Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that the hope is for Reid to play in Sunday's game against the Giants, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. The Reid signing came during the Panthers' bye week, so the defensive back had an entire week to prepare. While there appears to be a chance Reid starts in his first game as a Panther, he likely won't see a full workload according to David Newton of ESPN.com.
Reid picked eight tackles (six solo) in the 49ers' 25-23 victory over the Titans on Sunday. Reid's tackle total was his most since Week 8. He was also one of four 49ers defenders to see all 64 snaps. The 26-year-old strong safety figures to be in line for another heavy workload in Week 16 against the Jaguars.
Reid racked up eight tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Giants. Reid got the start at strong safety in place of Jaquiski Tartt (forearm) as expected. The veteran was on the field for all 66 of the team's defensive snaps and finished only behind Reuben Foster in terms of tackle totals. Now that Reid is back at his natural position of strong safety, he should resume being a solid source of tackles in IDP formats when the 49ers return from their bye week.
Reid is a candidate to fill Jimmie Ward's vacancy in the secondary after he served as a linebacker over the 49ers' previous two contests, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Reid had made the switch from safety to linebacker after Jaquiski Tartt ran away with the starting strong safety job. With Ward (forearm) being placed on IR this week, the 49ers are considering moving Reid back to his former role of safety going forward. The 25-year-old was being used in a limited fashion in a crowded linebacker corps, so a conversion back to safety makes the most sense for both parties. If the move is made, Reid would regain his status as a solid IDP contributor in the tackle department as a starter.
Reid has accepted his new role as an outside linebacker, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports. The writing was on the wall after Reid was deployed as the weak-side linebacker on passing downs last Sunday against the Cowboys, but the former safety's verbal confirmation makes the move official. The 0-7 49ers understandably want to get an extended look at Jaquiski Tartt at strong safety, but defensive coordinator Robert Saleh believes Reid's versatility will shine through as a linebacker. Moving athletic safeties down in the formation is a growing trend in the NFL, and we've seen fellow NFC West players Deone Bucannon and Mark Barron make the transition and develop into IDP forces. The question surrounding Reid's situation is whether or not he will serve in an every-down role with Reuben Foster (ankle/ribs), Ray-Ray Armstrong and Eli Harold in the mix. If the veteran is able to carve out significant snaps following the change, then he could actually see a boost in IDP value down the stretch.
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