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Cincinnati Bengals

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October 12, 2020 02:28 PM
Bengals' D.J. Reader: Heads to IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader (quadriceps) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

The Bengals fears that Reader suffered a season-ending injury during Sunday's loss to the Ravens. While that hasn't been confirmed, his placement on IR means he won't be eligible to return until Week 10 against the Steelers, at the earliest. However, it's likely he's shut down for the season, which would push Christian Covington into a starting role alongside Geno Atkins.

October 12, 2020 02:20 PM
Bengals' D.J. Reader: Expected to miss season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bengals believe that Reader (knee) suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury during Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Ravens, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Reader will undergo additional medical evaluation in the coming days, but for now the Bengals are preparing for the eventuality of losing the starting defensive tackle for the year. Christian Covington, who had handled a rotational defensive role through the first four games of the season, stands to see additional snaps going forward.

October 12, 2020 10:04 AM
Bengals' D.J. Reader: Done for day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader (knee) was carted off the field during Sunday's game against the Ravens and has been ruled out for the remainder of the contest, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

The injury thins out Cincinnati's front against Baltimore's potent rushing attack, thrusting 26-year-old Christian Covington into an important role along the interior defensive line. The newly acquired Reader collected just one tackle prior to his exit Sunday, but he had recorded 18 tackles, one tackle for loss and one QB hit Weeks 1 through 4.

October 9, 2020 01:40 AM
Bengals' D.J. Reader: Bengals still struggle against run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bengals, which overhauled their defense to better defend against the run with Reader as a key offseason signing, are 27th in rush yards allowed and last in the NFL in yards after contact, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

This is not to say that this lies at the feet of Reader - in fact, the team is pleased with his performance so far. But, Cincinnati has been strikingly poor in finishing tackles as a defensive unit, although they haven't been at full strength so far. The biggest absences have been Geno Atkins and Trae Waynes, who haven't played at all. Additionally, Mackensie Alexander and Logan Wilson missed the Week 4 game.

September 14, 2020 04:08 PM
Bengals' D.J. Reader: Healthy moving forward
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader (muscle cramps) wasn't listed on Monday's injury report, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

It was quite concerning when Reader was carted off the field during Sunday's loss to the Chargers, but it was indeed just muscle cramps, as he was a full participant in Monday's practice. He'll be counted on heavily in Thursday's matchup against the Browns, especially if Geno Atkins (shoulder) is unable to go.

September 14, 2020 10:48 AM
Bengals' D.J. Reader: Escapes serious injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader (muscle cramps) is probable to return to Sunday's tilt against the Chargers, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Reader was carted off the field due to what initially looked to be a significant injury, so it's encouraging to see him listed as probable. As long as Reader remains off the field, however, the Bengals defense will face increased difficulty stopping the run.

August 12, 2020 03:48 PM
Bengals' D.J. Reader: Loses weight during offseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reader said Wednesday that he's lost about 30 pounds since the end of last season, dropping his weight to around 317, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Reader often played nose tackle in Houston the past four seasons and showed some pass-rushing talent with 13 quarterback hits and 2.5 sacks in 2019. After defecting to Cincinnati on a four-year, $53 million contract, Reader probably envisions himself getting more opportunities to chase quarterbacks as a 3-technique tackle in a 4-3 defense. The change might mean sacrificing something against the run, but it's not like he'll be undersized at 317 pounds.

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 ESPN.com 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.

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Game Log
DateOpponentResultTKLASTTOTSCKINTPDEFFFSTY
Sun 09/13vs LACL 13-1614500000
Thu 09/17@ CLEL 30-3533600000
Sun 09/27@ PHIT 23-2311200100
Sun 10/04vs JACW 33-2523500000
Sun 10/11@ BALL 3-2710100100
Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2020CIN5519811000002
2019HOU15155228242.500000
2018HOU1616332310200000
2017HOU1414472324100000
2016HOU16722715100001
Total6657173 89.084 6.500-03
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/347
Birthdate:
07/01/1994
Age:
26
Hometown:
Greensboro, NC
School:
Clemson
NFL Experience:
6
Awards: