The NY Jets have made a major addition to their defense in the form of former Seattle Seahawks cornerback D.J. Reed. After addressing the offense on Day 1 of free agency, the Jets set their sights on the defense on Tuesday.
And in doing so, they landed a player who was one of the best cornerbacks remaining on the market and my personal favorite target remaining for the Jets.
At just 25-years-old, Reed is a perfect fit for the Jets. He was drafted by Robert Saleh's 49ers and played in a very similar scheme when he joined the Seattle Seahawks as well.
He's young, a perfect scheme fit, has experience with the Jets' coaching staff, and was one of the most unheralded free agents available this offseason. A home-run signing for Gang Green.
The NY Jets made an incredible move signing D.J. Reed
A fifth-round pick of the Francisco 49ers in the 2018 NFL Draft, Reed never panned out in San Francisco and he was claimed off waivers by the Seahawks prior to the start of the 2020 season.
Reed found a home with the Seahawks emerging as one of the brightest young cornerbacks in the NFL. The Kansas State product started eight games in 2020 finishing with a Pro Football Focus grade of 75.2 that ranked 14th in the NFL.
Originally just an injury replacement for Quinton Dunbar, Reed played so well that he retained the starting job upon Dunbar's return. And he proved in 2021 that his 2020 season wasn't a fluke.
Reed put together an even better season finishing with a PFF grade of 78.6 that ranked eighth among all cornerbacks in football. Among cornerbacks to play at least 80 percent of their team's coverage snaps, Reed ranked third in both passer rating allowed and catches allowed.
At just 25-years-old, Reed is someone who can not only grow with the Jets' defense, but also provides the team with a proven starter. He's undersized at only 5-foot-9, but that's never proved to be much of a hindrance.
Reed is physical both in coverage and run defense and has consistently graded out as one of the best run-defending cornerbacks in the NFL — something that was an issue for the Jets last season.
This is my favorite signing of the offseason so far, and that's saying a lot. D.J. Reed is a superb pickup for the Jets.