San Francisco 49ers rookie Eric Reid, who was the No. 18 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, is the heavy favorite to start at free safety this season. Obviously, there are no guarantees as the 49ers still have time to make their decision. However, the team did trade up in the draft to select him in the draft with the assumption that he would be talented enough to start right away.
It is certainly saying something about a player who can start right away on a Super Bowl-caliber defense, especially when Vic Fangio is the defensive coordinator. However, Fangio is certainly pleased with what he has seen so far from the rookie.
“He’s done well all camp,” Fangio said, according to the Contra Costa Times. “We’ll probably start him in this game coming up, and we’ll see how he does with that.”
If Reid can have an impact with the starting defense in Sunday night’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, then there is a good chance San Francisco will keep him in that position. Obviously, it is a gamble to have him make his first career regular season start against the best quarterback in the league in Aaron Rodgers. However, the 49ers are confident in his ability.
“I have high expectations of myself,” Reid told the Contra Costa Times. “There’s always the expectations of the media and fans, but I don’t look too much into that. I’m self-motivated.”
As for now, San Francisco is going to take it one step at a time and not any definite decisions until after they watch film of Sunday’s contest.