Eric Reid plays for the Carolina Panthers now. But just because he’s on an NFL team again doesn’t mean he’s done fighting. The 26-year-old safety will “without a doubt” continue his collusion case against the NFL, he tells ESPN’s David Newton. His fight for social justice doesn’t stop here. And neither does his support of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“I’m still evaluating the scope of our country, and I’ll make that decision later,” Reid would say Monday in his first interview after signing with the Panthers. But he details why these issues are so important to him. Of course, he shouldn’t have to do that. But this is the country we live in. This is where we are right now.
“I mean, I felt those emotions time and time again,” Reid adds. “You can’t live in your own house in America without getting killed. It’s powerful. I will keep speaking for my people.”
On the season, the Panthers are 2-1 — with wins over Dallas and Cincinnati. Meanwhile, the Falcons are struggling at 1-3. New Orleans is 3-1. And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are crashing back to Earth — now 2-2 — after the Chicago Bears blew them away on Sunday. Atlanta could’ve probably used the help at safety, though. After all, they’ve already lost two of them to season-ending injuries.
But Reid is on the Panthers now. And head coach Ron Rivera couldn’t be happier.
“We feel good about who he is a young man and who we are as an organization,” he said on Monday. “Probably the biggest question he asked me really was, ‘What would you say your base fronts of coverage are?’ He just seemed ready to roll.”
Last season, he intercepted just two passes and had four pass defenses over 13 games. That said, the 49ers made him play three different positions on defense. Perhaps simplifying things will help.
Because Reid sure as heck still has the talent.