D.J. Reed finding a home and a major role with the Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - D.J. Reed might not have seen the field at all this season if John Schneider, general manager of Seattle Seahawks, hadn't taken the chances that summer.
By taking this waiver flyer and giving Reed time to fully recover from an injury, he has become an invaluable addition to cornerbacks for the Seahawks in the second half of the season.
I'll have a chip on my shoulder forever, Reed said. ''For real. It is difficult.''
Reed will likely begin his fourth straight game on Sunday, when the Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams and have a chance to end Seattle's first NFC West title since 2016 in a win.
Reed has been a revelation to the Seahawks and their improved defenses over the past few weeks. Injuries in secondary school have forced Reed's role to expand from extra defensive temporary situations and slot play to an outside start in recent weeks after Quinton Dunbar and Tre Flower landed in the injured reserve.
Reed has passed every test so far. Reed had his second interception of the season, recovering a fumble and defending three passes against Washington last week.
"It is thanks to John and the Scouting Department that they found the man who would fit in and do something and they had a great vision to see how he would fit in," said Pete Carroll, coach Seattle. "I'm really excited about the way he's playing."
Seattle is the beneficiary of a game of chance that seemed to backfire on the San Francisco 49ers. Reed suffered a ruptured pectoral muscle in the off-season and the 49ers decided to forego Reed with an injury designation in August with the idea that he would end up on their list of injured reserves.
Schneider and the Seahawks had other ideas. Seattle claimed Reed and put him on the list of non-soccer injuries. He would miss the first half of the season, but Seattle felt it was a worthwhile risk as the previous Kansas selection healed in the fifth round before seeing what he could add to their defensive backcourt.
`` I'll tell myself sometimes, man, I shouldn't be playing this year. If no one had picked me up - it was the bills, Texans, and Seahawks - if they hadn't shown interest, I'd be home now and no one would know what I'm capable of. "" Reed said. "But the way God works is crazy because I knew I could."
Using reed to play outside is a little atypical for the Seahawks. They usually wanted bigger cornerbacks with longer arms playing outside and shorter, faster cornerbacks playing in the slot.
Reed is only 5-foot-9, but so far that hasn't been an issue. And he's very familiar with the opponent starting and playing every snap this week when the Seahawks played the Rams in week 10.
"He's got really good instincts and tenacity and smart and everything else," said Carroll. "It just adds up to the fact that he's over everyone he's playing."
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