Joe Reed
No. 12 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1998-01-04) January 4, 1998 (age 24)
Charlotte Court House, Virginia
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Randolph-Henry High School
(Charlotte Court House, Virginia)
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 5 / Pick: 151
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2020
Rushing yards:29
Return yards:435
Total touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Joe Reed (born January 4, 1998) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Virginia.

Early life and high school

Reed grew up in Charlotte Court House, Virginia and attended Randolph-Henry High School.[1] He played high school football. He played running back as a freshman and moved to wide receiver before his sophomore year. He finished his sophomore season with 33 receptions for 900 yards and 21 total touchdowns and had 15 touchdown receptions as a junior. Reed moved from wide receiver to quarterback for his senior season and rushed for 2,100 yards and 38 touchdowns.[2]

College career

As a freshman, Reed served as the Cavaliers' primary kick returner and returned 28 kicks for 678 yards total (25.1 average).[3] As a sophomore, he returned 29 kicks for 861 yards with two touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for one touchdown and was named honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) as a return specialist.[4][5] Reed was named third team All-ACC after finishing his junior season with 25 receptions for 465 yards and seven touchdowns and 707 yards and a touchdown on 26 kickoff returns.[6] As a senior, Reed returned 24 kickoffs for 796 yards (33.2 yards per return) and two touchdowns and was named first team All-ACC as an all-purpose performer and as a return specialist, as well as a first team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation and the Football Writers Association of America and won the Jet Award as the nation's top return specialist.[7][8] Reed also led Virginia with 77 receptions for 679 yards and seven touchdowns.[9]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0+12 in
(1.84 m)
224 lb
(102 kg)
31+18 in
(0.79 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.47 s 38.0 in
(0.97 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[10]

Reed was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers with the 151st overall pick in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.[11] He scored his first professional touchdown on a seven-yard rush against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7.[12]

On August 31, 2021, Reed was waived by the Chargers and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[13][14] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Chargers on January 18, 2022.


  1. ^ Mohler, Titus (November 14, 2018). "The road home with Joe Reed". The Charlotte Gazette. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Counts, Ron (July 8, 2019). "19 for 2019: Reed may already be the best kickoff return specialist in Virginia's program history". The Daily Progress. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Bruton, Michelle (April 14, 2020). "Meet Joe Reed, Virginia's all-purpose offensive weapon". Draft Wire. USA Today. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  4. ^ "Reed, Zaccheaus lead Virginia's inexperienced receiving corps". The Daily Progress. July 27, 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  5. ^ "With school record in sight, U.Va.'s Joe Reed looks to diversify his production". The Virginian-Pilot. March 31, 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  6. ^ Oakes, Jamie (July 15, 2019). "UVA's Joe Reed named to Paul Hornung Award Watch List". Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Cox, Seth (April 16, 2020). "Joe Reed has an X-Factor in his game that few prospects have". SB Nation. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  8. ^ "Virginia's Joe Reed top returner in 2020 NFL draft". Atlanta Journal Constitution. April 17, 2020. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  9. ^ Oakes, Jamie (March 16, 2020). "Joe Reed states his case to teams ahead of NFL Draft". Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  10. ^ "Joseph Reed Combine Profile". Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  11. ^ Borquez, Gavino (April 25, 2020). "Chargers select WR Joe Reed No. 151 overall". Chargers Wire. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  12. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers - October 25th, 2020". Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  13. ^ "Chargers Reduce Roster to 53". August 31, 2021.
  14. ^ "Chargers Announce Practice Squad and Claim Two Players Off Waivers". September 1, 2021.