After just two days on the market, Ed Reed has found himself a new home. The veteran safety has decided to sign with the New York Jets, which will reunite him with Rex Ryan. The Jets’ head coach was of course a defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens from 2005-2008, the same place where Reed played his entire career up until this season. But after leaving Baltimore and undergoing hip surgery this offseason, Reed hasn’t been the same player.
The Houston Texans demoted Reed from the starting lineup a couple of weeks back and after their playoff hopes essentially came to an end following a loss in week 10, Reed spoke out and criticized the coaching staff. The Texans say their decision to release Reed was football-related, but who knows if it would have happened during the middle of the season if he hadn’t spoken out?
Regardless, Reed is now a Jet and he’s expected to be on the practice field today. So what will he bring to the table for this Jets team that’s 5-4 and fighting for a Wild Card spot in this year’s playoffs?
It’s pretty clear to everyone that Reed has taken a step back this year. I believe his hip surgery is partially to blame, as well as his aging body. But you can’t tell me that the Texans’ horrible season wasn’t playing a part in his decreasing productivity. Signing with the Jets and reuniting with Ryan was the best possible thing Reed could have done. He’ll be rejuvenated and he’s immediately going to buy into a defensive system that he knows.
Expect Reed to get into the mix right away this Sunday in Buffalo and don’t count him out quite yet. Even if he’s not exactly the same player he once was, his veteran leadership is going to be huge for this Jets team.