DJ Reed made his debut against his former team
In the offseason, CB DJ Reed suffered an injury that the 49ers believed would last the entire season. As a result, he was cut and then picked up by the Seattle Seahawks. Coming into the season, the Seahawks had decent depth at the CB position with Shaquill Griffin, Quinton Dunbar, Tre Flowers, Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi. Seattle decided to take a chance on DJ Reed and it paid off yesterday as he looked good in his debut.
Ironically, he made his season debut with the Seahawks against the 49ers. It came in a timely manner as the Seahawks were dealing with some key injures in the secondary.
Earlier in the season, with no Jamal Adams, Ryan Neal was the new kid on the block who showed up and showed out. After Marquise Blair tore his ACL, Ugo Amadi took over the nickel CB spot. With no Amadi versus the Niners, it was time for DJ Reed to play the role of nickel CB. Reed was the one who intercepted Garoppolo on their second possession of the game. Faced with pressure, Garoppolo looked for Kittle, but Reed undercut the route and intercepted his former teammate.
When the Seahawks first picked up Reed, Coach Carroll was excited about this guy. Yesterday, Reed displayed why. I know it is only one game, but it is relieving as a fan to know that we have depth in the secondary. You never know when a player is going to go down an injury. With the significant amount of injuries that the Seahawks have already faced, Reed can play a crucial role for this defense down the line.
While Griffin, Adams and Amadi are expected to play against the Bills next week, expect both Neal and Reed to get some playing time. With extra depth in the secondary, the Seahawks can begin to bring more pressure with the secondary and rotate their guys.