D.J. Reader slims down ahead of first Bengals season

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The Bengals will be getting a smaller D.J. Reader than the Texans had on their defensive line in recent seasons.

Reader was listed at 347 pounds while in Houston, but he’s down to around 320 pounds after making an effort to cut weight this offseason. Reader said he “changed a couple of habits” including staying away from carbohydrates when he wasn’t working out in order to accomplish his goal of slimming down.

“I want to do the things that are going to make me a better player this year,” Reader said, via the team’s website. “Maybe get a little more quicker. My reps might go up, you never know. I wanted to be prepared for everything. I wanted to make sure I’m going to be in the best shape of my career. Play better and yet still be strong.”

The change in size isn’t the only difference from Reader’s time in Houston. Defensive line coach Nick Eason said Reader’s “role is going to be expanded” from what he did while playing around 60 percent of the snaps for the Texans, so there should be plenty of opportunities to show that he can remain effective while carrying less bulk on his frame.

8 responses to “D.J. Reader slims down ahead of first Bengals season

  1. Losing weight didn’t work out to well for former Bengal RB Rudi Johnson in 2007. Hoping DJ lives up to his hype

  2. comment above hopes Reader lives up to his “hype”. that’s well requested.

    as an avid Texans fan I’ve obviously seen Reeder from “day 1” in the pros. he’s a very nice player against the run – but lets not forget that 99.99% of the time he had either or both or some combination of JJ Watt, Jadaveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus surrounding him.

    Additionally, other DTs with the Texans, also drafted in the middle rounds have done well too under then d-line coach Anthony Weaver…whom has now taken over the DC roll for Romeo Crennel in Houston.

    Reeder’s big issue, for me, in Houston, was that he almost never generated an inside pass rush…and why he played closer to 50% of snaps than not. (and frankly why the Texans drafted Blackson from TCU this year)

    Not trying to disparage Reeder….I always liked him…but he is what he is and he got WAY overpaid by Cincy, way overpaid (but I guess if you have cap money to literally burn, why not)…by smart GM’s, he’s a $5-$6M/yr DT in today’s market…I believe he got twice that in Cincy.

    Why? Because of “hype” that the gullible seem to fall for time after time after time.

  3. firstdownbrowns says:
    June 12, 2020 at 10:26 am
    a couple of 5 ways at Skyline and will be back at his playing weight.

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    Gold Star > Skyline > Empress

  4. Odd that he wouldnt of took this approach during his actual contract year. I hoping hes really not sliming down because hes coming off the juice wich would add up because last year was his contract year.

  5. “but lets not forget that 99.99% of the time he had either or both or some combination of JJ Watt, Jadaveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus surrounding him.”
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    Because he’s really going dumpster diving by playing in between Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap? That’s a silly argument.

  6. wcucarter says:
    June 12, 2020 at 9:48 pm
    “but lets not forget that 99.99% of the time he had either or both or some combination of JJ Watt, Jadaveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus surrounding him.”
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    JJ Watt credited Reader for much of his own success. Don’t recall him throwing the same compliment to the others.

    This too – the Bengals have some great DL depth so expect Reader and the rest of the line to stay fresh all game.

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