Thursday, April 17, 2014
For as long as Ed Reed has been playing in the NFL, one of his biggest fans has been Bill Belichick. Any time the Patriots played the Baltimore Ravens, Belichick would be effusive in his praise of the safety, long regarded as one of the best to ever play that position.
But Wednesday, hours before Reed became a free agent after he cleared waivers after being released by Houston, Belichick dodged a question about his team's interest in Reed:
"I don't think it would be appropriate for me to comment on players who aren't on our team.''
There are many folks who think Reed will end up with the Patriots, even though he plays the same position as Devin McCourty.
The Patriots secondary is playing much better than it did a year ago - as Belichick said, "we've certainly had a lot less problems this year than we had last year, even the last couple of years, with balls getting thrown over our head in the middle of the field.'' - but Reed can bring a lot of leadership and game sense to the team. He can be a mentor to rookie Duron Harmon and fill in if Steve Gregory, who is nursing a broken thumb, needs more rest.
True, he isn't as fast as he once was, but his ability to anticipate plays is still extraordinary. And, in the right situation, where he isn't counted on to play every defensive snap, Reed could be a huge factor as the regular season winds down and into the playoffs.
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe made a nice case for bringing Reed into the Patriots locker room in this story.
The Jets have also emerged as a possible landing site for Reed, so the next few days should be interesting.
Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.
He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.
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