The Seattle Seahawks have had two open roster slots for the past couple of days, and fans of the team have spent much of that time hoping those spots would be filled with impact players for the defensive line. While the team has addressed its secondary during the offseason, with the addition of Quinton Dunbar from the Washington Football Team and Jamal Adams from the New York Jets, however the defensive line has been left largely neglected in the opinion of many.
Wednesday it was reported that the Hawks had filled one of the two open roster spots with a waiver claim, and many fans may be unimpressed when they learn that the waiver claim was made in order to add yet another safety to the roster.
Of course: The #Seahawks claimed DJ Reed, the former #49ers DB and 2018 draft pick, per the wire.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 5, 2020
In adding DJ Reed, the Seahawks add another safety, but not one who will be expected to make an immediate impact on the field, as Reed is still recovering from injury.
A bit of a surprise considering Reed (torn pec) won't be ready until early November at the earliest. https://t.co/hRALY9LzQK— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 5, 2020
Reed, a fifth round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2018, is now the third Kansas State Wildcat on the roster, joinging Tyler Lockett and B.J. Finney who both entered the NFL out of K-State in 2015. During his two seasons with the Niners Reed logged just 485 defensive snaps, however, he played 351 special teams snaps during his time there, including returning 11 kickoffs for the 49ers in 2018. That would seem to indicate that Seattle could see Reed filling multiple special teams roles going forward.
In any case, the Seahawks still have one more roster spot open, and Field Gulls will be sure to update readers on how the team decides to fill that spot in the coming days.