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Michigan State football: Jayden Reed standing out at Reese’s Senior Bowl practice

Jayden Reed is cooking defenders.



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To no one’s surprise, Michigan State football star Jayden Reed is standing out at Reese’s Senior Bowl practice.

Despite a slightly disappointing senior season with was plagued with injury, Michigan State football star wideout Jayden Reed is showing why he was considered one of the best receivers in the country before the season.

Reed was invited to the Reese’s Senior Bowl this year after catching 55 passes for 636 yards and five touchdowns. Don’t let those numbers fool you, though. Reed is elite.

And he’s proving that on day one of Senior Bowl practice on Tuesday.

Obviously there are scouts in attendance and if they’re putting stock into what they’ve seen from Reed so far, he has improved his draft position tremendously.

Reed is absolutely cooking defenders in practice.

Here’s the first huge win for Reed on the day against what looks to be an Iowa defensive back.

That footwork is magical and the defender was on skates immediately. You could tell the defender was unsure of how to play the route as he was second-guessing his positioning before Reed even took off and the Spartan wideout took full advantage and made a quick move and got open immediately.

And then there was this go route that showcased Reed’s speed.

Reed essentially blew by the Ohio State defender and had 2-3 steps on him for an easy reception in the end zone. A great, simple route.

Marcus Mosher, a Pro Football Focus writer, had glowing reviews for Reed on the day for the national team’s practice. He posted another catch by Reed and said that he’s won every route so far.

It looks like Reed is proving himself yet again which he has been known to do throughout his career. Out of high school, he was just a low three-star recruit and committed to Western Michigan with no other major offers. He then was a Freshman All-American with the Broncos and transferred to Michigan State. After a slow start to his MSU career, he broke out in 2021 and became one of the best receivers in the nation. And then in 2022, he took a step back and was never really himself and everyone began to doubt him again.

Reed is thriving off the doubt, as you can see.

You can watch him at the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on the NFL Network. If you can’t tune in, maybe check out tomorrow or Thursday’s practice from 12:30-2:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Reed will surely be killing it again.

Writer, co-owner of Spartan Shadows. Michigan State and college football expert at FanSided and formerly of The Detroit News. Expert on all things Michigan State. Connor Muldowney has written about Michigan State since graduating from the university with a degree in journalism back in 2013. Ten years of experience as a Michigan State writer/reporter.