"That's how I introduced myself. I said, ‘Mr. Reed, how're you doing? I'm your shadow,'" said Bush. "He said, "No doubt." He was all for it. He's a good guy."
Reed made a practice appearance yesterday after finalizing a contract with the Jets upon meeting with general manager John Idzik late Wednesday night. Head coach Rex Ryan pushed heavily for Idzik to consider signing Reed who was put on waivers by the Houston Texans on Tuesday.
After the late night meeting with Idzik on Wednesday, Reed endured a thorough physical that left the Jets comfortable with offering him a contract. The 12-year NFL veteran will help boost the secondary's depth and give the youngsters some much needed guidance.
"He approaches the game the right way – like a real veteran would. He came out, practiced just like Dawan Landry practices, full speed," said Bush. "All his credentials and everything, some guys come in, they don't really give that effort in practice, but he gave that effort and that is something that I look at."
Bush hasn't played much this season, playing in mostly nickel schemes, and that playing time looks like it may become even more limited when Reed gets more acquiesced with the team.
"It's just defense and that's something that he knows. Terminology might be a little different," said Bush. "He played for Rex, so some things are kind of the same. But, he picked it up and just ran with it today."
This season isn't a lost one for Bush, though. Reed is known as one of the best ball hawking safeties the league has ever seen, recording 61 interceptions over the entirety of his career with 13 touchdowns. That type of dynamism can't be ignored and it looks like Bush may be the main beneficiary of his wisdom.
Bush's skillset, playing a bit of cornerback in college, shows that his passing coverage is his greatest asset. Antonio Allen plays best as a hard-hitting safety in the box that can cover large tight ends while Jaiquawn Jarret provides a similar hard-hitting approach to Allen.
That wisdom may come in handy, especially on deep passes. The Jets have allowed seven passes of 45-yards or more this season. Reed will make his first appearance against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.