The San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio announced at his press conference today that rookie first-round pick Eric Reid will be the starting free safety for the season.
Reid will have some rather big shoes to fill, as he is taking over for Pro Bowler Dashon Goldson who signed a lucrative contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason.
“It’s obviously good news for me”, Reid said. “I’m going to keep working and try & keep the spot.”
Reid was in competition with free agent acquisition and former St. Louis Rams safety Craig Dahl, Trenton Robinson and C.J. Spillman, but after looking impressive in his first two preseason games, the Niners started him against the Minnesota Vikings and he did not disappoint.
The rookie has shown flashes of good coverage, strong tackling ability and speed in his limited snaps in the first three games, but he obviously showed enough to the coaching staff to allow him to start as a rookie on a championship caliber team.
The 49ers will need Reid to come out of the gates strong as they open up against the pass-happy Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers in the season opener at Candlestick Park.