Ed Reed: ‘I want them to test me’

Ed Reed: ‘I want them to test me’
October 23, 2013, 9:00 am
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Ed Reed hasn’t had his best season in 2013. But he’s not getting a whole lot of chances to really make his presence felt either.

Teams simply haven’t been throwing his way. On Tuesday, he was asked if that is a product of teams specifically not wanting to throw in his direction.  

“Probably. I don’t know, man,” Reed said. “I don’t think none of them are gonna test me. I hope so. I’m looking forward to it. I want them to test me. That way I can really showcase the question marks that everybody’s putting up. But I’m a football player, regardless of the ball in air or on the ground. I have to make my plays and I will.”

According to ProFootballFocus, Reed has been targeted just three times in five games. Ninety-four safeties have been targeted more than Reed this season. By comparison, Yeremiah Bell has been thrown at 32 times through seven weeks to lead the league’s safeties.

It appears that even at 35-years-old, his reputation is scaring teams away from throwing deep on the Texans in the middle of the field. Reed is 10th in NFL history with 61 interceptions and is the all-time leader in interception return yards.

“Overall, I think Sunday (against the Chiefs) was probably my worst one since I’ve been here, though it wasn’t that bad,” Reed said on Tuesday. “I’m not getting the ball thrown my way. It tends to be, ‘Where’s Ed? Where’s Ed?’ Where is the ball going? I’m still focused. I’m still able to do the things that I know I can do, that I’ve been doing. It’s just a matter of getting opportunities and taking advantage of those opportunities. But at the same time, I can’t be lackadaisical. So when it’s time for me to make any play, whether it’s a tackle, fumble recovery, anything that it might be.”

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