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Players to Watch- Nick Reed


Directly following the finish of the NFL season Jerry Angelo made his fist move of the off-season, signing a young, versatile and hard-working defensive end named Nick Reed (98). This move didn’t make any waves, or even make it onto many news sources, but could end up being significant in the short term (especially on special teams) and over the long term (as more playing time presents itself on the defensive line).

Reed’s college career was especially brilliant; he set the school record for sacks in a single season at Oregon University, recording 29.5 while essentially dominating the conference. This hasn’t translated to immediate success in the NFL, but this can be attributed more to limited playing time and opportunities than anything else. History shows that when given the opportunity this young man comes through for his coach and teammates.

At 6 feet one inch tall and two hundred and forty eight pounds Reed is not the ideal size for most NFL coach’s defensive schemes. Though this may have affected his playing time and opportunities at Seattle it should not within Lovie Smith’s Tampa Two defense, which holds speed and athleticism in higher regard than physical attributes.

In college and throughout his brief career in the NFL Reed has developed a reputation as being an incredibly driven and hard worker. According to coaches, friends, and other colleagues his motor never stops running, which will serve him well in Chicago. The fans and media all appreciate this kind of consistent professional approach to ones work.

As the pre season starts, keep one eye on number ninety eight at all times when he is on the field. He will be fighting for a spot in the defensive line rotation and special teams and is always exciting to watch and won’t disappoint. -JGIERTY-

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