AtlAtlanta Falcons
Brooks Reed
Mar 10: Reed has reached an agreement to join the Falcons, ESPN's Tania Ganguli reports. A second-round pick in the 2011 draft, Reed has experience playing both inside and outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, with the former being more useful in the majority of IDP formats. It's not entirely clear how the Falcons will use him, given that the team has a seemingly endless list of needs on defense. Reed has just 169 tackles and 14.5 sacks through four NFL seasons, but he's known as a solid run defender.

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Mar 7: Reed is unlikely to re-sign with the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports. Reed has some pass-rush ability, recording 14.5 sacks in four seasons with the Texans, but the team will apparently respond to the market rather than set it. His knack for pressuring the quarterback ought to draw some interest.

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Oct 18: Reed (groin) was a full participant in Saturday's practice and is listed as probable for Monday night's game against the Steelers. Coach Bill O'Brien said Friday that Reed should be ready to play Monday night, and Saturday's injury report confirms that belief.

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Oct 17: Reed (groin) was a limited participant at Friday's practice, CSN Houston reports. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Reed "should be good to go" for Monday night's game against the Steelers.

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Oct 16: Reed (groin) missed practice Thursday, CSN Houston reports. Head coach Bill O'Brien said there's a "shot" Reed will be able to play Monday night against the Steelers.

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Oct 11: Reed suffered a groin injury during Thursday night's loss to the Colts, the Houston Chronicle reports. Head coach Bill O'Brien is optimistic, but described Reed as "in the day-to-day category." With another nine days before Houston plays Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football in Week 7, there's still some time for Reed to heal up. Through six games, Reed has 17 tackles, one sack and one interception.

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Sep 10: Reed had five tackles and a sack while earning a game ball after Week 1's win over Washington, CSN Houston reports. Many of the post-game questions focused on the knee injury to Jadeveon Clowney, but head coach Bill O'Brien abruptly changed the subject to Reed's effort. "Brooks Reed played one of the better games that I've seen an outside linebacker play (recently). He went out there and played a very disciplined game, got good pressure on the quarterback, played good against the run game," said O'Brien.

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Aug 6: Reed will start at outside linebacker in Saturday's preseason opener against the Cardinals, the Texans' official site reports. Reed, who has been working out at both inside and outside linebacker, will open preseason as the starting strong-side backer. The Texans are pretty deep at outside linebacker with Reed, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus all expected to see action this season.

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Jul 27: Reed practiced at outside linebacker Saturday, CSN Houston reports. While Reed prepped all offseason at inside linebacker, when training camp opened he was at the familiar outside spot. He'll be ready to play both positions, but defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's preference appears to have Reed play outside.

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May 12: Reed is preparing to shift to inside linebacker this season, the Houston Chronicle reports. The early line has first-round draft pick Jadeveon Clowney seeing a lot of action at outside linebacker, the position where Reed has spent most of his time the last three years with the Texans. The Texans have been talking about moving Reed inside ever since last year's offseason, but linebacker selections in the 2013 draft flamed out, so he stayed put. With Whitney Mercilus on board and Clowney coming, there's a better chance in 2014 that Reed moves inside, where we presume there will be less sack opportunities.

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