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Wade: Ed Reed Will Have Bigger Role On Defense

By DEEPI SIDHU, SportsRadio 610
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will have to conduct off season workouts and the three-day mini-camp this week without nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed.  Phillips told SportsRadio 610′s midday show MaD Radio that he is optimistic about Reed’s return, despite being concerned about his April surgery.

“I’m concerned like I am with anybody that’s coming off an injury, coming off an operation. I believe in our people when they say hey he is going to be fine,” said Phillips.  “You’re always concerned about it but I don’t want to blow it up and say gosh I don’t think the guy will be back because I think that he will.”

Reed, the Texans’ biggest free agent investment this offseason, continues his recovery from arthoscopic hip surgery for a torn labrum.  Reed’s surgery sidelines his return until training camp, which begins July 26.

While Phillips is looking forward to getting Reed back on the field, he says his style of coaching differs depending on the player.

“We try to coach everybody individually even though they have the same responsibilities.  We try to coach each individual differently.”

Phillips says the free safety’s role may be expanded due to his experience and his capabilities on the field.   Reed, who earned his first Super Bowl ring in February, has 61 career interceptions in 160 games.

“Different guys we let do different things.  J.J. we let do a lot of different things, defensive line-wise because he can do those things.  I foresee the same thing with Ed Reed.  He’s going to play in the middle a lot but he’s going to be able to make some calls and do some things that other guys probably couldn’t do.”

The 34-year old Reed signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Texans on March 22 and will be entering his twelfth year in the NFL this season.

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