Eric Reid (American football)

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Eric Reid
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Reid with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017
Free agent
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Born: (1991-12-10) December 10, 1991 (age 26)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: Geismar (LA) Dutchtown
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles: 318
Sacks: 1.0
Interceptions: 10
Forced fumbles: 2
Pass deflections: 34
Player stats at NFL.com

Eric Todd Reid (born December 10, 1991) is an American football strong safety who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU), and received consensus All-American recognition. He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early life[edit]

Reid was born to Eric and Sharon Reid in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended Dutchtown High School in Geismar, Louisiana, where he played football, basketball, and ran track. In football, he recorded 78 tackles, nine sacks, four interceptions, and three fumble recoveries as a junior. As a senior, he received Louisiana Class 5A All-state honors after registering 45 tackles and three interceptions.[1] He played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Also a standout track & field athlete, Reid followed in his father's footsteps to excel in the hurdling events while at Dutchtown. His father was the 1987 NCAA Champion while at LSU. In sprints, he recorded a PR time of 6.69 seconds in the 55-meter dash at the 2009 LSU High School Indoor Classic.[2] In the hurdling events, he placed 4th in the 55-meter hurdles at the 2009 High School Last Chance Qualifier, with a PR time of 8.00 seconds.[3] He got a career-best time of 14.2 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2010 Dutchtown 4-way Meet, where he took gold.[4]

College career[edit]

Reid enrolled in Louisiana State University, where he played for coach Les Miles's LSU Tigers football team from 2010 to 2012. As a freshman in 2010, Reid played in 13 games with three starts. He finished the season with 32 tackles and two interceptions. As a first-year starter as a sophomore in 2011, Reid recorded 76 tackles, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. He was named a second-team All-American by Rivals.com and was a second team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press.[5][6]

As a junior in 2012, he started all 13 games at safety and finished third on the team in tackles with 91 (42 unassisted), two interceptions, and seven pass breakups. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having received first-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, ESPN, and Scout.com, and second-team honors from the Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Athlon Sports, CBSsports.com, and Sports Illustrated. He was also a first-team All-SEC selection.

Professional career[edit]

Coming out of LSU, Reid was projected to be a first or second round pick by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts. He received an invitation to the NFL combine and completed all of the required combine and positional drills. On March 27, 2013, he opted to participate at LSU's pro day, and chose to perform positional drills, the 40-yard dash (4.50), 20-yard dash (2.60), and 10-yard dash (1.54) for the scouts and team representatives in attendance. He was ranked the second best free safety in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com, the third best safety prospect by NFL analyst Mike Mayock, and was ranked the fourth best safety in the draft by Sports Illustrated.[7][8]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
213 lb
(97 kg)
33 58 in
(0.85 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.53 s 1.53 s 2.55 s 4.22 s 6.99 s 40.5 in
(1.03 m)
11 ft 2 in
(3.40 m)
17 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[9]

The San Francisco 49ers selected Reid in the first round (18th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.[10] In order to select Reid, the San Francisco 49ers traded their first (31st overall) and third round picks (74th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft to the Dallas Cowboys. He was the second safety selected behind Kenny Vaccaro (15th overall, Saints) and was the second of six LSU players selected in the first three rounds, breaking the NFL draft record. A total of nine players from LSU were drafted in 2013, setting a new school record.[11]

2013[edit]

On July 5, 2013, the San Francisco 49ers signed Reid to a fully guaranteed four-year, $8.48 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $4.54 million.[12]

Reid was drafted to become the starting free safety after the San Francisco 49ers had lost Dashon Goldson after he opted to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during free agency. Reid competed with veterans Craig Dahl and C. J. Spillman throughout training camp, in an effort to win the job as the starting free safety. Head coach Jim Harbaugh named him the starting free safety to start the 2013 season.[13]

His professional regular season debut and first career start in the San Francisco 49ers' season-opener against the Green Bay Packers and recorded seven solo tackles, a pass deflection, and intercepted a pass attempt by Aaron Rodgers during the 34-28 victory.[14] The following week, he earned two solo tackles, defended a pass, and made his second career interception, after picking off a pass attempt by Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson in the 49ers' 3-29 [15] Unfortunately, he was unable to finish the game after suffering a concussion.

