Height/Weight: 5′ 11″/200 lbs
Age: 31/Experience: 9
College: The U
Analysis: Six time Pro Bowler. AP Defensive Player of the Year (2004). USA Today All-Decade Team member. 13 career defensive touchdowns. What can you say about Ed Reed to a Ravens fan that they don’t already know? The future hall of fame safety has earned his nickname, the ball hawk, in his 9 seasons in the National Football League.
Reed is the Ravens franchise leader in interceptions with 46, the most in the NFL since he entered the league and leads in interception return yards with 1,255. He recorded a 107-yard return TD in 2008, breaking the previous record that he set in 2004.
Reed has battled injuries his whole career. Last season he was sidelined four games with several injuries, but earned his sixth trip to the Pro Bowl, after a season that included 54 solo tackles, 3 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions for 111 yards.
2010 Outlook: With the release of the 53 man roster, the Ravens stated that Ed Reed will begin the season on the physically unable to perform list after hip surgery this off season. Tom Zbikowski will replace the veteran and Reed will look to make a return after week six.
The hope for the Ravens is that Reed will solidify the Ravens secondary, a weakness on their defense. Reed has always been known to baffle quarterbacks at safety, though in recent years his freelance style has left members of the Ravens secondary out to dry. Often the risk is well worth the reward, especially with Reed who is always a playmaker for the purple and black. Baltimore fans hope that the ball hawk will make a speedy recovery and return to the secondary as a play maker in 2010.