Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed was involved in a domestic violence case in 2017. That indecent reached a conclusion today. The league suspended the fourth-year defensive tackle for the first six games of the season.
This is brutal news for Seattle. Reed was a contributor his first two seasons, but last season he enjoyed his breakout. Along that defensive line, he wreaked havoc, racking up 10.5 sacks and 24 quarterback hits.
Reed released the following statement via Twitter. He apologized for putting himself in the situation where the NFL could punish him, but he also disagreed with the punishment.
🙏🏾 I love you 12s pic.twitter.com/QH9YRPRqK0
— jarran reed (@1j_reed) July 22, 2019
With Reed out for six games, where will Seattle turn?
Where to Go After Jarran Reed
Seattle doesn’t have an option the caliber of Reed after him. The likely place they’ll go is veteran Al Woods, who they signed in May as a free agent. With that being said, it could be a very open competition to get those snaps.
Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. is going to have his hands full trying to replace the guy who was one of the breakout players in the league last season.
Whoever does get those snaps, Norton Jr. better hope they can do a good job.
Seattle is coming off of a good season. If they are going to make it back to the postseason, the Seattle defense will need to play at a high-level.
This is a big deal. It’s hard to imagine Seattle being able to replace Reed with anyone who can be nearly as productive as Reed.
With that being said, Seattle has done a good job at plugging and playing guys on the defensive side of the ball, so it wouldn’t be surprising if they’re able to fill in that production for six weeks.
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