Top 5 Reasons Why Baltimore Ravens Will Miss Ed Reed

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Top 5 Reasons Why The Baltimore Ravens Will Miss Ed Reed

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Robert Deutsch- USA Today Sports

Ed Reed is a one of a kind. Reed is as smart a defensive player you will find in NFL history. In fact, I don't think there will be a time in the history of the game where someone could bump Reed off the list of the smartest defensive players to ever play the game.

When Reed spent his 11 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens from 2002 to 2012, the thing that always amazed me about his play was the fact that Reed was never the fastest guy, and he was never the strongest guy — he has always been your typical NFL athlete. When you think of an NFL player, you think of Reed. The greatest gift he has is his hands.

Reed is deadly on the field. People talk about age all the time and how father time catches up with everyone. Father time may have caught up to Reed in some areas, but the league's fear of the legend is still as strong as it ever has been.

In his days with the Ravens, Reed could do it all, especially when he was healthy. Reed is known these days for being a freelancer, but in his early days with the Ravens from 2002-2004, he was a strong safety and even won defensive player of the year at the position in 2004. So any time you hear someone say Reed isn't as good as Troy Polamalu, tell them he is and he can play both ways, unlike Polamalu. His range in his prime was second to none, and he will always be appreciated for it in the state of Maryland.

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Game-Changer

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Mark J. Rebilas- USA Today Sports

Game-changer. That's what Reed might as well change his last name to. Very few players in the history of the game have had the hands of a wide receiver playing defensive back and took it to the house at a frequent rate.

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Instincts

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JD Mercer- USA Today Sports

Reed's instincts are second to none. His ability to come from across the field to make an interception before the play takes place is something that was a luxury for the Ravens.

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Leadership

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Mark J. Rebilas- USA Today Sports

Reed was always a quiet leader for the Ravens, but with a presence that rivaled Ray Lewis on the team. Reed had always been known to be second-in-command on the team. So losing two leaders at the top will be a tall order for the Ravens to handle this season.

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Smarts

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Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

Many people confuse Reed taking chances with his smarts. Everything he is doing on the field are basically calculated risks. What may have gotten him beat on one play would come back to help him later.

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Tom Brady's wristband

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David Butler II- USA Today Sports

When the Ravens played the New England Patriots in the 2011 AFC Championship game, Tom Brady had written on his wrist band Reed's location at all times. With him gone, the Ravens will lose the fear from QBs the likes of Brady and Peyton Manning. Even after all these years, all of the injuries and the age, Reed still has the fear factor.


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