The Houston Texans were hoping that signing veteran safety and future Hall of Famer Ed Reed would be a boost to the defense and allow them to finally upgrade at safety, but he has been a huge disappointment since joining the team.
Whether it be nagging injuries or just poor production, Reed has been struggling and it ended up with him losing the starting job.
Reed recently opened up to the media about his benching and let everyone know that he is still a team player, but it was hard for him to deal with being out of the starting line up.
“I’m human,” Reed said, via Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. “I have trial and tribulations like anybody else. Did I accept it well? No, I didn’t because I look at the tape as well. I’m grading, not just myself, but us a whole. At the same time, like I said, I understand this game. I understand where I’m at. I understand communication with my coach and what he’s trying to accomplish, what we’re trying to accomplish. At the end of the day, that’s for the betterment of the team.
“I also know that I didn’t have the reps to show that I can still do what I do even if I’m on the field. . . . But they haven’t thrown my way, not anywhere close. I think the ball has come close to me twice. Am I not doing my job or am I not being tested?”
Players always slow down at the end of their careers and Reed’s body has certainly been through plenty, so he may need to consider hanging it up if he wants to avoid any disappointments in the future.