Gang Green is at it again, adding more pieces to the puzzle to help this team contend for a home game Super Bowl appearance. Following the release of Ed Reed from the Houston Texans, the New York Jets were quick to act in signing the veteran safety. Reed's release was due to him not fitting well in Houston, as well as being heavily scrutinized for his play.
However, here in New York, the newly acquired Jet said the move felt "just right," where he will reunite with Rex Ryan and get another chance. Rex coached Reed at Baltimore, before both becoming Jets. Rex knows what Reed is capable of, and Ed knows what to expect from Rex. "I don't think either one of us is willing to pass this chance up. It just fits. I know the system."
With the Jets filled with young players, Reed can step in and provide some guidance. He adds experience and leadership to this team, which was the primary reason for the signing. The Jets already have two solid safeties, with Dawan Landry and Antonio Allen, but adding Ed to the mix will add more depth to the secondary. Allen has done a great job this year, having had shut down two of the best tight ends in the league, Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. However, he is young and at times, he seems to be adjusting to the speed of the NFL. In the other safety slot, Dawan has lost a step, but still has the ability to play. Adding Reed to the rotation at safety will help both veteran players get some rest, helping them play at the best of their abilities longer.
Going into this Sunday's game, Reed does not expect to see much time on the field. He did say however, that he will play in any role that Rex wants him to. "If he wants me to play on Sub, Dime, whatever it may be, I will do that. If he wants me to rush kicks, if he wants me to run on kickoff, I'll do that. I'm here to help the team win."
The Super Bowl Champion's career is running out of time and he wants to make another run for a ring. Coming to New York was a no-brainer for Reed, as playing for a playoff contender was very important. "That's a huge factor. That was a huge factor in me playing this year in general, being (on) a team that was going to contend and be in the playoffs. It's right there."
Ed Reed is here, ready to play for another Super Bowl, and he has one message for his opponents: "Throw the ball."