Friday, November 15, 2013
Reed's potential impact on playing time
By Rich Cimini
Newly signed safety Ed Reed will have a "defined role" Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, said New York Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, adding: "We’re going to use him in situations where we feel like he can help us be successful."
Presumably, that means passing situations where he can do what he does best -- play the deep middle in a single-high safety look. Of course, it wouldn't be at all surprising if Reed plays a significant amount of snaps. That would mean more bench time for Antonio Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett, who have been sharing the No. 2 safety spot.
Here's a breakdown of how the Jets have divided the playing time at safety through nine games:
Dawan Landry -- 620/626 snaps (99 percent)
Antonio Allen -- 397/626 snaps (63 percent)
Jaiquawn Jarrett -- 234/626 snaps (37 percent)
Josh Bush -- 47/626 snaps (8 percent)