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Executives, coaches, and gamers diss DJ Reader

Executives, coaches, and gamers diss DJ Reader


Don’t poke the bear.

It’s a fairly simple expression, however some folks nonetheless don’t get it. And that will simply be an excellent factor.

It doesn’t matter how good the Cincinnati Bengals turn into, what number of division titles they win, how far they go within the playoffs, or whether or not they finally win their first Tremendous Bowl. Somebody will nonetheless disrespect them. Somebody will poke the bear.

The newest instance of that got here not too long ago when executives, coaches, and gamers across the NFL ranked the prime 10 defensive tackles for 2023. Not solely did Reader not make the checklist, he didn’t even obtain an honorable point out.

That opinion is in no way shared all through the NFL.

Based on Professional Soccer Focus, Reader is the 9th greatest inside defensive linemen within the NFL. He earned an 87.3 general grade in 2022, which included a 73.1 mark in opposition to the run and an 84.3 rating as a cross rusher after registering 32 pressures on 310 pass-rushing snaps.

Professional Soccer Community has Reader listed because the league’s 11th-best defensive sort out and had this to say in regards to the Bengal mainstay:

“Truthfully, eleventh feels disrespectful to D.J. Reader, contemplating the caliber of participant he’s. And whereas there isn’t any denying he could make an affect as a rusher, significantly in collapsing the pocket, he doesn’t convey that very same pop that somebody like Vita Vea does at practically 350 kilos.

“However he’s forward of Vea for 2 causes. First, he’s one in every of, if not the easiest, run-defending defensive tackles within the NFL. The psychological facet of the place is commonly disregarded when discussing it. It’s not simply “massive man not transfer” when defending the run. The psychological set off essential to course of blocking schemes as you’re crashing into opposing 300-pound blockers is an absurd activity. However Reader does it, which constantly places him in the appropriate place on the proper time. His athleticism and energy additionally assist in his run-stuffing capacity.”

Late final season, Sports activities Temporary listed Reader because the No. 12 defensive sort out within the NFL, whereas Landing Wire discovered him worthy of honorable point out.

None of that issues to Reader. He actually doesn’t care about what anybody else thinks. He simply goes on the market and does his job, and does it higher than most anybody else within the league.

“I’m achieved harping on (respect), I don’t care in the event that they respect us or not,” Reader stated earlier this 12 months. “We obtained a bunch of fellows that care and play soccer onerous. (Overlook about) them. I don’t care. I’m achieved caring about it. Wherever they obtained the road, nonetheless they really feel week-to-week, we’re simply going to play soccer. It’s not even price addressing anymore.”

OK. So that you poked the bear. And you realize what they are saying about that: Generally you get the bear, generally the bear will get you.



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