Broncos add former Rams and Giants safety J.R. Reed to DB room

J.R. Reed. Credit: Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports.
J.R. Reed. Credit: Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports.

The Denver Broncos needed to add depth to their safety position and did so by adding J.R. Reed.

Reed (26) went undrafted in 2020 out of the University of Georgia. Before the 2020 season, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Rams. Reed appeared in 15 NFL contests with the Rams before he was signed off Los Angeles’s practice squad by the New York Giants. Overall, Reed has played in 16 games across two seasons with zero starts.

Reed has experience playing under Broncos new defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, who was previously the secondary coach for the Rams.

Before his time in the NFL, Reed was a standout for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Reed finished his college career with multiple accolades. He was a team captain for the 2019 campaign and his play on the field earned him a spot on the Walter Camp All-American First Team and Coaches’ All-SEC First Team.

Reed was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the college football’s top defensive back. However, he suffered an injury near the end of his final season and missed the Bulldog’s Sugar Bowl win. In his Bulldog career, he played in 42 games, recorded 199 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 3 QB sacks.

In college, Reed displayed a high football IQ, finding himself around the ball often.

Though Reed displayed adequate balls, he was known for his reliability as a tackler. More of a box defender, Reed’s use in Denver would likely be as a nickel linebacker who can provide run support and roam in the middle of the field.

At a minimum, Reed’s willingness to hit will be a welcome addition to the Broncos special teams.

Reed’s familiarity with Evero should give him a solid chance at making the team’s final roster. However, look for Denver to continue to add to their secondary both in free agency and the draft. Former starter Kareem Jackson has been in talks with the Broncos and could be another name added to help Denver compete in the loaded AFC West.

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