Seahawks cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar and Tre Flowers are expected to make their way back to the roster sometime in the coming weeks.
But it seems that young defensive back D.J. Reed is making the case to keep the starting right corner position for the time being, as he continues to make plays in the Seahawks secondary.
In the game against Washington, Reed was credited with two pass breakups against the wide receiver Terry McLaurin.
Reed made it especially clear that he was going to make McLaurin’s day very hard for him.
He was also able to intercept Dwayne Haskins in the third quarter, making it his second pick of the season.
“He is playing good football,” head coach Pete Carroll said about Reed. “I like all the activity and consistency that he is showing and he is tackling really well.”
Back in 2019, Reed tore his pectoral muscle while playing for the San Francisco 49ers. The team released him before the season started, thinking he would not be able to play the season altogether.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider snagged Reed off the waiver wire this past summer, waiting for the young defensive back to heal his injury and not waste the fact that the talent was there.
Now that he is all healed up, Reed is making the case that he is easily Seattle’s best pickup of the season.
After the game, Reed talked about how motivated he was to play after 49ers general manager John Lynch said he wasn’t going to this season.
“Chip on shoulder, forever. It’s heavy, I came in this game pretty anger, pissed off, just because,” Reed said after the game. “I knew they were going to try me I was guarding 17. A lot of people I felt like had nervous energy, so I came into the game with a chip on my shoulder and I just let it out.”
Playing with a chip on your shoulder like that can motivate anyone to bring the heat like Reed has since filling in for Flowers and Dunbar.
It begs the question, for the Seahawks, if it is really worth changing him out for when those two make their way back into the roster.
After the game, Carroll did mention, for the time being, that Reed has earned the starting job for this week’s efforts.
With the resurgence of the defense and the help of the secondary, the Seahawks move to 10-4 on the season and have officially clinched a playoff spot for this season.
Reed is obviously happy to have clinched a playoff spot, but the young corner is hungry for more.
His eyes are set now for the main objective set at the beginning of the season.
The Super Bowl.
“Man I am hungry right now, we just clinched a playoff spot, and obviously are goal is to win a Super Bowl,” Reed said. If we don’t win a Super Bowl, in my opinion, this season was a failure.”
The next game will be the rematch against the Los Angeles Rams for the NFC West title on Sunday.
If Carroll’s comments rein true, you can expect Reed to be back at the starting right cornerback position for that game as well.