Panthers' Eric Reid ready to take on leadership role in 2019

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Eric Reid is ready for more in 2019.

The Panthers safety reported to training camp with Carolina for the first time last week as he prepares for his second season with the team, and Reid should feel much more comfortable than he did when he made his debut in October. 

“Last year I came in on the bye week and had to learn the playbook in a week,” Reid said Saturday, via the team’s official website.

Reid, who will be entering his seventh season in the league, joined the Panthers after the team was derailed by injuries and immediately became the starter as he finished with 71 tackles, five passes defended and one interception in 13 games last season.

But he’s eager to amplify his voice this year as he continues to settle in Carolina and has already tried to take on more leadership responsibilities.

“I’ve seen a lot. I can anticipate certain things, I can get a feel for things,” Reid said. “Luke (Kuechly) does it as well. If we see something we think is going to happen, we’ll alert it pre-snap and jump on it. If not, you play your technique.

“But I’ve taken on that role this year, being more vocal in the secondary and making sure we’re making the right checks.”

Reid, 27, initially was selected by the 49ers in the first round of the 2013 draft and spent the first five years of his career in San Francisco before signing with the Panthers.

He then signed a three-year contract extension, worth over $22 million, with Carolina in February.