The Rams’ newest addition to the secondary, Greg Reid, stands 5-foot-8 and weighs in at only 190 pounds. Despite his small frame, though, the one-time Florida State Seminole has lethal burst, acceleration and change-of-direction ability. He is a very elusive and dynamic punt returner with a nose for the end zone, a threat to take it to the house each and every time he touches the ball.
As a freshman in 2009, Reid led the FBS in punt return average (18.4), demonstrating a knack for making the first man miss while creating big plays in tight and open space. The next season, he earned the Chick-fil-A Bowl Defensive MVP with an outstanding performance against South Carolina.
In the fall of 2011, however, Reid had some off-the-field issues in Tallahassee. He was arrested for resisting arrest and perjury, but charges were eventually dropped. In 2012, Reid was again arrested for driving with a suspended license and marijuana possession, which led to his dismissal from FSU. He later enrolled at Valdosta State and tore his ACL, never playing for the Blazers after undergoing multiple surgeries on his knee.
The Rams have signed a good athlete in Reid, who boasts the right positional attributes and skill set to develop and compete at the NFL level of competition. His toughness and competitiveness, along with ball skills and football instincts with natural body control, make him a very attractive option as a third corner. Reid may even spell or share duties with Tavon Austin as a punt returner. Per Rams and league sources, “He is quicker than fast and will compete for the nickel and dime cornerback position within the Gregg Williams scheme, and will most likely contribute as a punt return man as well.”
St. Louis has also signed Etienne Sabino, an undrafted college free agent from the 2013 class. An outside linebacker, the 6-3, 247-pound Sabino ran a 4.62 40 at the combine. He served as one of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ key backups at middle and outside linebacker until his senior season, when he stepped into a more regular role.
Sabino spent 2013 on the New York Giants’ practice squad.