Ed Reed

Ed Reed Update

The Ravens were missing half of their secondary as cornerback Samari Rolle and safety Ed Reed were held out of practice. Reed tweaked his ankle.


Reed enters sixth season feeling fresh

In five seasons in the NFL, Ravens free safety Ed Reed has been named to three Pro Bowls, won AP's Defensive Player of the Year award in 2004, and earned a contract that makes him the highest-paid player at his position.

And yet Reed, who will turn 29 on Sept. 11, said he still feels like a first-year player.

"It still seems like it was yesterday for me," he said recently. "When we come back to training camp, I always feel like a rookie. Because it's not new things going in, but just taking that whole mentality for everything to be fresh for me, [so] I can continue to get better the way I want to."

Preston: Ravens say communication key to secondary success

Five days into training camp, and Ravens secondary coach Dennis Thurman likes everything he sees. But beginning tomorrow with a scrimmage against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium, it could all change.

The Ravens had the NFL's No. 1-ranked defense a year ago, but they also had their share of problems. When the Ravens played any team with a good passing game, there were a lot of nervous moments, and far too many breakdowns. Some were mental and others physical, but the Ravens gave up too many big passing plays.

Stopping those plays has drawn a lot of attention in training camp.

Ed Reed announces local benefit

Former Destrehan High School football standout Ed Reed, now an all-pro safety with the NFL Baltimore Ravens, returned home Friday to announce the first fund-raiser for his charity

Reed has partnered with Valero Energy Corporation to organize the first Ed Reed/Valero St. Charles Golf Classic, which will be held July 2 at Belle Terre Country Club in LaPlace.
Proceeds will go to the Ed Reed Eye of the Hurricane Foundation, which helps needy families in the St. Charles Parish area, as well as in Baltimore.

Reed levels criticism toward Ravens during Pro Bowl

BALTIMORE - Ed Reed typically makes noise with his play on the football field. This time, the former NFL defensive player of the year’s mouth might have gotten him in trouble.

The Baltimore Ravens’ safety created a stir with his comments after last weekend’s NFL Pro Bowl when asked about the potential departure of teammate Adalius Thomas, a linebacker, to free agency.

“You hate to see the Ravens even put him in this kind of predicament,” Reed, who had two interceptions in the Pro Bowl, told Yahoo.com. “That goes to show you how shady and how bad the business is and how bad certain organizations are. I really think he should have been signed a long time ago. It should have never gotten to this point. He has been nothing but loyal to them. Not only the city, but the organization. If he gets away, it’s a terrible decision on their part. It was a terrible decision to even let it get this far.”

Ed Reed Update

Ravens safety Ed Reed tied the Pro Bowl record for interceptions by picking off two terrible throws, and Ravens teammate Adalius Thomas returned Marc Bulger's fumble 70 yards for a confusing score.


Reed's skill bolsters Lewis' leadership

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- In the beginning, it was a "U" thing. Ray Lewis welcomed fellow University of Miami star Ed Reed into the NFL fraternity in 2002 and took the safety under his wing.

The Baltimore Ravens' duo worked out together and had lockers next to each other. Reed wore the same clothes as the linebacker, from T-shirts and shorts to a dress suit at the ESPY Awards.

"Everything, film watching to dressing," Reed said Thursday. "It was a great thing, still is."
Like Lewis, Reed had an immediate impact. He was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, just as Lewis was in 2000 and 2003.

Picking On Peyton

Ed Reed's performance in the divisional playoff game against the Colts was impressive, but it was his post-game speech that really provided the Ravens with the boost they needed.

Reed stood up in front of a devastated locker room and praised the team for their efforts, reinforcing the fact that they were all a part of a very special season. He also urged them to keep their heads up, because he's confident that they will be right back in the hunt next year.

Todd Heap recalled Reed's comments during the post-game press conference: "One thing that Ed Reed did get up and say after coach spoke to the team is, 'You know what? We have a lot of good guys that did a lot of good things this year [and] we did a lot of good things this year as a team.' Our main focus is to build off of that."

For Reed, virtue of patience has been his biggest reward

The verse, from the Book of Philippians, is written on a scrap of paper and taped to the dressing stall of Ed Reed's locker. It has been a gentle reminder for the Ravens free safety every day that he has gone to work at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills the past five seasons.

To Reed, who recently was named a starter for his third Pro Bowl and yesterday selected All-Pro for the second time, it teaches about the value of patience, a necessary quality to possess in the position he plays for the Ravens. It also is certainly not anything new in the way Reed goes about his life.

Patience was necessary when Reed was a slightly oversized 13-year-old living outside New Orleans and unable to play on a local youth football team because he was a few pounds over the weight limit. He simply waited until the rest of the kids caught up the next year.