Against Oakland, we saw the good (career interception No. 62) and the bad (the collision with Antonio Cromartie) from Ed Reed. No one is disputing the career that Ed Reed has had, but JP Pelzman writes for the Bergen Record that his overuse has impacted the progression of players like Antonio Allen.
Allen finally saw an increase in playing time, but Pelzman notes that much of it came in one chunk when Reed was pulled from the lineup when Raiders coach Dennis Allen inexplicably removed Matt McGloin in favor of Terrelle Pryor during the first half.
… against Oakland on Sunday, [Ed Reed] played only 46 of 69 defensive snaps, and sat out the entire series when mobile Terrelle Pryor took over at quarterback for the Raiders.
Reed said after the game he wasn’t upset with the reduction in playing time.
“Coach [Ryan] just wanted to keep a good rotation of the safeties, like he has been,” Reed said. “We’ve been doing that since I’ve gotten here. He wants to keep those guys acclimated to what the defense is doing. For me to get a rest at any point, it’s welcome, but at the same time, you want to compete and play. I know those guys want to play. We all watch film together.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe Jets held the mobile Pryor to three carries for four yards. Allen didn’t get credited (he might have as one was attributed to Bilal Powell … No. 29 / No. 39 … hmm … ) for any of those tackles, but he was in on all of the plays and helped limit the carries.
The use of Allen against the mobile quarterback is an interesting wrinkle and has us thinking about what we might see this weekend against Cam Newton and the Panthers. Yes, Reed has some deep range, but the Jets hesitance to deploy him more than occasionally around the line of scrimmage might tell the tale.
Newton is running the ball slightly less than he has in year’s past, but it is still a major part of his game to which his 495 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns can attest. We don’t expect that Reed won’t see the field this Sunday, but the Jets would be wise to expand their use of Antonio Allen against Newton. Dawan Landry and Ed Reed are both over 30 and Newton’s speed and ability to run the ball could be deadly against the Jets.