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Ed Reed, cut by Houston this week, lands with Rex Ryan and the Jets

Frank Schwab
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Rex Ryan worked for the Baltimore Ravens for 10 years before becoming Jets head coach in 2009. He saw Ed Reed become one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.

Reed doesn't seem to be the same player that Ryan worked with in Baltimore, but the Jets are taking a shot that he still has some of this prime left.

Reed, who was cut by the Texans this week, was signed by the Jets after he cleared waivers, reuniting with Ryan.


Ryan is a smart defensive coach so if Reed has anything left, he'll figure out how to get it out of him. The question with Reed is if he still does have anything left at age 35.

Reed had a disappointing stint with the Texans, the team he signed with this offseason. It hit rock bottom when he played just 12 snaps last week at Arizona and then questioned the coaching staff's play-calling. The Texans released him after that.

The Jets are 5-4 and currently in the sixth spot in the AFC. Perhaps Reed, a spectacular playmaker for many years with the Ravens, can help down the stretch. It might happen if Reed resembles the same player Ryan coached in Baltimore years ago.

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