Reed Already Leads Ravens In Picks

Safety Ed Reed has also matched his 2009 interception total through just two games.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

In two games since coming off the Physically Unable to Perform List, Ravens safety Ed Reed has already equaled his interception total from all of 2009.

With an interception and 18-yard return in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, Reed now has three picks on the season. That’s tops on the Ravens’ roster.

Another thing to remember, as Reed said after the game, is this still feels to him like his second week of Training Camp.

“I really didn’t set a goal for this,” Reed said. “I just wanted to come back and play up to my caliber that I could play at. I still have a process of staying healthy and being healthy and getting to where I want to get.”

One person not surprised by how well Reed is playing is Head Coach John Harbaugh.

“He’s worked really hard, I think, to get himself prepared for the time he was going to come back,” Harbaugh said. “I think it’s just a tribute to him, the kind of person he is, how important it is to him, and the caliber of player he is. I’ve always said it many times: I think he’s going to be a first ballot Hall of Famer, and that’s the way he’s playing.”

The Ravens secondary had two interceptions in the six games with Reed sidelined by his hip injury – one by cornerback Chris Carr and another by safety Ken Hamlin on a Hail Mary.

With Reed back in uniform, cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Josh Wilson also intercepted passes Sunday versus Miami. The Ravens have five interceptions in two games with Reed.

“With Ed Reed back, he makes us step our game up because we want to be just as good as him,” said Webb, who added that he feels more comfortable going for picks knowing he has Reed behind him.

“He makes all of us better. I know the quarterback is thinking Ed Reed is back there. They’re scared of Ed Reed, basically.”

Just because he’s back on the field doesn’t mean Reed has stopped coaching either. After Webb’s first career interception, Reed told him he would have had a touchdown if he remained along the near sideline instead of crossing the field. Webb was pushed out of bounds at the 4-yard line.

“I learned that from you!” Webb shouted to Reed in the locker room.

“You can’t do everything I do,” Reed responded with a laugh.

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