They say you never have too many options and the 49ers are doing just that. With the training camps fast approaching, it's important to get your regular players in shape but also look at new options and diversify your assets. New players may add a very precise angle to your lineup and every edge counts in this sport.
This is why the team brought free agent Cedric Reed for a workout. If you don't know the name, don't panic just yet! He was part of the Bills' practice squad back in 2015 before moving to the Dolphins for a brief period after which he was released. Of course, this portfolio might not be glorious yet, but you sometimes find diamonds in the rough.
His scouting profile, that you can find easily on NFL.com, reveals that Reed has a huge 6'5'', 269lbs frame. The report is lukewarm at best, with these strength and weaknesses identified.
Will crash down the line of scrimmage to attack running plays when left unblocked on the open side. Can be disruptive with inside pass-rush moves. Plays with decent initial leverage for a long-levered defensive end. Shows secondary motor to pursue downfield.
Stiff, unenthusiastic player. Has some athletic traits, but they don't show up consistently enough on the field. Passive off the snap and lacks physicality. Block magnet who has a hard time disengaging. Lacks the ability to turn the corner as a pass rusher and doesn't seem to have a pet move to beat tackles.
Needless to say, Reed has a lot of work ahead of him to become a regular in the big show. However, a glimmer of hope exists and he will be fun to watch!
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