Reed looking forward to role in 46 defense

Safety thinks talented secondary will make its share of plays

June 14, 2005|By Steve DeClue | Steve DeClue,Special to

On the second day of mandatory veterans camp for the Ravens, safety Ed Reed spoke to the media for the first time this offseason and expressed his excitement with the new 46 defensive scheme.

"It's definitely going to help us to get the guys to throw the ball quickly, put some pressure on the quarterback and make things a lot easier," Reed said.

Reed was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season and showed a knack for making the big play, including his 106-yard interception returned for a touchdown to seal a win against the Cleveland Browns.

"It's gonna be interesting to see how it plays out this year," he said. "Even if I make those plays or I don't make those plays, so long as we get the 'W' is all that matters."

With cornerback Chris McAlister, the return of Deion Sanders, the addition of cornerback Samari Rolle and cornerback Dale Carter fully recovered from his blood clot, the Ravens secondary is bound to make plays.

"It's going to be a very exciting year, with guys having a lot of fun," Reed said. "You can actually see guys are having fun and making plays and getting our hands on some balls, but it's going to be interesting to see how guys try to come at us."

Despite rumors that Reed was unhappy with his contract and might hold out, he attended the voluntary minicamp last week and has been present for the first two days of mandatory veterans camp this week.

"I'm definitely happy, I'm here," he said. "I'm blessed enough to be here today, and that's all that matters to me."

Like linebacker Ray Lewis, Reed did not go into detail regarding his current contract situation and when a new deal might get done.

"I feel good, and when it happens, it happens," Reed said.

Cornerback Deion Sanders was back at practice today after being excused yesterday for personal reasons, but he participated in a limited role. Sanders spent much of his day alongside defensive coordinator Rex Ryan watching the defense before going off on his own to run at the end of practice.

Notes: Reed hosted a group of honor roll students from Booker T. Washington Middle School, taking time to talk with them and sign autographs after practice. ... Defensive end Terrell Suggs, running back Jamal Lewis and placekicker Matt Stover were all excused from today's practice. ... Wide receiver Mark Clayton (hamstring) practiced but did not participate in team drills.

June 14, 2005, 2:01 PM EDT

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