Young Jets defensive backs thrilled to have Ed Reed around now

Houston Texans free safety Ed Reed leaves the Houston Texans free safety Ed Reed leaves the field after a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Sept. 22, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - "Mr. Reed, how're you doing? I'm your shadow."

Josh Bush's introduction to All-Pro safety Ed Reed Thursday was short and sweet. The sight of Reed on the Jets practice field was surreal for the second-year safety, and he kept his eyes trained on Reed's every move.

Bush, a sixth-round pick last season, said he was hoping the team would find a way to land the future Hall of Famer, following his Tuesday release from Houston. "To be around a guy like him and [veteran safety] Dawan [Landry] is just every young safety's dream."

And Reed, who spent 11 seasons in Baltimore, practices just like his former Ravens teammate Landry. "Full speed," Bush said. "Some guys with those credentials, they don't really give that effort in practice," Bush said. "But he gave that effort."

Despite knocks on Reed's diminished speed and coverage skills, Antonio Cromartie said the nine-time Pro Bowler "moved real good. Just having a guy of his stature and what he can bring to the table just speaks volumes of what we're trying to do defensively and as an organization."

Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, who spent six seasons coaching the Ravens secondary, said his conversation with Reed earlier this week was simple. "[I asked him] 'What do you want to do?' He said, 'Coach, I want to play.' "

And the Jets' hope is that their young defensive backs can learn a thing or two from Reed.

"I saw some of them wanted to get his autograph," Thurman said, jokingly. "He has a presence about him. I'm sure a lot of young guys on our team that watched him play throughout his career and he gets instant respect from the team. Like I said, he has some of that "it" factor too and those are some things that you can't coach, you can't teach."

 

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Jeremy Kerley (elbow), Garrett McIntyre (knee), Kellen Winslow Jr. (rest day) did not practice.

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