Last year after playing halfway through the season, D.J. Reed was a revelation. He played right corner and was every bit as good as any other corner the Seahawks had. If there was one certain player who was going to start at corner this season for Seattle, as Shaquill Griffin left via free agency, it was Reed.
But Reed got off to a bit of a bumpy start to the season. He wasn’t exactly bad but he was not as good as 2020. Through the first four weeks of the year, Reed was graded in the high 40s per Pro Football Focus grading system. But after week 8, Reed is now 33rd. A lot of this is due to Reed switching back from left corner to right.
In the last four games, Reed has a QBR-allowed of 60.0, second best in the NFL. And in the last two games, Reed has allowed just 2 catches when targets for just 15 yards. Reed playing better is a big reason the overall secondary of the Seahawks has been better too.
Reed will need to continue his great play in week 10, however. Seattle will likely face Aaron Rodgers and Rodgers will be the best quarterback Seattle has faced this season. Rodgers will also likely be extra-motivated after missing week 9 after testing positive for COVID-19. Green Bay has a great receiver in Davante Adams who they move around a bunch. It will be up to Reed to slow Adams on the right side.