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Jets Q&A: Ed Reed not to blame for deep balls, Rex Ryan says

Ed Reed, who was just acquired by the

Ed Reed, who was just acquired by the Jets, warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Nov. 17, 2013) Credit: Getty

Did Ed Reed look rusty?

The future Hall of Famer not only played three days after signing with the Jets but also started Sunday in place of second-year safety Antonio Allen.

Poor technique and execution by the Jets' secondary led to several deep-ball plays by the Bills. But if anyone was to blame for those miscues, it wasn't Reed, said Rex Ryan.

"They never threw it over Ed's side on the deep ball, so I don't believe that was the case,'' Ryan said.

Reed, who blitzed on T.J. Graham's 34-yard touchdown catch that made it 10-0, said he didn't mind being put to work so early in his Jets tenure. He was in on three tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss.

"I was ready for whatever," Reed said, citing his familiarity with Ryan's defense and his relationship with safety Dawan Landry, a teammate for five seasons with the Ravens. "Being limited over the last few weeks, I'm pretty fresh and ready to go.''

Asked why he would choose to come to a team with a rookie quarterback in Geno Smith -- as opposed to the Tom Brady-led Patriots, who also were interested in him -- Reed insisted he is happy.

"That decision is already made,'' the 12-year veteran said. "I'm here. I'm comfortable with the decision I made, I'm comfortable with the team I'm on, I'm comfortable with the scheme, and that's all the difference in the world.''

How did Matt Simms feel about his first career touchdown pass?

Happy, but only to a point. "Who really cares about a late touchdown like that?'' Simms said of his 13-yard scoring pass to Jeff Cumberland in the fourth quarter, before which the Jets trailed 34-7.

Still, it was a milestone for the young backup, and the equipment staff kept the ball for him as a souvenir.

Later, Simms threw what should have been an interception in the end zone, but the ball was dropped.

Simms completed 4 of 6 for 60 yards and a 138.9 passer rating -- 128.8 points higher than Smith's. Nevertheless, Ryan said Smith will remain the starter for now.

"I was just happy to get a little experience out there, just show some of the veterans on the offensive line that I can come in and do a good job,'' said Simms, who also saw playing time in a blowout loss to the Bengals. "Now it's just back to the drawing board, back to work and get ready for next week.''

What did David Nelson say about taking a beatdown from the Bills?

Nelson made it clear last week that this matchup with his former team wouldn't be just "another game.'' But the former Bills receiver never got to stick it to his old club.

"It was tough,'' said Nelson, who was targeted three times and had one catch for 12 yards. "You definitely want to come out here and make a statement. Today definitely didn't go the way I planned -- in all phases. Personally, collectively. Just nothing seemed to go right today. Just one of those days.''

Speaking of wide receivers . . . has anyone seen Stephen Hill?

The Jets' offense sure hasn't. The second-year receiver was targeted seven times and had zero catches. It's the second straight game without a catch for the former second-round pick.

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