Broncos Wire’s 90-man offseason roster series continues today with a look at third-year safety J.R. Reed, No. 20.
Before the Broncos: Reed (6-1, 194 pounds) spent the past two seasons playing for the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants, totaling 15 tackles. Before he went undrafted in 2020, Reed played football at the University of Georgia, playing under the tutelage of defensive mastermind Kirby Smart. As a Bulldog, Reed recorded 199 total tackles, had five interceptions, and three fumble recoveries, where two went for defensive touchdowns.
Broncus tenure: Reed signed with Denver this spring and he’s set to make his Bronco debut during preseason.
Chances to make the 53-man roster: Reed’s not a favorite to make the team. It is the NFL, though, so anything could happen. But make no mistake: it will be an up-hill battle.
Kareem Jackson and Justin Simmons are set in stone as the starters, and Reed will face competition from players including Caden Sterns, P.J. Locke and Delarrin Turner-Yell for a backup rotational role. Reed’s best chance to stick around in 2022 might be on the practice squad.