A familiar foe for Ed Reed awaits him and a suspect Jets secondary Sunday: Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Wallace burned the Panthers' secondary twice last Sunday and finished with five catches for a season-high 127 yards. Reed, who was beat on a long pass for the only touchdown in last week's loss to the Ravens, is well aware that Wallace is quite a speedy deep threat.
"He definitely is. He's a threat for all snaps. He's their go-to-guy and he's someone we got to make sure we have eyes on at all times," Reed said Tuesday at the Food Bank's Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in Harlem, where he and five other Jets unloaded turkeys and served dinner to people in need.
Reed, because he patrolled the secondary for 11 seasons in Baltimore, is familiar with Wallace, who signed with the Dolphins last offseason after spending his first four seasons -- which includes two of more than 1,000 yards receiving-- with the Steelers.
"Going against Mike before, it's going to be challenging; he's an athlete and we're both from Louisiana, so there's some history there," said Reed, who added that though the Steelers' system differs from Miami's, Wallace remains a prime playmaker.
There's a past but there's no animosity between the two and there won't be any verbal jabs, as far as Reed is concerned.
"No, never that," the free safety said. "I don't think I've ever went back and forth with a player outside of Chad Johnson, when I was having fun with that guy."Safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, who was also at the event, acknowledged defending the deep ball has been an issue and the key to defending Wallace will be to be as physical as possible whenever there is an opportunity.
The Jets' defense has intercepted only six passes and has allowed 250.3 passing yards per game this season. While Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has had his struggles, so has rookie cornerback Dee Milliner, who Reed thinks could start to come around.
"People are going to throw at you as long as they feel like they can make a play," Reed said. "He [Milliner] has the confidence; he just has to continue to get the repetitions. He'll be all right."