Why the Patriots, Bill Belichick said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to safety Ed Reed

Michael Hoomanawanui Patriots
Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is knocked down by former Ravens safety Ed Reed in a game last season. Credit: Getty Images

The Patriots more or less said, “we’re all set” when it came to signing sure-fire Hall of Famer Ed Reed. New England had been mentioned by many as one of a handful of landing spots for the former All-Pro safety after he was cut by the Houston Texans on Tuesday, but Thursday, a day after clearing waivers, Reed signed a contract with the New York Jets.

The reason Patriots head coach Bill Belichick may have hesitated in looking to bring Reed in is that, for once, New England seems to be set in the secondary (potential healthy help on the defensive line might have been met with more urgency).

Consider that safety Devin McCourty is enjoying, arguably, his best season as a pro. Fellow safety Steve Gregory currently has a thumb injury, but could be back as soon as this Monday in Carolina (8:40 p.m., ESPN). Cornerback Aqib Talib, who was being mentioned as a possible Defensive Player of the Year candidate before he injured his hip in Week 6 against New Orleans practiced on a limited basis this week and could also play Monday against Carolina. In other words, the Patriots are getting healthy at the right time, in the right spots.


The Pats may have also learned their lesson when it comes to bringing in 30-something former All-Pros in the defensive backfield. Much was made about the team signing Adrian Wilson this past spring but he struggled in camp, was relegated to the second team on the depth chart and was finally placed on injured reserve before the regular season began.

The Patriots are also above average in most statistical pass defense categories. They’re12th in yards allowed, tenth in yards per attempt, have only allowed 13 passing touchdowns (potential playoff teams like the Packers, Jets and Cardinals have each allowed 17) and have recorded 12 interceptions (only the Bills, Broncos, Seahawks and Panthers have more).

The Pats have allowed just two quarterbacks to throw for over 250 yards against them this season, in Matt Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger, but the secondary picked off both of those quarterbacks in those respective wins (Roethlisberger twice).


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Local

D.A. Williams opens new unit to focus exclusively…

D.A. Seth Williams announced Tuesday that he has opened a new unit focused entirely on investigating wrongful conviction claims.

Local

BSL, El to run all night on summer…

Officials announced this week that it would institute a pilot program this summer that would keep the El operational from 5 a.m. Friday morning until midnight Monday morning starting in…

Entertainment

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Going Out

Here's what to do in Philly this weekend

FILM 'Through a Lens Darkly'  Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center 1400 N. American St. Free, RSVP required, 215-232-5678 www.philaphotoarts.org Join Philadelphia…

Arts

Peek behind the scenes at the Academy of…

Generations of visitors have marveled at the dioramas in the Academy of Natural Sciences, watching apprehensively at the puma perpetually poised to attack the unsuspecting…

U.S. Soccer

Andrew Wenger has big shoes to fill on…

Lancaster County native Andrew Wenger will feel pressure to fill the shoes of departer forward Jack McInerney.

NBA

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?

NBA

Sixers, Michael Carter-Williams give fans a happy ending…

The 2013-14 season for the 76ers has nearly come to a close.

NHL

Flyers must make Rangers feel their presence

Perhaps it’s the proximity of the two biggest cities in the East, because whenever these two square off the intensity seems to rise.

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.

Tech

Google Glass finally goes on sale for regular…

The Google Glass finally went on sale for regular people. It only costs $1,500.