Originally expected to compete for snaps at nickelback once healthy, Reed has instead slid into the right cornerback spot on the outside as a result of injuries to Tre Flowers and Quinton Dunbar. And not only has he helped Seattle to get by at that position, but he has been outstanding doing so, providing the Seahawks with the type of steady play opposite Shaquill Griffin that Dunbar was expected to provide.
With Dunbar expected to return soon, Reed’s starting spot will be challenged. However, as Pete Carroll made it known after Reed’s best game of the season, it will be his to lose.
Pete Carroll said Tre Flowers should be back this week, and maybe Quinton Dunbar as well, but said D.J. Reed "has the lead to hold that spot at least going into this week." #Seahawks— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) December 20, 2020
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll to @710ESPNSeattle on DB D.J. Reed, who had an INT and 3 PBUs against Washington: "He has tremendous instincts ... I'm really fired up about him."— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) December 21, 2020
Carroll saved perhaps the highest praise for Monday on 710 ESPN Seattle, comparing Reed’s attitude to an all-time Seahawks great.
Carroll on Reed's chip on his shoulder: "Reminds me of Doug Baldwin. Just plays with this marvelous attitude drives him into crazy stuff, craziness.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 21, 2020
Reed has exceeded expectations in every way during his audition to start and will now, rightfully, get the chance to hang on to his starting spot the rest of the way. And, if Carroll’s comparison to Baldwin proves correct, it’s hard to imagine Reed giving up the right cornerback spot down the stretch.