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The postseason is Ed Reed’s time to shine

Street Talk The postseason is Ed Reed’s time to shine

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Evident patches of grey hair on Ed Reed’s head show that father time is beginning to catch up with the future Hall of Fame safety.

Reed is still relatively young (34), but in football years, he’s on the level of someone at a senior citizens home playing bingo five times per week.

His body is battered and bruised but his mind still remains one of the best to ever be covered with a helmet. Reed’s knowledge of not only the game but of managing his body after an 11-year tenure in the NFL has been an asset to a Ravens defense that has been rattled with injuries all season long. Only Reed and cornerback Cary Williams have started every game during the regular season on defense.

Sunday could begin what very well could be the potential final playoff run – at least in Baltimore – of Reed’s career.

The Wild Card matchup with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck is one that should give Reed the upper hand against one of the NFL’s brightest young stars. Luck is a phenomenal talent and as a Stanford graduate, he clearly has the brains to go along with it. On Sunday, Luck will probably find out that Reed practically has a doctorate in quarterback psychology with how he’s able to consistently manipulate the minds of his opponents.

Reed has consistently shined during the playoffs. During his 11 career postseason games, he has eight interceptions, which is the most among active players. If Reed is able to intercept another pass, he’ll be tied with three other players for the most in NFL postseason history.

It’s clear that this year has been far from Reed’s best season but a matchup against the rookie Luck should make for a great side story on Sunday.

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Kris Jones

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Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series Goobvision propelled his career and notoriety amongst Ravens fans, even helping him win the 2010 nationwide DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan contest. He's been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Sirius XM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, Sirius XM's MadDog Radio, The Michael Irvin Show, Tony Bruno Show, Two Live Stews and FoxSports.com to name a few (or is that a lot?). He's caught a touchdown pass from Warren Moon during a flag football game and hates the Pittsburgh Steelers more than anyone else on the face of the earth. Twitter: RavenManiac  More from Kris Jones
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