Eric Reid thinks the NFL is targeting him with drug tests: 'It doesn't feel very random'

Eric Reid is taking issue with the NFL’s random drug testing. The safety was signed by the Carolina Panthers on September 27, which was the Panthers’ bye week, and has been tested in five out of the eight weeks he’s played.

Reid is now openly questioning how random the NFL’s testing really is.

“This is supposed to be a random system. It doesn’t feel very random.”

Reid also spoke up about the frequency of his testing in early November, but didn’t question the randomness at that time.

Obviously his fifth random drug test (and his sixth overall) was the tipping point. Reid clearly feels like he’s being targeted by the NFL. And while he didn’t say why, the reasons are pretty obvious: Reid’s support of Colin Kaepernick’s protests, and Reid’s collusion grievance against the NFL.

The NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances lays out the basics of weekly testing procedures for each team. Ten players from each club are tested every week, and using a computer program, the independent test administrator randomly selects the players. They can be on the team’s active roster, the practice squad, or the reserve list. For the Panthers, that’s between 60 and 70 players. Reid has been one of the 10 players selected five times in his eight weeks with the team.

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Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) kneels as Cam Newton (1) stands during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid, center, takes a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) is stopped by Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid (25) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Baltimore Ravens' Chris Moore (10) runs after a catch ads Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) reacts after making a stop during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)
Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) returns an interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is hit by Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid (25) as he slides at the end of a run during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Reid was ejected. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid heads to the locker room after being ejected following a hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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There’s no evidence that the NFL is specifically targeting Reid, but as Reid said, “they’re not going to catch me on anything.” As long as his tests keep coming out clean, the NFL can’t stop him from playing or continuing his protests. And even though Reid has been tested a lot, it’s not hurting him. He’s made 48 tackles over eight games with one interception, and has been everything the Panthers needed him to be.

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Liz Roscher is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at lizroscher@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter at @lizroscher.

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