "This year I've got more time and they're letting me take it."

Asked about his participation at training camp, Reed said, "I'll be ready by camp for sure."

Reed has been working in Houston with teammates Adrian Peterson and Trent Williams, and said he's pleased that his foot injury hasn't kept him from bulking up.

"I've been able to gain some strength that I was missing last year at this time, so I'm feeling good," he said.

Reed played 13 games last year, but it was a disappointing season by his standards. The tight end caught 54 passes for 558 yards and 2 touchdowns.

One of the top priorities at training camp will be getting him in sync with new quarterbacks Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins, given that Reed is probably the team's best pass catching option when he's healthy.

Reed said he's liked what he's seen from Haskins so far.

"He's a real talented guy," Reed said. "Quick release, strong arm, and he's real smart. Great instincts. I'm real excited about him."

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