As the Baltimore Ravens welcome the New York Jets in the Week 12 matchup, they are also welcoming back one of their former colleagues, Ed Reed. The nine-time Pro Bowl safety parted ways with the Ravens in the offseason and signed a one-year contract with the Houston Texans. Reed was released by the Texans and picked up by the Jets just two days later.
But Sunday’s game will not be Reed’s first return to Baltimore since his departure. The Ravens defeated the Texans at home 30-9 in Week 3.
While Reed didn’t have a big game against the Ravens earlier this season, he is ready for round two and hungry for the football. And he will have a little help from his counterpart.
The free safety will have former Ravens teammate and strong safety Dawan Landry playing alongside him on Sunday. The Ravens have to be careful while facing the two safeties. Landry spent three seasons on the same team as quarterback Joe Flacco, while Reed spent five seasons with the reigning Super Bowl MVP. In addition, head coach Rex Ryan spent ten season in Baltimore as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator.
So if any opposing team knows the Ravens, it’s the Jets.
Flacco has thrown 13 interceptions so far this season, a career high in one season for the sixth-year veteran. Flacco will have to be aware of where Reed and Landry are at all times to avoid adding to that number.
As for Reed himself, he has yet to explode this season and is awaiting his opportunity. In Houston, Reed had 16 tackles in seven games with no interceptions. He recorded three tackles in his debut game with the Jets last week. It’s only a matter of time before the future Hall of Fame safety begins to dominate on defense again.