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Wednesday Round-Up: D.J. Reed Talks Aspirations, Versatility and Rivalries Ahead Of Second Season With Seahawks

Seahawks cornerback D.J. Reed joined The Athletic’s “Man 2 Man” podcast for an exclusive interview.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Wednesday, April 7 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

D.J. Reed Joins The Athletic's "Seahawks Man 2 Man" Podcast

Cornerback D.J. Reed was one of the brightest stories of the Seahawks' 2020 season. After tearing his pectoral and being waived by the 49ers over the summer, he quickly landed in Seattle. From there, Reed was a man on a mission. He recovered from the torn pec faster than expected and made his Seahawks debut in a Nov. 1 win over his former squad.

In 10 games with the Seahawks last season, Reed totaled 59 tackles, seven passes defensed and two interceptions. He started nine of the Seahawks' final 10 games, including the NFC Wild Card against the Rams.

Last week, Reed joined The Athletic's Michael-Shawn Dugar and Christopher Kidd on their podcast, "Seahawks Man 2 Man." In the episode, Reed discussed how he recovered so quickly from the torn pec, why he thought the Seahawks were a Super Bowl-caliber team last season and more.

You can listen to the episode here and read some of the highlights below.

On how he became such a versatile player:

"Coming out of college I played cornerback on the right side. When I was at Kansas State I was an All-American, so I know how to cover receivers whether they're 6-foot-4 or 5-foot-11, I can get the job done regardless. I've been around great coaches, so I know how to play corner. I was with coach (Tom) Hayes at Kansas State, he coached over 30 years, so he taught me a lot. Even going back to Juco, coach (CJ) Arnold, he gave me some tools to work with. I came into the league (with two positions), I played safety my rookie year.

"Especially as I get older, I'm learning more and getting more confident and it's making the game easier. I'm already athletically gifted, so I could go out there and play off just instinct. But now, I'm thinking 'What is the OC trying to run here? What is the down and distance?' So I feel like I'm on that level now, which is why I'm playing well."

On the Seahawks' rivalry with the Rams:

"It's just trash talk at the end of the day. There's definitely a rivalry. I felt that, even playing in the first game. We played them three times, obviously they won twice and we won once. But yeah, it's definitely a rivalry and I can't wait for this year.

"There was talking during the (playoff) game, there's always trash talk. They obviously felt some type of way (after the NFC West-clinching Week 16 game), obviously we beat them in (that) game, so they felt some type of way."

On his aspirations as a player:

"I thought we could win (last year). That's my mindset going into the season. That's why I play the game. I want to win multiple Super Bowls. When I'm done playing, I want it to be like 'Yeah, D.J. Reed, he had a legacy. He won multiple Super Bowls for the teams he played on.' I want to be a Hall of Famer. I have those types of aspirations and goals. That's why I go out there and sacrifice my body, for the opportunity to play for and win a Super Bowl, and then for the guys I'm playing with."

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