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Old 03-14-2013   #528
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Default Re: Ed Reed to visit Texans

Swagger is his game.

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What Ed Reed would add to the Texans
March, 14, 2013
5:36 PM ET
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com

Ed Reed wonít be a long-term solution if he becomes the Texans new free safety. While heís sure to make plays, heís also sure to gamble and miss, and as he's 35 he tends to get banged up, so there is the risk of missing time.

What offsets that?

Well, heís arguably the best safety of his generation, and he brings a big degree of something Glover Quin didnít have the resume to really generate: Swagger.

Call it overrated. But as last season wore on, the Texans lost their swagger. And who on defense outside of J.J. Watt really deserved to have the sort of confidence that breeds a you-can't-beat-me and a you-canít-beat-us attitude?

Antonio Smith maybe.

Other candidates?

Not cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who wasnít the same player in his second year with the team, in part because of injuries. Not outside linebacker Connor Barwin, whose play dropped off substantially from the year before. Not outside linebacker Brooks Reed, who missed time hurt late in the regular season.

A lack of swagger wonít be a problem for the defense if Ed Reed is on the field, and heís a guy that plays with enough that it rubs off on other guys. He and Watt can provide it in spades.

Itís too bad he can pass only so much on to the offense, where only Andre Johnson, Duane Brown and Arian Foster really have it.
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