Ed Reed, who was released by the Houston Texans and was only on the waiver wire for almost a full day, is now a New York Jet. Reed will provide the Jets’ defense with strong veteran leadership, a strong play maker on the defensive side of the ball and most importantly Super Bowl Championship experience.
Reed will be reunited with Rex Ryan from their days together with the Baltimore Ravens. Reed will also bring with him 61 career interceptions as a 5-foot-11, 200-pound former first round pick of the Ravens in the NFL 2002 draft. He played his first 11 seasons with the Ravens and played with the Texans this season for seven games. Jets fans have been speculating that he should be signed by the team, and they got their wish from John Idzik when the Jets sent out this tweet:
We bolstered our secondary THURS, agreeing to terms with Ed Reed a day after the veteran S cleared waivers.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 14, 2013
The expectations the Jet fans seem to have is he will increase the team’s defensive back talent and provide some new energy so the front seven can continue to get to the quarterback. Reed’s highest interception totals are nine and he has done that twice (2004, 2008). Do the Jets really expect him to have any statistical contribution to the team that is worth stating this season? I say not. Reed will come in and be able to be another mouthpiece for Ryan and his staff to continue to grow the mind and play ability of this young defensive group.