The New York Jets decided to take a gamble on veteran safety Ed Reed as they have signed him just days after he was released by the Houston Texans. I say gamble because it truly is one for a team that is trying to hunch down and make a run at the playoffs.
In theory, Reed’s presence should be enough to motivate the Jets’ defense to play better. However, his play will do no such thing, which is the big problem for New York.
Safeties Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry have done an excellent job this season, even if the Jets have surrendered 251.4 passing yards per game, which is good for 24th in the NFL. The two players have combined for an incredible 95 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, one defensive touchdown and 10 passes defended. Honestly, what more could Reed do than what Allen and Landry have already accomplished.
I understand that New York has only posted five interceptions this season, which is unusual of a Rex Ryan defense. However, if the belief is that Reed is going to make a difference the Jets better think again.
The 35-year-old has recorded just 16 total tackles this season. Even more shocking is that Reed doesn’t have any interceptions, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries or passes defended to his name. His stat sheet is just a bunch of zeroes following the 16 tackles.
Obviously, the Jets are counting on Ryan being able to help Reed get back on track this season. The fact that Reed had some of his most successful years when Ryan was a defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens certainly is reason enough for New York to be optimistic. With that being said, 2008 was a long time ago.
There is a chance Reed will get a breath of fresh air while playing for a contender. On the other hand, I wouldn’t count on it.