Eric Reid adjusting well to NFL

October, 4, 2013
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Eric Reid has finished a quarter of his rookie season.

“Man, it’s gone by fast,” Reid said Thursday in the 49ers’ locker room. “Quick.”

But it has gone by well. The 49ers’ first-round pick has been a tremendous addition through four games. The instant starting safety has shown the game is neither too big nor too fast for him.

Reid has fit right in a strong defense. He had interceptions in his first two NFL games and he has made nearly every player has had to make in four games. Just as the team envisioned when he was drafted, Reid has suitably replaced Dashon Goldson, who went to Tampa Bay as a free agent.

If he continues to make strides (and piles up picks), the LSU product could be in the mix for the defensive rookie of the year award.

What’s Reid’s assessment of his first quarter of an NFL season?

“I’d like to think I improve every day,” Reid said. “That’s the goal. I try to. I think I have gotten better each week ... I know I have improved leaps and bounds from OTAs.”

Reid said his biggest NFL adjustment has been realizing the league changes every week.

“You have to be ready to change along with it,” Reid said. “Every week is different.”

Thus far, Reid has been up to the task.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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