|5||Packers||L 22 - 25||5||2||3||0||0||0|
|4||Jaguars||W 24 - 21||5||0||5||0||0||0|
|3||@Steelers||W 24 - 10||2||1||1||0||0||0|
|2||@Bears||L 17 - 20||3||1||2||1||0||0|
|1||Vikings||W 27 - 24||3||0||3||0||0||0|
A coveted unrestricted free agent acquisition in 2020, Reader returns healthy in '21 after a left quad injury limited him to just five games last season ... Started first five games in 2020 before, and totaled 19 tackles and two PDs; injury came in Game 5 at Baltimore ... Spent his first four NFL seasons (2016-19) with Houston, after joining the team as a fifth-round pick in '16 ... Enters 2021 with 66 career games played (57 starts), 173 tackles and 6.5 sacks ... At a massive 347 pounds, is considered a stout presence on the interior of the defensive line who excels particularly in run defense ... An impressive athlete for his size, he was a first baseman and pitcher for Clemson's nationally ranked baseball team in 2013.
D.J. Reader: "You Got To Really Fight" | GEICO Locker Room
Bengals defensive lineman D.J. Reader spoke about the aggressive play of the defense in the latest GEICO Locker Room.
D.J. Reader News Conference | October 4, 2021
Defensive tackle D.J. Reader spoke with media members about the team's resurgence on defense.
How D.J. Reader Overcame A Significant Injury | Behind the Stripes
An in-depth look at how defensive tackle D.J. Reader overcame a significant quad injury to return in 2021 and raise his level of play.
Bengals' top plays vs. Bears Week 2
Watch the Cincinnati Bengals' best plays against the Chicago Bears from Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season.
D.J. Reader blasts through middle to sack Andy Dalton
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle D.J. Reader records a sack against the Chicago Bears.
Bengals stop Justin Fields sneak on fourth-and-one
The Cincinnati Bengals give the ball back to their offense after stopping a quarterback sneak by Justin Fields of the Chicago Bears on fourth-and-one.
Who Dey Conversations | Breaking Down The Defensive Line
Presented by KIA, Dan Hoard, Dave Lapham and Geoff Hobson broke down the Bengals defensive line and why that position group was the best in Week 1.
D.J. Reader News Conference | August 8, 2021
Bengals defensive tackle D.J. Reader discussed the run defense and how the veterans are helping the rookies out in training camp.
D.J. Reader News Conference | July 28, 2021
Bengals defensive tackle D.J. Reader spoke with the media ahead of training camp.
Bengals DT D.J. Reader showcases his pitching prowess
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle D.J. Reader showcases his pitching prowess.
New Stripes | Details of the Bengals New Uniforms
The New Stripes collection includes white, black and orange jerseys with three styles of pants. The stripe pattern on the shoulders of the jerseys was simplified to create a bold design in addition to the removal of the color blocks. A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the new Bengals jerseys.
Run It Reveal | #NewStripes
New Stripes are here! A sweet look at the Bengals new uniforms. Featuring Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Jessie Bates III, Sam Hubbard, D.J. Reader and a special guest appearance by Bengals legend Chad Johnson. Who Dey!
What Is D.J. Reader's Favorite Holiday Song? | Know Your Pro
Bengals defensive tackle D.J. Reader answers questions from St. Xavier High School in the latest "Know Your Pro," presented by Gold Star Chili.
GEICO Locker Room: "Still Got That Fight" | Week 3 Postgame at Philadelphia
Postgame comments from D.J. Reader and coach Zac Taylor after the Week 3 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles. Presented by GEICO.
GEICO Locker Room: D.J. Reader Becoming A Better Leader
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle D.J. Reader is willing to do whatever it takes to help become a better leader.
D.J. Reader explains why Cincinnati was the right choice in free agency
Cincinnati Bengals DT D.J. Reader explains why Cincinnati was the right choice for him in free agency and shares his early impression of QB Joe Burrow.
Bengals Booth Podcast: Get Ready
It's the "Get Ready" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast with FOX Sports analyst Daryl Johnston previewing the game against the Detroit Lions. Also, an interview with defensive tackle D.J. Reader, analysis and #AskLap questions with Dave Lapham and "Know Your Foe" with "Locked On Lions" host Matt Dery.
Bengals Notebook: Defense Putting Up Top Ten Numbers For First Time Since '17; Deep Thoughts; Jonah Finally Meets Steelers As O-Line Seeks Bounce Back Game
While the Bengals offense regrouped, their defense went into Sunday's first division game of the season in Pittsburgh (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) better suited for an AFC North slugfest than at any time in head coach Zac Taylor's tenure.
Five Potential First Time Pro Bowlers On Defense
There is a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball. In the third year of defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo's scheme, there are a few players in line for a breakout season and potentially a Pro Bowl selection.
Players Salute New Stripes: 'A New Glow For The New Us'
The Bengals introduced their new uniforms that saluted their 20th century roots Monday morning during a blaze of 21st century media featuring players modeling seven of a possible nine ensembles in a slick video rather than on an improvised runway. Take a good look at the seven models and that's also a new brand of leadership easing into their big shoes.
From Greensboro To The A Gap: D.J. Reader, Larry Ogunjobi Team Up In Bengals Middle
The Baseball Player from Grimsley High School and The Extra Large Kid from Ragsdale High back in the day in Greensboro, N.C., finally find themselves together in the revamped middle of a reconstituted Bengals defense.
The Baseball Player, the incumbent nose tackle D.J. Reader, has been sending texts to The Extra Large Kid since about the time Larry Ogunjobi followed Reader into the NFL Draft a year later. But this text, sent last week in the early hours of NFL free agency, was different.
Upbeat Reader Ready To Start Season As Bengals Defensive Front Eyes Elusive Health
Emboldened by his encouraging rehab, the addition of his college defensive line coach and the potential return of something near NFL normalcy for a team that had so many close calls, Bengals nose tackle D.J. Reader has the same snap-crackle-and-pop optimism he brought with him last season in free agency.
Bengals Sign DT Xavier Williams, Place D.J. Reader On Reserve/Injured
The Bengals today signed free agent DT Xavier Williams, and placed DT D.J. Reader on the Reserve/Injured list.
D.J. Reader Sheds Weight In Hunger To Be His Best
D.J. Reader has beached the Cap'n Crunch this offseason, among other carbs, as the Bengals' new, lighter anchor looks to expand on a role that made him one of the NFL's top young defensive linemen for the Texans last year. Reader says he has shed about 20 pounds and is now about 320. He still remains hungry despite becoming the NFL's highest-paid nose tackle.