Yesterday, we put up a sales pitch for bringing All-Pro safety Earl Thomas to town to bolster the Houston Texans’ defensive backfield. While that plane has long odds of landing in Space City, players already on the roster are doing what they can to step up and fill the big shoes left empty by Andre Hal as he begins life on the sidelines while battling lymphoma.
Third round pick Justin Reid seems to have a leg up on most rookies, thanks in part to Hal and from the mentoring he’s received over the years from his big brother, Eric Reid, former San Francisco 49ers safety.
The Chronicle ran a piece on Reid recently with some nice tidbits:

”Andre (Hal’s) incredible,” Reid said Tuesday after the first day of minicamp. “He’s a mentor to me. I can talk to him any time and ask him any question I want to, and he’s nothing but helpful.

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