Well, that didn’t take long. Safety Ed Reed, who was released by the Houston Texans earlier this week, was signed by the New York Jets on Thursday. Reed played for current Jets head coach Rex Ryan in Baltimore, where Ryan served as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator for 4 seasons and was with the team as an assistant for Reed’s first seven years in Baltimore. Reed cleared waivers on Wednesday and the Jets swooped in and picked him up.
Reed should be available to play this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. It is possible that he will start the game. However, even if he doesn’t, he will get significant playing time. It shouldn’t take Reed long to learn the system, due to the years he played with Ryan. Also, the Jets’ current defensive coordinator, Dennis Thurman, was previously an assistant in Baltimore. Also, Reed played alongside current Jets’ safety Dawan Landry in Baltimore. There is a lot of familiarity there.
To make room for Reed on the roster, the Jets cut linebacker Ricky Sapp. Ryan has long been a fan of Reed, even after Ryan left the Ravens and took over the Jets as head coach. It is no surprise he was thrilled to get a chance to coach him once again. While Reed looked like a shell of himself this year in Houston, the Jets are hoping he feels motivated by his release to reach down and find a little bit of his past All-Pro self. Just last year, Reed made the Pro Bowl and helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl, so the hope is that he still has something left in the tank.
It isn’t like he can really hurt the Jets’ pass defense, anyway. Currently, the Jets rank 24th in pass defense, giving up 251 yards a game. They also have only intercepted 5 passes. Reed has made a name for himself in the league as a ball hawk, as he has 61 career interceptions and seven returns for touchdown. The Jets are currently in the playoff hunt, as they have a 5-4 record and are currently in the final AFC wild card spot.