D.J. Reader
D.J. Reader
25-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
Cincinnati Bengals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Reader is expected to return as the starting nose tackle where his job is to clog lanes and occupy blockers so that the team's gifted ends can pressure quarterbacks. He's steadily improved and been given more snaps in the years following his rookie 2016 season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $53 million contract with the Bengals in March of 2020.
Signing with Bengals
DTHouston Texans
March 17, 2020
Reader is slated to sign a four-year, $53 million deal with the Bengals, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
That will make Reader -- who recorded 52 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Texans in 2019 -- the highest-paid nose tackle in the NFL, while Field Yates of ESPN notes that by adding him to the mix alongside Geno Atkins, the Bengals will now boast one of the best defensive tackle duos in the league.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Cincinnati BengalsBengals 2019 DT Snap Distribution See more data like this
% of Team Snaps

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2019 D.J. Reader Split Stats
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Measurables Review
How do D.J. Reader's measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
347 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
5.33 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.71 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.90 sec
 
Vertical Jump
29.5 in
 
Broad Jump
99 in
 
Bench Press
30 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
33.63 in
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Reader becomes the heir apparent to Vince Wilfork's nose tackle job. The second-year lineman appeared in all 16 games in 2016, finishing with modest totals, but should improve upon those numbers with a greater number of snaps.
More Fantasy News
Enters free agency
DTHouston Texans
January 25, 2020
Reader finished the 2019 season with career highs in tackles (52) and sacks (2.5) over 15 games.
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Just three tackles in win
DTHouston Texans
December 22, 2019
Reader made three tackles (two solo) in Saturday's 23-20 win over the Buccaneers.
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Four tackles Sunday
DTHouston Texans
December 16, 2019
Reader recorded four tackles (one solo) across 47 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Titans.
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Modest showing Sunday
DTHouston Texans
October 14, 2019
Reader made three tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Chiefs.
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Records sack in win
DTHouston Texans
October 7, 2019
Reader recorded four tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and one quarterback hit in Sunday's 53-32 win over Atlanta in Week 5.
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