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D.J. Reader DE

Cincinnati Bengals

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March 17, 2020 06:48 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Signing with Bengals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader is slated to sign a four-year, $53 million deal with the Bengals, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

That will make Reader -- who recorded 52 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Texans in 2019 -- the highest-paid nose tackle in the NFL, while Field Yates of ESPN notes that by adding him to the mix alongside Geno Atkins, the Bengals will now boast one of the best defensive tackle duos in the league.

January 25, 2020 01:24 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Enters free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader finished the 2019 season with career highs in tackles (52) and sacks (2.5) over 15 games.

Reader has been a durable staple at defensive tackle for the Texans, missing just three games over the last four years. Houston must decide if it's worth keeping 25-year-old run stuffer, who enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. The Texans ranked 25th in rushing defense, an aspect of defense where a nose tackle like Reader earns his salary. While running backs had a resurgence in the NFL in 2019, defending the pass remains the primary concern for all teams. Houston's pass defense ranked 29th, and the unit was exposed in the playoff loss to the Chiefs. The Texans will need to decide how to allocate their expenditures on defense, and if it's worth paying north of $10 million for a run-stuffing nose tackle.

December 22, 2019 04:52 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Just three tackles in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader made three tackles (two solo) in Saturday's 23-20 win over the Buccaneers.

That's two-straight three-tackle games for the 25-year-old. He's now up to 52 on the year (28 solo) with just 2.5 sacks.

December 16, 2019 11:40 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Four tackles Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader recorded four tackles (one solo) across 47 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Reader recorded a quarterback hit in the contest and played in 70 percent of the defensive snaps. The nose tackle will now shift his focus to Saturday's showdown with the Buccaneers.

October 16, 2019 12:44 AM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Modest showing Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader made three tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Chiefs.

The 25-year-old continues to plug up the middle of Houston's defensive line, moving his season tackle total to 22. Reader played 39 of 58 defensive snaps in the contest and will draw a solid matchup against the Colts in Week 7.

October 7, 2019 11:36 AM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Records sack in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader recorded four tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and one quarterback hit in Sunday's 53-32 win over Atlanta in Week 5.

Reader's been a mainstay in the middle of Houston's defensive line since he was drafted in 2016, but he doesn't typically record many sacks. His 2.5 sacks through five games in 2019 is a new career best for the fourth-year nose tackle.

September 24, 2019 06:28 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Gets first sack of 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader notched three tackles (one solo) and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers.

Used primarily as a run stopper, Reader's value in IDP formats will ebb and flow as the season moves along, but his performance in Week 3 was fruitful and certainly showed what the young lineman is capable of. Reader was a force for much of Sunday's game and packs solid upside for a defensive tackle.

August 20, 2019 12:00 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Back at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader. who missed time during training camp with a groin injury, returned to practice Monday, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Reader, the Texans' starter at nose tackle, is expected to make his preseason debut Saturday against the Cowboys.

September 10, 2018 07:40 AM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Two sacks in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader had three tackles, two sacks and three quarterback hits in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Patriots in Week 1.

A nose tackle by trade, Reader made both of his sacks after bouncing outside to end when Christian Covington left the game with a thigh injury. He equaled the number of sacks posted over his first two years in the league.

August 4, 2018 06:32 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Impressive during training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader is turning heads at training camp, Houston Sports Radio 610 reports.

Reader seems to be fully past the sprained knee that prevented him from playing in the final two games of last season. Entering his third year in the league, Reader is locked into the starting nose tackle role and poised to improve upon the impressive start to his career in 2018. In 30 games over the past two seasons, the Clemson product has started 21 games and racked up 69 tackles and two sacks.

January 2, 2018 09:56 AM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Anticipates quick return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader feels he should return "pretty soon" from a sprained knee, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Reader avoided a major knee injury late in the season, but was forced to injured reserve for the final two games of the regular season. As the replacement for five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork, Reader started 14 games and recorded 47 tackles with one sack. He should be ready by the time May's offseason program begins.

December 20, 2017 03:04 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Dealing with sprained knee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Texans placed Reader on injured reserve Tuesday due to a sprained knee, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It wasn't originally known why Reader was shut down for the Texans' final two contests, but Wilson's report provides clarity on the situation. Reader won't require surgery to address the injury and should be a full participant in the Texans' offseason program.

December 20, 2017 09:48 AM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Placed on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader landed on injured reserve Tuesday due to an undisclosed issue, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Reader presumably picked up an injury in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars that will sideline him for the final two games of the campaign. The Texans' starting nose tackle finishes the season with 47 tackles and one sack in 14 contests.

October 7, 2017 08:52 AM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Anchoring the middle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader has 14 tackles and one quarterback hit through four games.

Reader, a fifth-round draft pick out of Clemson in 2016, is getting his chance to start at nose tackle after Vince Wilfork retired this past offseason. The second-year tackle has helped the Texans retain a strong defense, which ranks ninth with 3.7 yards allowed per carry.

July 16, 2017 11:28 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Primed for starting role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Texans have "no concerns" that Reader will be able to replace Vince Wilfork at nose tackle, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans' 2016 fifth-round pick -- who was viewed as more of a rotational lineman coming out of Clemson -- started seven games in his rookie season and proved sufficiently capable of occupying double teams and clogging up the trenches at the professional level. While he finished the year with only 22 tackles and one sack across 16 appearances, Reader seems to be a lock to improve upon his 40-percent snap count from a season ago. Consequently, he should have more of an opportunity to rack up the counting stats in his sophomore campaign.

December 2, 2016 06:22 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Absent from injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader (shoulder) did not appear on the Texans' injury report in advance of Sunday's game against the Packers.

Reader injured his shoulder last week against the Chargers. While he was limited in practice this week, his restrictions were likely a precautionary measure to ensure his availability for Week 13.

November 27, 2016 09:42 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Shrugs off shoulder injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader (shoulder) didn't appear concerned about his shoulder injury following Sunday's game, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Reader exited with a shoulder injury but later returned to the game. His participation in practice this week will hopefully shed light on his availability for Week 13.

November 27, 2016 04:54 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Injures shoulder Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader suffered a shoulder injury during Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Reader's injury doesn't appear to be serious at this point, while his absence doesn't have too much of an impact on the Texans' defense since he usually serves as Vince Wilfork's backup. The injury may affect Reader's participation in practice leading up to the team's Week 13 matchup versus the Packers.

November 14, 2016 08:28 AM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Starts for injured Wilfork
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader had two tackles, including a sack, in Sunday's 24-21 win over Jacksonville.

Reader got the start Sunday as Vince Wilfork (groin) was inactive. He's played in all nine games this season and has 11 tackles.

August 29, 2016 10:10 PM
Texans' D.J. Reader: Cleared to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader (concussion) has been cleared to return to action under the league's concussion protocol, The Houston Chronicle reports.

Reader dealt with what appeared to be concussion-like symptoms during the Texans' third preseason game against Arizona. The Clemson product seemed to have his wits about him and noted that he felt good amid the team's concern. With the injury looking like it's now in the past, Houston's fifth round pick is ready to serve alongside the likes of J.J. Watt and Vince Wilfork on one of the league's best defensive lines.

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