Safety Eric Reid answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript.
Q: What are realistic expectations for the team?
REID: For me and I think for the team is to take it one week at a time. We’re not going to settle for anything. We know that we struggled last year. We’re trying get the ship going in the right direction. But for me, I’m trying to win every time I step on the field to play.
Q: Is it difficult to block out your contract status?
REID: I definitely think about it. It’s obviously in my brain. But, I’m just going to continue playing football and whatever happens, happens. I would love to be here for longer, but it’s a business and I understand that.
Q: You said earlier in the offseason there wasn’t talk of an extension. Have you had conversations?
REID: No. Still no conversations. But again, it’s a business.
Q: You weren’t drafted by this regime, so in some ways it could seem like they want to see what you have. Do you feel you have to prove yourself at least in their eyes?
REID: It’s true, they didn’t draft me. But for me, I’m living my dream. All I’ve ever wanted to do was play football. At the end of the day, I’m confident I will be on somebody’s team next year, whether it’s this one or somewhere else. I’m just going to keep doing what I do, and that’s playing ball. Keep making plays for my teammates, making plays for my team and being a guy that my teammates can depend on. At the end of the day when the season is over, we’ll see what happens, but right now that’s not my focus. We start training camp today, I’ve got this conditioning test, and we start practice tomorrow. That’s what my focus is.
Q: Is this new position somewhere you can succeed in this defense?
REID: I definitely think I can. I remember talking about it earlier, feeling like I was made for this position with my body type. I’m excited. I’m looking forward to playing in this scheme.
Q: You’re more of a run-defender now.
REID: Well, it’s an eight-man box. So, I will be involved in the run game a lot more, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I won’t be involved in the pass game. I’ll just be more of a presence in the run game.