Texas DE Cedric Reed Played With Torn Meniscus

When sports fans tune in to catch a glimpse of their favorite teams, they marvel at the extreme athleticism displayed, wondering why they couldn’t perform such physical feats when they practiced in their backyards. But what sometimes goes forgotten is the extra stress these players have to put their bodies under.

Longhorn defensive end Cedric Reed fits the bill.

Yahoo NFL insider Rand Getlin reported that Reed underwent knee surgery following the 2014 season after discovering he had spent the entire year playing on a torn meniscus. Coming off a stellar junior campaign, much was expected from Reed under new head coach Charlie Strong, but instead he disappointed many NFL scouts.

Despite recording 73 tackles – 10 of which were for loss- and five sacks, anonymous NFL executives thought Reed didn’t show the same “explosiveness” he did during his 10-sack junior season. Some even went as far as to say that Reed was their most disappointing draft prospect this year.

“He had a lot of production as a junior, but he’s just not making a lot of plays this year,” said one.

“I went and watched him live, and he didn’t do anything to get me excited,” added another.

Still, Reed exemplified hard work and determination, grinding through the season and helping the Longhorns in any way possible while also earning All-Big 12 second team honors. With this news in mind, analysts may need to reevaluate Reed’s year and potential. Currently, Reed is projected to be drafted in one of the middle rounds, but could be a steal for one lucky NFL team that believes his postseason discovery. The ability to rush the passer is always an attractive skill and Reed will have a chance to demonstrate that skill and silence critics at the Combine this spring.

*Section Photo credit to Brett Deering, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Joe Robbins, Getty Images

 

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