But Reid has never quite believed that such a role was tailored to his particular skillset.That's why the LSU alum couldn't be more excited to become a full-time strong safety in new coordinator Robert Saleh's defense."Even dating back to college, this is the first time where it’s a distinct strong and a distinct free [safety]," Reid said.
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In fact, his tag team partner at free safety, Jimmie Ward, is making the conversion from cornerback.
In Saleh's scheme, both safety spots are critically important in making the defense work.
The scheme leans heavily on Cover 3 zone coverage, which will regularly isolate Ward as the lone safety on the back end, making him responsible for covering the deep middle of the field.
Reid, in contrast, will now spend the vast majority of his time near the line of scrimmage, acting as a sort of de facto additional linebacker.By far, the biggest challenge the respondents encountered was meeting quality men. How do you find a guy who’s compatible, age-appropriate, and interested in a long-term committed relationship? Reid has played in multiple defensive schemes since joining the league as a 2013 first-round pick, but all of them have featured interchangeable safeties, often leaving Reid to play something more akin to the free safety spot.In other words, Reid usually found himself as the last line of defense, covering the deep middle of the field and hoping that the ball might come his way so he could make a play.Reid will play this season on the fifth-year option that the Niners exercised in 2016.