Even before Philadelphia announced their plans to move on from Malcolm Jenkins, safety was still considered a position the Eagles needed to improve on this offseason.
Between Jenkins being up there in age along with the uncertainty surrounding Rodney McLeod before he agreed to a new deal to return, Philadelphia seemed like they were going to draft a safety anyway in the upcoming draft.
Switching Jalen Mills to safety for 2020 certainly seems like it will benefit the Eagles’ defense in a big way moving forward, but also the team could still use some extra help just in case the original plan doesn’t work out the way Philadelphia hopes it will.
If the Eagles look for help in one of the later rounds, J.R. Reed is a player who will most likely be available at No. 145, and could provide the depth Philadelphia is looking for at the position.
Reed has the aggressive style of play the Eagles love, and even though he is nowhere near the same level as Jenkins since the veteran’s leadership is one of a kind, this could still be a positive step in the right direction.
From his impressive skills as a tackler to being able to spread across the football field, Reed should be able to bring a lot to the table right away as a rookie, and could even potentially become another mid-round steal for Philadelphia.