Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that there are “serious concerns” about LB Haason Reddick‘s ability to master the Cardinals’ new defense, which has resulted in him seeing a smaller role. His playing time has been reduced significantly under Steve Wilks and he played in just five snaps last week.
Reddick was the 13th overall pick in the 2017 draft out of Temple.
Reddick has lost the starting job to veteran Gerald Hodges, who has won the trust of coaches and teammates. According to the report, no reversal in the depth chart seems imminent and it might require an injury to prompt a change.
Another player who has seen a reduced role is 2014 first-round LB/DB Deone Bucannon. Bucannon’s smaller body type is not as good a fit in the new system and he played in just one snap in Week 4 vs Seattle/
Some executives from around the league have begun internal discussions as to the potential availability of either player ahead of next months trade deadline, and a trade would be a “viable option,” according to La Canfora.
This wouldn’t be the first time Arizona moved on from a defensive player due to scheme fit. The Cardinals released safety Tyrann Mathieu in the offseason, in part due to his fit in the new defense.
The Cardinals are currently the only winless team in the NFL at 0-4 and turned the starting QB job to rookie Josh Rosen. They take on the San Francisco 49ers later today.
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