Nick Reed Attracting Attention......
DE Nick Reed making an impression
By Sean Jensen on August 26, 2011 8:48 AM| 6 Comments| No TrackBacks
Nick Reed isn't a former first-round pick, and he isn't one of the undrafted players.
Reed, a seventh-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2009, is hoping to play in his second NFL season with the Bears.
After posting a sack and defending two passes as a rookie, Reed was cut by the Seahawks in September 2010. Although he had a few options, Reed picked the Bears in January.
He knew new defensive line coach Mike Phair, he heard great things about defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and he watched the Bears defense shine last season. "It was kind of an easy decision," he said.
Reed definitely stood out during training camp, giving all of the offensive tackles fits. "I do my best every day and hope I make an impression," said Reed, who set the Oregon record with 29.5 sacks.
But, in two preseason games, Reed has just one tackle. And he was the first player to step after the starting defenders left the game against the New York Giants. "They keep you guessing," Reed said. "But you got to be prepared."
Reed said he did all four phases of special teams with the Seahawks in 2009, and he's trying to work his way onto all four with the Bears. As for competing for snaps, Reed said he doesn't worry too much.
"That's energy wasted worrying about the depth chart," he said. "All you can do is bring your best effort and attitude. Nothing else you can do."