Every preseason game so far I've tried concentrating on the defensive line for the 49ers but everytime Eric Reid comes into the television screen my eyes immediately gravitate towards him. He looks like a stud on the field and he plays like one. Against the Chiefs he looked ready to smash through the Chief's receiver Baldwin on the dropped pass. I had flashbacks of Dashon Goldson right there. Even last game against the Broncos he was laying the wood. I'll admit Goldson, after Patrick Willis, was my favorite player to watch because he just ran through people. Goldson was the king of the big hits. From Early Doucet on the Cardinals to Mike Williams of the Buccaneers, Goldson was always in the perfect position to just drop people. I'm glad to see (so far) that Eric Reid has that natural instinct to place himself in prime positions to deliver maximum velocity hits. He's a known big hitter from his day at LSU, but man am I impressed so far.
I haven't seen his coverage as a free safety, but I'm hoping one of the writers here review some All-22 film of Reid and do a post on it. I mean, he is our first round pick yet he gets no love (so far). Everyone wants to talk about Jenkins (who I still believe in), but we need to start focusing on Reid. Maybe everybody has all ready made up their minds about Reid being a good player and feel like there's nothing to discuss, but I want to! The kid looks like the next Eric Berry for Christ sake!
I have a real good feeling about this defense this year. In 2011, our run defense was historically dominant. Last year, our pass defense was almost tops in the league. This year, I can almost feel our defense historically great. I'm talking about a defense in the top 5 defenses ever.
I can't believe how much hope Reid has given me. When we picked him I was skeptical. I liked him, but wasn't crazy about him. Now that I've seen him in action I just want to know more. I want to know what his coverage skills are like because I know what his run defense looks like. So please, can someone find some tape on his backend play and post about it? Thank you!