Ed Reed

Reed defends his Jurevicius hit

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed defended his helmet-to-helmet hit on Joe Jurevicius that knocked the Browns receiver out of the game with a concussion in the fourth quarter.

No flag was thrown on the play, but it probably will be reviewed by the NFL office this week.

"This is our house and we don't take lightly to it," said Reed. "When you come into our house, if there isn't anything else, there's going to be some hitting out there. It's going to be a physical football game. Cleveland is a physical team, and you have to do that.

Mickles: Reed does his part to help N.O.

Like many other professional athletes from Louisiana, Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed was moved by the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina last summer.

Reed, a former Destrehan High School star, and his Ravens played the last game in the Superdome on Aug. 26, 2005 — just three days before the killer storm left her indelible mark on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

So Reed, a native of St. Rose, wanted to do something special for his homecoming game today against the New Orleans Saints in the refurbished Superdome. He arranged for teammates to make donations through payroll deduction, with the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity programs.

Reed Remembers Katrina

On Aug. 26, 2005, safety Ed Reed and the Baltimore Ravens played to a 21-6 preseason victory over the New Orleans Saints in Louisiana. Days later, Hurricane Katrina wreaked its havoc over the entire Gulf Coast.

Sunday's Week 8 matchup between the Ravens and the Saints marks the St. Rose, La. native's return to the Louisiana Superdome.

When describing the stadium, the phrase "shelter of last resort" is often used, stemming from the tremendous damage the storm inflicted on the Superdome. Estimates say that nearly 30,000 residents of New Orleans and surrounding areas took refuge in the building when they were unable to leave the city.

Ed Reed Update

I'm assuming the Ravens will start to buckle down on safety Ed Reed and some of his freelancing in the secondary. It was one of the plays that cost the Ravens Sunday against Carolina when Reed tried to anticipate a short pass to Keyshawn Johnson, and Jake Delhomme went over the top on the long pass to Steve Smith. Reed has gotten burned trying to make plays before, only Will Demps was the one who always looked like he was out of position. This time, it was cornerback Samari Rolle. A number of Ravens defensive players seemed agitated after the game and that might be the key to Reed staying in position. In the Ravens' scheme, especially since they blitz so often, you have to be extremely disciplined, and be where you're supposed to be.


Ravens' Reed hides, seeks interceptions

Ravens safety Ed Reed used to consider it a chess match when going head-to-head with a quarterback.

Now, when he faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Chris Simms in the regular-season opener Sunday, it'll be more like hide-and-seek.

Deception has become the most improved part of Reed's game this season, and for good reason. Because quarterbacks threw away from him last season, Reed has concentrated on acting like he's going one way before taking off where the ball is really headed.

Ravens safety Reed has home covered

Maybe up north, things are different.

Maybe in the greater Baltimore area, where he is the Ravens' superstar safety and a genuine celebrity, Ed Reed is a different kind of guy.

Maybe up there his time is over-scheduled and his public appearances have to be approved in advance by somebody with a front-office title. Maybe up there he is told where to go and who he can talk to. Maybe up there he has to pass up a little kid with a purple football and a black pen or a grandmother waiting patiently for him to sign five footballs, one for each one of her grandsons.