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A coveted unrestricted free agent acquisition, Reader enters his first season in Cincinnati after spending his first four years (2016-19) with Houston ... At a massive 347 pounds, is considered a stout presence on the interior of the defensive line who excels particularly in run defense ... Enters 2020 with 61 career games played (52 starts), 154 tackles and 6.5 sacks ... Helped Texans rank No. 3 in the NFL in run defense in 2018 ... Originally a fifth-round pick of the Texans in 2016 ... Considered an impressive athlete for his size, and was a first baseman and pitcher for Clemson's nationally ranked baseball team in 2013.
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.