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.
Reddick will begin his career working behind starting inside linebackers Karlos Dansby and Deone Bucannon, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Reddick made his mark at Temple as a defensive end/outside linebacker, but his ability to pick up inside linebacker at the Senior Bowl pushed his stock high enough to be selected 13th overall by Arizona in the recently concluded draft. Such adaptability will help him earn snaps right off the bat as a pass rusher in nickel formations, despite sitting behind Dansby and Bucannon on the depth chart. During his final collegiate season, Reddick racked up 65 tackles, including 10.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and an interception across 14 games. With such a varied skill set, he should further bolster a Cardinals defense that ranked first in the NFL last season in the sack department.
Reddick (6-foot-1, 237 pounds) is a highly athletic linebacker who served as the top defender on a tough Temple defense. He's an elite athlete at the position with a 4.52-second 40, 36.5-inch vertical, and 133-inch broad jump, and his disruptive skill set gives him the ability to contribute as an edge defender in addition to his likely main position of inside linebacker. He might get brought along slowly in a talented Arizona defense, but Reddick could earn a starting role right away if the Cardinals don't turn back to the recently reinstated Daryl Washington.
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