Reed gives Swearinger advice for 1st start

Reed gives Swearinger advice for 1st start
October 18, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Before D.J. Swearinger played his high school and college games, he would watch film of one of his football idols: Ed Reed and Sean Taylor.

On Sunday, he’ll be starting next one of them.

“Words can’t describe it,” Swearinger said on Friday. “Growing up watching him, watching his YouTube videos before my high school and college games and now in the same locker room and starting right next to him is unbelievable.”

Reed said he’s spent some time talking and offering advice to Swearinger as the rookie prepares for his first career start. For reference, this will be Reed’s 165th career start.

What has Reed been telling Swearinger?

“Everything it is about playing safety,” Reed said. “There’s really been unlimited information to give him. But D.J.’s a football player. I don’t have to say much to him.”

Swearinger said the most important thing Reed has stressed to him this week has been to make sure he knows the calls and knows what he’s supposed to do.  

Swearinger, who had just turned 11 when Ed Reed made his first start in 2002, admitted with a smile that he knows he makes Reed feel old when he talks about watching him as a youngster.

When asked about one thing he’s learned about Reed that he didn’t know, Swearinger spoke about the way Reed talks to everyone on the team and can offer advice to offensive and defensive players.

But the biggest thing Reed has taught Swearinger is something that might have Swearinger feeling old one day talking to a rookie.

“I would say the way he takes care of his body,” Swearinger said. “Twelve years is a long time is a long time in this league and to play safety, that’s unbelievable.”