December 16, 2013

MVP Profile: Ed Reed, 2004

Safety, Baltimore Ravens

Age: 26 (Sept. 11)
3rd season in pro football & with Ravens
College: Miami (FL)
Height: 5’11” Weight: 200

Reed was chosen by the Ravens in the first round (24th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft and was inserted into the starting lineup at strong safety. He quickly made an impression with his skill as a tackler combined with his ballhawking ability. Reed had five interceptions as a rookie, which he returned for 167 yards. He quickly developed into a premier player at his position and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time after a 2003 season in which he intercepted 7 passes.

2004 Season Summary
Appeared in all 16 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Sacks – 2
Most sacks, game – 1 at Washington 10/10, at Philadelphia 10/31
Interceptions – 9 [1]
Most interceptions, game – 2 at Cincinnati 9/26
Int. return yards – 358 [1]
Most int. return yards, game – 106 (on 1 int.) vs. Cleveland 11/7
Int. TDs – 1
Fumble recoveries – 2
Fumble rec. TDs – 1
Forced fumbles – 3
Tackles – 64
Assists – 14

TDs – 2
Points – 12

Awards & Honors:
NFL Defensive Player of the Year: AP
1st team All-NFL: AP, PFWA, Sporting News
1st team All-AFC: Pro Football Weekly
Pro Bowl

Ravens went 9-7 to finish second in the AFC North while leading the NFL in allowing the fewest passing touchdowns (14, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers).

Reed had a lesser year in 2005 as injuries limited him to 10 games but, shifted to free safety, came back strong in ’06 as he regained his status as one of the dominant defensive players in the NFL. He was a consensus first-team All-NFL selection on five occasions, received at least second-team consideration after three other seasons, and was named to nine Pro Bowls, including seven straight from 2006-12. Reed led the league in interceptions twice more, with 9 in 2008 and 8 in 2010 and, through the 2012 season, had a career total of 61. After 11 seasons capped by a championship in ’12, Reed left the Ravens and signed with the Houston Texans for 2013 but was waived during the season and signed by the Jets, which reunited him with former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.


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