He really improved as the season went along. He started out tentative - playing deeper than he needed to on occasion. Perhaps he was told to, or perhaps he just wasn't comfortable with the speed of the game and didn't want to get burned with the big play. He still has a lot to learn and I hope that Bethea can be as helpful as I think Whitner was towards Reid's development.
Here's a play that we would all have talked about if Reid was able to make the snag. This is the final game of the season and this play shows confidence with what he recognizes from the opposing offense.
3rd & 3
49ers: cover2 man. Reid is on the 37 yard line.
Reid has what could be two vertical routes (Fitz and a speedy Ellington) coming at him, but he has not taken one backpedal step. He's actually taken a step forward.
Palmer has not started his windup. Reid ends up taking a step back, only to start driving downfield to play the curl route by Ellington. Surely he knows that Bow is trying to cover Fitz on what looks like a vertical route by Fitz.
Palmer bringing the ball up to his ear to start his release.
Almost had a pick 6.
Palmer staring to the right doesn't help, but how does Reid know Palmer wasn't looking to Fitz? I think there was some play recognition here, but the only way to tell is to see what ARI likes to do on 3rd down and short. I'll just assume Reid and Rogers saw something they recognized (notice Rogers signaling to Reid right before the snap).
[ Edited by thl408 on Jul 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM ]