Friday, November 15, 2013
Jets' Allen ready to learn from Reed
By Jane McManus
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- If any players stand to lose from Ed Reed's arrival to the New York Jets, it’s Antonio Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett. Those are the two safeties who have been splitting time beside Dawan Landry.
But at least for Allen, he’s not looking at it that way.
“I haven’t really thought about (playing time) yet,” Allen said. “I’m just eager to be a part of this and eager to be a part of something he’s a part of; Super Bowl champion. I just want to accomplish some of the things he’s accomplished in his years.”
Allen said he has a lot to learn from Reed, and has always been impressed by how quickly he’s been able to study the defense. On the practice field Friday, Reed was picking up schemes without needing to have them explained.
“I can see it coming back to him quickly,” Allen said.
Landry and Kellen Winslow, who have played with Reed before, said Jarrett, Allen and Josh Bush can stand to learn a lot from Reed. Landry said he stayed close to Reed during his own rookie year in Baltimore.
“I remember it all, I just pretty much stayed on his back hip,” Landry said.
All that’s left is for Allen to see Reed up close on the field in green and white.
“Very interested to see him play,” Allen said. “He’s a very smart guy, very good safety in this league who has been making plays since I was a youngin. I respect the guys I have a tremendous amount of respect for, and it's good for him to be an asset on this team.”