Ed Reed Benched By Texans

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Houston (CBS Houston) – Ed Reed was the Texans big-ticket acquisition this off-season. But his first eight games with the Texans haven’t been worth the price of admission.

(Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

(Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

After missing the first two games due to injury, Reed has yet to register a win in a Texans uniform. The team still lists him as a starter but against the Colts it was D.J. Swearinger and Shiloh Keo who started the game at safety, neither had ever started an NFL game coming into this season. Meanwhile, Reed was used almost exclusively as the third safety in the dime package.

Reed’s stats hardly read like the impact player the Texans thought they were signing. He has recorded 16 tackles, no sacks, and no interceptions in the six games he’s played. Perhaps more telling – for a player known as one of the NFL’s best ball hawk’s – Reed has not gotten his hands on a single pass. According to the NFL’s official statistics he hasn’t recorded a pass defense this year.

Reed’s three year $15 million deal with the Texans features non-guaranteed salaries of $4 million and $5 million in 2014 and 2015. He could potentially be a cap casualty this offseason as the Texans could look to create cap space to resign J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson.

Reed was unavailable for comment Wednesday.


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