Richard Sherman, Robert Saleh, 49ers, D.J. Reed, Sauce Gardner, NY Jets
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Richard Sherman labels underrated New York Jets cornerback as “elite”

Former NFL cornerback Richard Sherman, who currently works as a pre-game and post-game analyst for Amazon’s Thursday Night Football broadcast, has never been shy about voicing his honest opinions. That has not changed since Sherman traded in his helmet for a microphone.

Sherman often takes to Twitter to provide his opinions on what’s happening around the NFL. On Wednesday, Sherman tweeted a bold statement that New York Jets fans will love to hear. The Super Bowl champion labeled a Jets cornerback as “ELITE” – and, no, not Sauce Gardner. He was talking about D.J. Reed.

Sherman’s praise of Reed came within a reply to a tweet that shared an incredible statistic about the Jets’ 26-year-old cornerback: He has not allowed a touchdown pass into his coverage on 815 consecutive coverage snaps. That is a streak that spans over 20 games, including all nine games Reed has played this season and the final 11 games of his 2021 season with the Seattle Seahawks. Reed last allowed a touchdown in Week 3 of the 2021 season.

The Seahawks had Reed playing left cornerback over the first three games of the 2021 season, and he wasn’t performing very well. He actually allowed two touchdowns in that Week 3 game.

Seattle moved Reed to right cornerback in Week 4 and he’s never looked back. Reed provided elite production in coverage over the rest of the season and has carried that over into his first season with the Jets, who have kept him at his comfortable RCB position.

Reed and Sherman were teammates for two years (plus a third offseason) in San Francisco, where they played under a defensive coordinator by the name of Robert Saleh. The 49ers drafted Reed in the fifth round of the 2018 draft. That was the same year they signed Sherman as a free agent. Reed was waived in August 2020 and got claimed by the Seahawks.

Funny enough, Seattle is where Sherman and Saleh first worked together. Saleh spent three years as Seattle’s defensive quality control coach from 2011 to 2013. Those were the first three years of Sherman’s NFL career.

Don’t worry: Sherman loves him some Sauce Gardner, too. Back in October, Sherman said, “You gon’ need Randy Moss if you gon’ get open on Sauce.”

New York has something special going on at the cornerback position.


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4 months ago

Grabbing sauce at #4 was a great move, but grabbing DJ in free agency was also a tremendous move. Let’s keep this pair together for a long, long time

Jim G
Jim G
4 months ago

Very pleased to see DJ Reed get some accolades. The Jets may have the best CB tandem in the NFL right now. Keep it rolling.