Reader_D.J.

D.J. Reader

DT

#98

Experience: 6 years

Height: 6-3

Age: 27

Weight: 347 lbs

College: Clemson

2021 SEASON

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Defense

YEAR TEAM G Total Solo AST SCK SFTY PDEF INT TDS YDS AVG LNG
2016 Houston Texans 16 21 6 15 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2017 Houston Texans 14 45 21 24 1 0
2018 Houston Texans 16 26 16 10 2 0
2019 Houston Texans 15 47 23 24 2.5 0
2020 Cincinnati Bengals 5 19 8 11 0 2
2021 Cincinnati Bengals 11 30 11 19 1 0
TOTAL 77 188 85 103 7.5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0

Biography

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.

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