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The Houston Texans recently acquired nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed during the free agency period. Despite what some analysts have called a risky pick-up, he should be considered the perfect tool for the Texans to reach the Super Bowl.
With the departure of safety Glover Quinn, the Texans pushed to sign Reed to a three-year contract that would reunite him with his longtime friend and former teammate at the University of Miami, Andre Johnson. Personality-wise, the two are polar opposites as Johnson leads by example while Reed is an emotional leader who pushes teammates, something that the Texans have been missing. Combining the two leadership styles could be very beneficial.
Even though the Texans won 13 games last season, two games in particular revealed their chief weakness, the secondary. Both Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady exposed the secondary in the regular season, recording an absurd average of 41 points and a combined 10 touchdowns.
With Reed’s presence in the backfield, joining Jonathan Joseph, Brian Cushing and defensive player of the year J.J. Watt, seems to be a recipe for success.
Reed’s addition provides a vocal leader on and off the field who brings veteran leadership from one of the best ball hawks to ever play the game. A perennial Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer, Reed has an NFL-record of 1,541 interception yards and is 10th in NFL history with 61 interceptions.
In his final season with Super Bowl XLVII champions the Baltimore Ravens, the 34-year old recorded a team high four interceptions, one of which was in the Super Bowl, extending his NFL record of post-season interceptions to nine. Hopefully he will continue his record-setting ways and help bring home the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy next February.