Thursday, March 21, 2013
AFC South links: Reaction to Ed Reed deal
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN Insider Field Yates examines how safety Ed Reed will impact the Texans.
"The Texans have leadership. But you can never have too much. Reed brings a special flavor that this franchise has lacked," writes the Houston Chronicle's Jerome Solomon.
Reed won't put the Texans over the top in the AFC, writes CBSSports.com's Clark Judge. They need elite quarterback play to take the next step.
However, Judge's colleague, Mike Freeman, thinks the signing was brilliant. "Not only are Reed's physical abilities still impressive, his leadership will help a team that sometimes seems like it lacks intestinal fortitude in big games," argues Freeman.
Now that Donnie Avery has signed elsewhere, where do the Colts stand at wide receiver? Craig Kelley of Colts.com explores in his mailbag.
The Colts could still address wide receiver in the free-agent market, according to owner Jim Irsay. “We want to add another wide receiver if we can,” Irsay said at the owners meetings in Phoenix, Ariz.
How should the team handle its travel schedule for its late October game against the 49ers in London? Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union takes a look at how other teams have recently handled the extended road trip.
Jaguars fan Dave Uible sent a letter to team owner Shad Khan, complaining that the way the "Kiss Cam" segment operates at EverBank Field is homophobic, reports Chris Strauss of USA Today.
Running back Chris Johnson weighed in on the team signing free agent Shonn Greene to a three-year, $10 million deal. Johnson: "I have never been a big fan of the two-back system, so I don’t know how we plan on using him,” Johnson said according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. “I’m not afraid of competition, but I was thinking we’d maybe get a draft pick for the other back. And you don’t give a guy that kind of money to be just a goal-line guy and in tough-yardage situations. So we’ll see what happens.”
Johnson isn't a fan of the new rule banning ball carriers from initiating contact with the crown of their helmet in the open field, reports Wyatt. “You are taught that since you are a kid -- to lower your head when you run the football,” Johnson said. “It’s a crazy rule. I don’t see how they passed it.”