Houston (CBS Houston) – Ed Reed was the Texans big-ticket acquisition this off-season. But his first eight games with the Texans haven’t been worth the price of admission.
After missing the first two games due to injury, Reed has yet to register a win in a Texans uniform. The team still lists him as a starter but against the Colts it was D.J. Swearinger and Shiloh Keo who started the game at safety, neither had ever started an NFL game coming into this season. Meanwhile, Reed was used almost exclusively as the third safety in the dime package.
“That’s something that’s best for the team and whatever is best for the team that’s what we got to do” D.J. Swearinger told SportsRadio 610.
Reed’s stats hardly read like the impact player the Texans thought they were signing. He has recorded 16 tackles, no sacks, and no interceptions in the six games he’s played. Perhaps more telling – for a player known as one of the NFL’s best ball hawk’s – Reed has not gotten his hands on a single pass. According to the NFL’s official statistics he hasn’t recorded a pass defense this year.
Both Swearinger and Keo have to juggle their own increasing success with watching a future hall of famer’s role decline. Reed logged just 32 snaps against the Colts while Swearinger (63) and Keo (49) both recorded their highest count since Reed has been on the active roster.
“I would like to see him out there a lot but that’s out of my hands, out of his hands and you know, that’s what is best for the team.” Swearinger continued to SportsRadio 610.
For veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph, the topic of Reed’s decreased playing time wasn’t something he was comfortable discussing.
“I don’t really get into the personnel things like that,” Joseph told SportsRadio 610. “It’s my job just to play.”
In the six weeks since Reed has stepped on the field, the Texans’ expectations have drastically changed. They went from a team with Super Bowl aspirations to a club merely hoping to snap a six game losing streak.
Reed’s three year $15 million deal with the Texans features non-guaranteed salaries of $4 million and $5 million in 2014 and 2015. He could potentially be a cap casualty this offseason as the Texans could look to create cap space to resign J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson.
Reed was unavailable for comment Wednesday. He usually addresses the media on Thursday.
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