April 16, 2024

D.J. Reader: I expect to be back to player I was before tearing quad

Defensive sort out D.J. Reader joined a brand new group when he signed with the Lions final month and mentioned this week that it was “super tough” to transfer on from the Bengals after 4 productive years in Cincinnati.

Reader’s last second in a Bengals uniform was not a contented one, nonetheless. Reader tore his proper quad in Week 15 and he famous that his harm historical past — he missed seven video games in 2022 and 11 video games with a torn left quad in 2020 — could have performed a task within the Bengals’ determination to look elsewhere.

The Lions gave him a two-year deal, although, and Reader mentioned on The Jim Rome Show this week that he doesn’t expect the harm to have any long-term affect on how he performs the sport.

“I don’t see any setbacks keeping me from being able to be right back where I was and the player I was,” Reader mentioned. “When I’m out there playing, I’m one of the top three players at my position. So I don’t think that’s gonna change once I get back and this knee’s back. I think it’ll be, like you said, another setup for greatness to go out there and do this thing.”

Reader’s new associate at defensive sort out Alim McNeill is coming off a robust season and the prospect of teaming these two on the inside with Aidan Hutchinson on the sting is one that can create loads of pleasure about what the group can do defensively this 12 months.