In Week 6, Reid collected three combined tackles, deflected a pass, recovered a fumble, and intercepted a pass attempt by Carson Palmer and returned it 53-yard, as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 32-20. On December 29, 2013, he earned a season-high ten combined tackles and defended a pass during the 49ers' 23-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.[16] He finished his rookie season with 77 combined tackles (62 solo), 11 pass deflections, and four interceptions in 16 games and 16 starts. Reid was voted to be an alternate for the 2014 Pro Bowl.[17]

The San Francisco 49ers finished second in the NFC West with a 12-4 record under Jim Harbaugh in 2013. On January 5, 2014, Reid started in his first career playoff game and recorded nine combined tackles in a 23-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wildcard game. On January 19, 2014, the 49ers played the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship and Reid made four combined tackles in their 17-23 loss.[16] On January 21, 2014, it was reported that Reid would be replacing Kam Chancellor in the 2014 Pro Bowl.[18]

Reid in 2013

2014[edit]

Reid competed with rookie Jimmie Ward for the starting free safety position throughout training camp. Reid was named the starting free safety to begin the 2014 season.[19]

Reid started the San Francisco 49ers' season-opener against the Dallas Cowboys and recorded four combined tackles, deflected a pass, and intercepted a pass attempt by Tony Romo in the 28-17 victory. On November 9, 2014, he collected a season-high six combined tackles and defended a pass in the 49ers' 27-24 win over the New Orleans Saints. The next week, Reid made three solo tackles, two pass deflections, and intercepted a pass attempt by New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning during the 16-10 victory for the 49ers. On December 14, 2015, he recorded three combined tackles, defended a pass and had a 73-yard return after intercepting Russell Wilson in a 7-17 loss at the Seattle Seahawks.[16] The following game, Reid suffered a concussion in a 35-38 overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers. He decided to sit out the following week as a precaution and said another factor was attributed to the 49ers being ineligible for the playoffs after finishing 8-8. Reid finished the season with 42 combined tackles (34 solo), seven pass deflections, and three interceptions in 15 games and 15 starts. Head coach Jim Harbaugh was fired by the San Francisco 49ers immediately after the season.

On June 9, 2015, it was reported by the San Francisco Chronicle that Reid had contemplated retirement due to concerns over concussions after he suffered three in his first two seasons. This came after the San Francisco 49ers suffered a exodus of multiple players, including the surprise retirement of Chris Borland and Anthony Davis. Reid immediately denied he considered retirement saying his comments were taken, "out of context." by reporter Eric Branch. He posted on Twitter, "The media always finds a way to twist your words...they just want you to click on their article." A and continued, "Just to be clear, I NEVER SAID, "I've given some thought to leaving the NFL!"[20][21]

2015[edit]

Reid remained the starting free safety to begin the 2015 season under new head coach Jim Tomsula.

On November 22, 2015, he recorded a season-high ten combined tackles in a 13-29 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. During a Week 14 contest against the Cleveland Browns, Reid tied his season-high with ten combined tackles (9 solo) in a 10-24 loss. The following week, he made four solo tackles and had his first career sack on Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback Andy Dalton, as the 49ers suffered a 14-24 loss. He finished the season with 72 combined tackles (60 solo), seven pass deflections, and a sack in 16 games and 16 starts. [16] The San Francisco 49ers fired Jim Tomula after the 49ers finished with a 5-11 record.

