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.
San Francisco's project of moving Reid to linebacker lasted just under two weeks after he was forced back to the secondary following Jimmie Ward's placement on IR. The team lost another starting safety for the year in Jaquiski Tartt (wrist) on Sunday, so the veteran appears set to finish out the year at his natural position. Reid's first interception of the season saved what would have been a vanilla IDP performance, but fantasy owners can expect slightly increased tackle totals now that his role and playing time are etched in stone moving forward.
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 played 33 of 70 defensive snaps Sunday, finishing with three tackles (all solo) in a 33-10 loss to the Eagles.
The converted safety split snaps almost evenly with Ray-Ray Armstrong (36 snaps) at outside linebacker, rendering both players useless in IDP formats. We will have to see how long the 49ers continue the Reid linebacker project after losing starting free safety Jimmie Ward to a broken arm Sunday. San Francisco utilized a safety combo of Reid and Jaquiski Tartt in Ward's absence this preseason, so there is a chance that they could revert back to that configuration if Ward misses an extended period as expected.
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 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 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 a significant role following the change, then he could actually see a boost in IDP value down the stretch.
|Bye: Week 11|
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|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|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||7||33||24.0||9||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||2|
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|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|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||7||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|