To fill his place, the Broncos also signed former KC Chief TE Jake O'Connell.
Reed spent his collegiate career at New Mexico where the implementation of the triple option offense stunted his production as a TE. His senior year, Reed only managed 7 receptions for 37 yards. He showed more threat as a pass catcher during his junior year averaging more than 10 yards per reception. While his pass production leveled off a bit, his blocking excelled. Reed capped off his senior year with 23 knockdown blocks in 275 run block snaps. Reed was a potentially larger in-line TE measuring in at 6-6 250.
Jake O'Connell has been a reserve for the Chiefs the past 4 seasons, making it to the active roster contributing primarily as a backup/special teams player. O' Connell has appeared in 35 games during that time and has registered 15 catches for 108 yards.
UPDATED 7/28/2013 2:30 PM MST:
TE Lucas Reed cleared waivers and reverts to the #Broncos' injured reserve list.— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) July 28, 2013