Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed celebrate a touchdown against the Browns last season. (Chuck Burton/Associated Press)

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has an idea for how his team can improve an offseason that, to this point, hasn’t inspired a whole lot of confidence that Washington will be a winning team for the third consecutive year in 2017. Asked Saturday what the Redskins need to do to get back to the playoffs, Reed started with his quarterback.

“I think first of all, we got to bring Kirk back,” Reed told SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Zig Fracassi and AJ Hawk of Kirk Cousins, who played last season under the franchise tag. “We got to bring Kirk back. We got to bring two of our most valuable weapons back — Pierre [Garcon] and [DeSean Jackson] — for us to have a shot. So, I think we need to bring those guys back and add a couple more pieces on defense, and I think we’ll be right were we need to be.”

It’s unlikely that the Redskins will bring back both of their pending free agent wide receivers. Jackson said last week that he wants to remain in Washington but also that the Redskins’ front office “has a huge task in front of them.”

“He’s a good dude, man,” Reed said of why the Redskins should re-sign Jackson, the team’s biggest deep threat. “I think people think he’s hard to talk to or something like that, but he’s not. He’s a humble guy. He’s laid-back, and he’s real cool. We’ve all got things in common, so he’s easy to relate to.”

As for Cousins, Reed praised his communication and competitiveness.

“He’s real locked in, and he’s vocal,” Reed said. “He communicates well. He’s clear about what he wants to be done out there and lets us know. On the practice field, he’s locked in and he’s very competitive. That fuels all of us to be that same kind of competitor and compete to the end.”

With Cousins as the starter, Reed has 153 catches for 1,638 yards and 17 touchdowns over the past two seasons. The 26-year-old Reed, who signed a five-year, $48 million contract extension in May, also lobbied for the Redskins to sign Cousins during a visit to ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters last month.

“I would love to see Kirk back,” Reed told Hannah Storm. “He’s a great player, and I think he’s proven to the NFL that he deserves to be paid like one of the top players in the NFL. I think the best is yet to come for him, and I still don’t think he’s reached his full potential. I think he’s an awesome QB. . . . He only got two years starting so far. With a third year, with the same system and things like that, he could only get better.”

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