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49ers HC Kyle Shanahan on losing D.J. Reed: That’s something I wish we could have had back


The 49ers risked letting cornerback D.J. #Reed go earlier this season when the team was suffering from injuries. #Head coach #Kyle #Shanahan spoke about the decision to let #Reed go on #Wednesday:

“We had an unprecedented number of guys at that time who were on PUP. #We couldn’t have more with the roster rules and how many we had to have down. #We didn’t know if he was going to be able to come back during the year from it. There were a lot of decisions that went into it.

#We were hoping we wouldn’t lose him. #Obviously, #Seattle took him, and they got a great player because of it. #He’s a guy I really like a lot, as a person and a player. #That’s something I wish we could have had back.”

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#At the time, it was a risk since the 49ers had zero cornerbacks under contract after 2020. #Reed didn’t get a chance to showcase his skills for #San #Francisco, but he’s taken full advantage in #Seattle. The first time #Reed got onto the field this season game in #Week 8, where he intercepted a #Jimmy #Garoppolo pass as the 49ers were driving. #Since then, #Reed has started every game for the #Seahawks, including on the outside.

#On a conference call, #Seattle head coach #Pete #Carroll said #Reed came in and “he immediately showed his stuff.” #Caroll added:

“We hoped he’d be a nickel and maybe a safety or a corner. #We weren’t sure. #We’d seen him play those spots, but we weren’t sure how he’d fit. #But as soon as we got him on the field, we just loved the guy and his natural instincts and his super-good quickness. #Just his style and awareness was really obvious, so he jumped right in. #He played nickel and played well. #We moved him to corner because we needed to, and he played well, and he’s held onto his job.”

The NFL is all about opportunity, and #Reed has made the most of his. #He had another interception last week against #Washington:

The week before, #Reed played his best game of the season, and I’d argue that it was one of the best “effort” games from a defensive back all season in the NFL. #Check this clip out:

#Reed’s been a sure tackler, as he’s only missed three all season. #He’s been an effective blitzer, run defender and has also broken up four passes in coverage. #For good measure, he’s the #Seahawks punt and kick returner. #On 38 targets, #Reed has allowed 7.1 yards per target, per #Sports #Info #Solutions.

I’ve mentioned before how #Sports #Info #Solutions has their version of “defensive runs saved” that’s called “total points saved.” #In eight starts, #Reed’s 25 total points saved is higher than #Stephon #Gilmore, #Antoine #Winfield #Jr., #Patrick #Peterson, #Byron #Jones, and #Marshon #Lattimore.

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The front office gambled, and that gamble did not pay off. #Reed is under contract through 2021 and is 25-years-old with positional flexibility and special teams value. #Shanahan has every reason to feel sick after losing a player like #Reed.





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