Ed Reed finally gets an INT -- and a win

December, 8, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ed Reed knew he was stuck on 61 career interceptions.

The 12-year veteran had recorded at least one interception in each of his previous 11 seasons, but entering Sunday's game against Oakland, Reed had yet to tally a pick this season.

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounEd Reed got his first interception of the season against the Raiders.
"I felt good coming into this game," Reed said. "I wasn't worried about it because I don't worry about what would happen in the game. You just play and try to do your job to the best of your ability."

In the second quarter, Reed finally notched No. 62. And the streak lived on.

Reed has 12 straight seasons with at least one interception after he picked off Matt McGloin in the Jets' 37-27 win over the Raiders on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Reed is now tied for eighth all-time with 62 career interceptions, matching Dave Brown and Dick LeBeau.

With the Jets' win, Reed also participated in his first victory of the year. Reed had been 0-10 this season in games he played spanning his time with the Texans, and 0-3 as a Jet entering Sunday.

"I'm happy to have it," Reed said of the interception. "Happy to have 62. Happy to have a pick. More important -- just to get a win and give ourselves a chance going forward."

With the Jets ahead 10-3 in the second quarter and Oakland facing a third down at its own four, McGloin tried to sneak a pass to Andre Holmes. Reed jumped the route and returned it to the four-yard line. The Jets ultimately kicked a field goal to go ahead 13-3.

"I just knew it was coming. Sooner or later Ed's going to be Ed. He's always around the ball," said Jets safety Dawan Landry, who played with Reed in Baltimore. "One of the best ball hawkers to ever play the game. You knew it was going to come and I'm just glad he got one today."

Sunday provided a rare positive day for Reed in a season that perhaps has been the toughest of his career. He's had little effect in the 11 games he's played with the Jets and Texans, which ultimately led to the Texans releasing him midseason. With the Jets, he's failed to upgrade the secondary. He also went more than half a season without experiencing a win.

"I've won plenty of games in my life and I know one thing that you don't do about yourself -- it's a great team victory," Reed said of his first win. "We battled the last few weeks since I've been here and last week we fought hard to stay focused and maintain great work ethic and we did that as a team and came out and got a good victory against a good team."

While Reed previously had been playing almost every defensive play with the Jets, New York cut his snaps against Oakland. He was removed in the first half when quarterback Terrelle Pryor entered for a series, and didn't play every snap when McGloin was the quarterback. In the second half, however, he splayed his usual snaps.

Reed had no qualm with his reduced role.

"Coach just wanted to keep a good rotation of the safeties, like he has been," Reed said. "I'm alright with whatever coach wants to do. I played a lot of football. So for me to get a rest at any point it's welcomed, but at the same time you want to compete, you want to play. I know those guys want to play and we all watch film together. I know we all can do it."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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