New defensive coordinator Robert Saleh wants Reid (biceps) to play closer to the line of scrimmage, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports. "Yeah, Eric is going to be more of a box safety for sure," said Saleh.
A 2013 first-round selection, Reid has started at free safety in each of his 57 career regular-season appearances, averaging a modest 4.4 tackles per game. He was actually poised to make a push for triple digits last season, but a torn biceps ended his campaign after 10 games and 62 tackles. With Reid expected to play closer to the line as San Francisco transitions from a 3-4 scheme to a 4-3, he'll have a good opportunity to top his career-high mark of 77 tackles, which he set as a rookie in 2013. The Niners might consider starting Reid at strong safety and 2015 second-round selection Jaquiski Tartt at free safety, but it's possible the roles could be reversed or that 2014 first-rounder Jimmie Ward will also be in the mix for a starting gig. Ward primarily played nickel cornerback last season.
Reid met with a team doctor Wednesday to discuss the status of his torn biceps and was told if there were a game this week, he'd be able to practice. In fact, his only current limitation is he can't do any weightlifting with the palm of his hand facing down. Considering he sustained this injury in late November, Reid appears to have had a speedy recovery and a full return for the start of offseason workouts in April certainly seems realistic.
Reid was declared out for the season after tearing his biceps in Week 11. He started in each of the
Reid suffered a torn biceps Sunday against the Patriots and will be out for the remainder of the season, Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Reid's injury was thought to have been serious at the time it occurred, and those fears took form Monday after Reid went in for an MRI. Now done for the season, look for Jaquiski Tartt to take over at free safety.
Reid recorded seven tackles (all solo) in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, but he went down with an arm injury that could be season-ending, CSN Bay Area reports.
This is unfortunate news for Reid, as he was on pace to set a new season-high in tackles. Initial reports fear a torn bicep, which would require season-ending surgery. He is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. Jaquiski Tartt would presumably step into Reid's starting role on defense.
|P1||8/11/17||@ KC||9:00 pm|
|P3||8/27/17||@ MIN||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/3/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||77||62.0||15||0||4||54||13.5||53||0||11|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||15||41||34.0||7||0||3||138||46.0||73||0||7|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||16||71||60.0||11||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||7|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||10||62||48.0||14||0||1||13||13.0||13||0||5|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||10||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|