As the Houston Texans move through OTAs and closer to training camp, RantSports.com will be bringing you profiles for many of the team’s players. We’ll focus mainly on new acquisitions, players in position battles, and on any other key players facing pivotal seasons. In this installment for the Texans, we’ll take a look at free agent acquisition Ed Reed.
What else can you say about Reed that hasn’t already been said? He’s arguably the best safety to ever play the game, and simply one of the best football players from the past decade. He finally made it to the mountain top last season, but now he’ll be starting a new chapter with the Texans.
Houston is a team that’s just not quite there yet. There’s a bunch of talent on both sides of the football, but so far, not enough to overcome the powerhouses in the AFC. But, many people are wondering if Reed might be the missing piece to the puzzle for the Texans.
I think he can be that guy, but it’s also fair to wonder how much gas he really has left in the tank. Reed just underwent minor hip surgery, so his status for training camp is unclear. The safety recently said that he’s going to make sure he’s ‘there for the later part of the season when the team really needs’ him. So it doesn’t sound like he’ll be rushing back to start camp on time.
If you’re the Texans, there’s absolutely no reason in the world to pressure the veteran back onto the field before he’s ready. They got him to put the over the top in December and January, not July and August.
Reed was still playing at a very high level a season ago, so I’m willing to bet he has another couple solid years in him. Texans’ fans will have to hope the change of scenery gives him some new energy, because he’ll need any advantage he can get at this point in his career.
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