Q&A with Ed Reed

Player Spotlight Name: Ed Reed Position: Strong safety College: Miami (Fla.) Measurables: 5-foot-11, 205 pounds Age: 23 Hometown: St. Rose, La. Acquired: Reed was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft this spring with the 24th overall selection.

Resume: Reed leads the Ravens in interceptions with four and is the club's fourth-leading tackler with 64 stops to go along with a sack and 11 pass deflections. Reed has blocked two of the Ravens' three punts, scoring a touchdown off of his block against the Tennessee Titans. Reed finished his career at Miami as an All-American for the national champion Hurricanes. He left campus with 289 career tackles along with a school-record 21 interceptions and 54 pass deflections. During his last season, Reed collected 44 tackles with nine interceptions and 19 pass deflections. Growing up in Louisiana, Reed was an all-state selection as a defensive back and kick returner at Destrehan High School and was named his district's Most Valuable Player by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as a senior.

Role against New Orleans: Reed will be involved heavily in the Ravens' efforts to slow down speedy Saints wideouts Joe Horn and Donte Stallworth. He'll also be called upon in run support against Deuce McAllister, the Saints' 1,000-yard rusher,

Ravens Insider: "What jumps out at you after watching film of the Saints' offense?"

Reed: "The big plays. They make a lot of them down the field every week. We've got to minimize that to win the game. If we do that, it will be a real tight game."

 Ravens Insider: "Do you view this game as an opportunity to make a statement around the league?"

Reed: "Definitely. After what happened to us early in the season to Tampa Bay and for them to beat Tampa Bay last week, it's a good chance for us to prove ourselves and a real good challenge against a team competing to be in the playoffs."

Ravens Insider: "Mentally and physically, how ready is this team?"

Reed: "We're ready. We've got a lot of confidence in what we do on offense, defense and special teams. It's going to be a great game. We're going to go out and just try to play real good football."

Ravens Insider: "Did you grow up as a Saints fan?"

Reed: "I grew up watching them, but I was a San Francisco fan. They played San Fran every year so I was like the only one in my house rooting for the 49ers. They had the bags on their heads back when I was a kid."

Ravens Insider: "How challenging is the job of containing McAllister in the open field?"

Reed: "You just have to get him on the ground. He's another great back we're playing against. He can hurt you. It's another challenge and we have to try to contain him. We've got some fast guys, too."

Ravens Insider: "What's the remedy for his speed then?"

Reed: "You have to bring something to the table and hit him. We'll be alright. We've got fast guys and guys that are physical. We're not going to just lay down."

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