2016[edit]

On May 2, 2016, the San Francisco 49ers picked up Reid's fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Under the agreement, he earned $5.67 million for the 2017 season.[22]

With Jimmie Ward moving to cornerback, Reid became the de facto free safety entering the regular season. On September 25, 2016, Reid recorded a career-high 12 combined tackles in a 18-37 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. On November 13, 2016, he made five combined tackles, two reflected passes, and intercepted a pass from Carson Palmer in a 20-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.[16] During a Week 11 matchup against the New England Patriots, Reid collected seven solo tackles as the 49ers lost 17-30. He was unable to finish the game after suffering a torn bicep. He had an MRI and a surgery to repair the tear the following day.[23]

On November 22, 2016, he was placed on injured/reserve. He finished with 62 combined tackles (48 solo), five pass deflection, and an interception in ten games and ten starts.[24] Head coach Chip Kelly was fired after posting a dismal 2-14 record in his only season with the San Francisco 49ers.

2017[edit]

On February 6, 2017, former Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was hired as the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. This made him Reid's fourth different head coach in five years. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh switched cornerback Jimmie Ward back to his natural position at free safety and moved Reid to strong safety in training camp.[25]

On September 17, 2017, Reid recorded seven combined tackles during the 49ers' 9-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He suffered a knee injury that kept him from playing in Weeks 3-5. During that span, Jaquiski Tartt flourished in Reid's strong safety role. With Tartt now the starting strong safety, Reid was moved to a hybrid safety/linebacker role after linebacker Navorro Bowman was granted a release and Malcolm Smith suffered a season-ending pectoral injury. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, said the move was in response to having three starting caliber safeties and getting the best 11 players on the field together.[26] On October 22, 2017, he debuted in his new role and recorded four solo tackles in a 10-40 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The following week, free safety Jimmie Ward suffered a fractured forearm during a 10-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. This prompted the San Francisco 49ers' coaching staff to move Jaquiski Tartt to Ward's free safety role and move Reid back to his strong safety position.[27] On November 5, 2017, Reid recorded four combined tackles, deflected a pass, and intercepted a pass attempt by Arizona Cardinals' quarterback Drew Stanton, as the 49ers lost 10-20.[16]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2013 SF 16 77 62 15 0.0 0 2 0 4 54 14 53 0 11
2014 SF 15 42 35 07 0.0 0 0 0 3 138 46 73 0 7
2015 SF 16 71 60 11 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
2016 SF 10 62 48 14 0.0 1 0 0 1 13 13 13 0 5
2017 SF 13 67 53 14 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5
Career 57 251 204 47 1.0 2 2 0 10 205 26 73 0 35

[28]

Protest activities and grievance case against the NFL[edit]

In October 2017, Reid filed an official grievance letter with the NFL alleging that team owners and the league, influenced by President Donald Trump, colluded to prevent his employment due to his protest activities. Reid was the second NFL player after Colin Kaepernick to participate in U.S. national anthem protests intended to highlight social awareness and racial injustice. Reid's lawyers also represent Kaepernick in a similar grievance case against the NFL. Trump, who publicly condemned the kneeling protests and urged that the protesting players be fired, had private conversations with NFL owners about the player protests during the time period. Team owners have said they are concerned about being in conflict with Trump in regards to the anthem protests. During a job interview with the owner of the Cincinnati Bengals NFL team, Reid reportedly refused to say whether he would obey a rule against kneeling during the anthem. Afterwards, Reid was not offered a position.[29][30][31][32]

Personal life[edit]

His brother, Justin Reid, is a safety prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft, who was picked by Houston Texans in the third round.[33][34]

References[edit]

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  30. ^ "Source: Eric Reid's Grievance Against NFL Will Focus on Donald Trump". amp.slate.com. 
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  32. ^ Press, Associated. "Trump says NFL should fire players who kneel during national anthem". latimes.com. 
  33. ^ "Stanford safety with ballhawk instincts linked to 49ers". 5 October 2017. 
  34. ^ "Relentless older brother Eric Reid helping to mold a star for Stanford". 8 September 2017. 

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