“It feels good,” Reed said following his first practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, wearing a white Jets hat and grey Jets T-shirt. “It feels right, and it is right. I’m comfortable, I’m happy to be here, a great situation for me.”
Ed Reed spent the first 11 seasons of his NFL career as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, where he went to nine Pro Bowls and left on a high note as a Super Bowl champion. He signed on with Houston this offseason hoping to join a playoff contender, but a rocky 2-7 start has derailed any realistic chance the Texans have of making a postseason run this year.
His tenure in Houston “wasn’t a good fit” for “a lot of reasons” Reed said. Here, however, he’s reunited with head coach Rex Ryan, defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman and fellow safety
“That’s a huge factor,” Reed said of his decision to join a 5-4 team with a chance to play into January. “That was a huge factor in me playing this year in general, being on a team that was going to contend and be in the playoffs. It’s right there. We’re focused on Buffalo right now, I know that for a fact, and that’s what I’m coming here to do with the guys is just concentrate and go week to week.
"I know Rex’s ultimate goal. I don’t have to harp on that. I know what he coaches for, so I’m just coming in and filling in, do my role.”
“I don’t know what it’s going to be,” Ed said. “I’ll let Coach be the judge of that. They had a good thing going here before I came. I don’t plan on rocking the boat. I don’t plan on being different than who I am, but if Coach wants me to start then I’ll start, if he wants me to play on sub, dime, whatever it may be, I’m going to do that. If he wants me to rush kicks, if he wants me to run on kickoff, I’ll do that. I’m here to help the team win.”
He added, “Do I want to start? Yeah. But I have confidence in what these guys have already been doing. I’m not coming in like, ‘Hey, it’s me!’ I’m not coming in like that. I’m coming in like, ‘Hey, I’m here to help in any way I can.’ This is Coach’s team, this is Rex’s team, and I know everybody trusts the fact that he’s going to make the right decision for us to be successful.”
At 35 years old and recently released, it’s only natural to question if the 12th-year vet has a lot left in the tank, but as Reed said, “I don’t think I’d be here if they didn’t think that.”
“I love the game. I love football. I’m going to play until I can’t play it anymore,” he said. “It’s just something that you’re able to do for a short chapter of your life, and I didn’t feel like this book was over yet.”
Maybe fans shouldn’t expect the 2013 Green & White version of Ed Reed to be what he once was, but there’s still plenty to be excited about.
“It seems that Ed Reed is held to higher standards,” Reed said. “I’ve created that monster. I’ve been blessed to create that monster, but I love it. I’m all for it. I’m glad to be here in New York.”
And now, that New York monster has a message to opposing teams: “Throw the ball.”
“I’ve been saying that the whole year because I’ve been criticized just terribly,” Reed said, “but I only had about four, five balls in my vicinity, direction, but you know, I’m not too concerned about that. I know somebody’s going to try sooner or later. Or maybe not. Maybe I’ll just go take it.”
He’s never once gone a full season without an interception. This year, he’s still waiting on his first takeaway. If history’s any indication, it won’t be long before he just goes and takes it.
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