D.J. Reader: I’ll be ready to go when it’s time to go

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Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo said early this month that he felt getting veterans back in the lineup after they missed much or all of last season with injuries was like having extra draft picks.

Defensive tackle D.J. Reader is one of those players. He signed with the Bengals as a free agent last March and started five games before a quad injury knocked him out for the rest of the year.

Reader is working on the side at OTAs, but said he’s “feeling good and confident” about being 100 percent when it is time for the season to get underway.

“I never put a time limit on it, but I’ll be ready to go when it’s time to go and I’m out there working with the guys, the training staff is here pushing me,” Reader said, via Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News. “I’m excited.”

When the Bengals signed Reader, the idea was to team him with Geno Atkins on the interior of the line. Atkins is gone now, so the hope will shift to Reader, Larry Ogunjobi, and Mike Daniels making Cincinnati stouter at the point of attack in 2021.

2 responses to “D.J. Reader: I’ll be ready to go when it’s time to go

  1. There was a noticeable push of the opposing o-line when DJ was in there. His absence was immediately apparent. Can’t wait to get him back on the field.

  2. Awesome.
    Hoping the Bengals can resign Geno for a 1 year deal. I know we look pretty good at DT but we thought that last year. I think a healthy Geno would still be our best DT and the rotation would be gruesome for opposing OL. Could you imagine a O-Lineman having to battle Reader and Atkins then a fresh Ogunjobi, Daniels or Shevlin rotating in? Ouch. Time to hit the ice tub cuz you aren’t running the ball in the 4th quarter.

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