Selected 13th overall in last year's draft, Reddick split time between inside and outside linebacker as a rookie in Arizona's 3-4 scheme, notching 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles across 445 defensive snaps (27.8 per game). He said in early April that he expected to play inside linebacker as the Cardinals transition to a 4-3 base defense, but it now seems Josh Bynes is ticketed for that role. While Reddick's versatility should come in handy for the Arizona defense, it won't necessarily lend itself to a three-down role or a plethora of pass-rushing opportunities. Chandler Jones and Markus Golden (knee) figure to serve as the primary edge rushers, assuming the latter recovers from a torn ACL in time for Week 1. Reddick should have a clear spot in the base defense, but he may need to compete with Golden or Bynes to earn snaps when the Cardinals deploy nickel formations.
During his rookie campaign, the 2017 first-round pick came out of the gate strong, with 15 combined tackles in the first two games. Thereafter, he compiled just 21 more to go with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, failing to take advantage of Markus Golden's torn ACL. Due to the switch in defensive alignments, Golden and last year's sack king Chandler Jones are expected to log more snaps at defensive end. The reality may benefit Reddick, who told Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com on Wednesday that his offseason film study has focused on Panthers linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. Working under D-coordinator Wilks last year, the pair accounted for 201 stops as cornerstones of that defense.
Reddick had one solo tackle, one sack and one forced fumble Thursday against the Seahawks.
The rookie first-round pick has high upside when he plays the snap count of a starter, but ever since Karlos Dansby and Deone Bucannon recovered from their injuries, he's been relegated to a reserve role. Reddick's high potential could be a good fit for keeper leagues, though, since Dansby just turned 36 years old this November and his contract expires after the season, so the Cardinals will need a full-time replacement soon.
The Cardinals selected Reddick 13th overall in the draft in April for his versatility, which has been on full display during the first four games of his career. He filled in ably at dollar linebacker for Deone Bucannon the first three games of the season before reverting to a reserve role upon the latter's return this past Sunday. With Golden on IR, Reddick will operate as an outside linebacker, a position from which he racked up 9.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss during his senior season at Temple. It's unclear if Reddick will slot into the starting lineup again, but working opposite Chandler Jones should provide Reddick with opportunities to knock down opposing quarterbacks.
|5||10/7/18||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/11/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|