Ed Reed wants to be tested

October, 23, 2013
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HOUSTON -- Last season quarterbacks targeted Ed Reed 38 times and he allowed a passer rating of 87.1, according to Pro Football Focus. In 2011, they did so 37 times and he allowed a passer rating of 41.8. In 2010, the season Reed started on the physically unable to perform list after having hip surgery, Reed was targeted 30 times and he gave up a passer rating of 71.5 and allowed four touchdowns.

This year?

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Reed has played in five games and been targeted three times.

He wants that to change.

"I don’t think none of them are going to test me," Reed said. "I hope so. I’m looking forward to it. I want them to test me. That way I can really showcase the question marks that everybody’s putting up."

Those question marks come form those wondering how effective Reed can be anymore. He's battled two injuries, but he says his health is fine right now.

"My grade scale tends to be a little bit higher, but that’s fine by me," Reed said. "Overall, I think Sunday was probably my worst one since I’ve been here, though it wasn’t that bad. I’m not getting the ball thrown my way. It tends to be, ‘Where’s Ed? Where’s Ed?’ Where is the ball going?

"I’m still focused. I’m still able to do the things that I know I can do, that I’ve been doing. It’s just a matter of getting opportunities and taking advantage of those opportunities. But at the same time, I can’t be lackadaisical. So when it’s time for me to make any play, whether it’s a tackle, fumble recovery, anything that it might be. Definitely will see a change."

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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