The Jacksonville Jaguars will be looking for offensive line depth this season, as they've had a few injuries and will need to fill out some spots. Not to mention players like Mackenzy Bernadeau that have been a massive disappointment and might just play themselves off the roster, a player like Chris Reed can really grab the brass ring and earn a roster spot.
Reed, signed as an undrafted free agent last season, was a multi-sport athlete in college. He played football and also competed in track and field events, like the shot put. Now that he's become a professional football player however, he's been able to put all his focus into football and has impressed the coaching staff, especially after starting and playing the entire game last Thursday.
"Chris Reed has done good. He has done a nice job even in the game," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said about the second year offensive lineman. "I think there are times where his technique has gotten away from him and that showed up -- some areas of weakness or some things that maybe he gave up some plays. Overall, very, very pleased. Really impressive on the second level in some of our zone schemes. You are looking at guys and really the offensive line, I thought they did a nice job being physical and staying on their feet and working at the second level and he was one of those."
Reed has been looked at by the Jaguars as both a guard and a center, but if he possesses the ability to adequately backup both positions, that's a feather in his cap and a good push towards joining the roster. If you're not a starter, the more you can do goes a long way. Bradley also noted on Reed that he was viewed as a backup center, but now that they've seen so many reps of him at the left guard position, they like what they see. With depth being an issue on the offensive line, if Reed can prove he can backup the three interior offensive line positions, he's got a good shot of making the final roster.