Re: Josh Reed to visit New England
posted at 3/8/2010 10:05 AM EST
There wasn’t a ton of movement on the free agent front yesterday, but the action should start to pick up with the Patriots [team stats] today as the secondary tier of players start to make their case.
The Pats are set to bring in free agent Josh Reed for a visit today. It’s no secret the Pats are in need of wide receiver help, and the 29-year-old, who has spent his entire career with the Buffalo Bills, would upgrade the depth at the position.
While the 5-foot-10, 210-pound Reed did not enjoy his most productive year last season (27 catches, 291 yards), it’s important to remember the woeful offense he played in, as well as the quarterback troubles the Bills endured.
Reed is not on par with Anquan Boldin, who the Pats attempted to acquire from Arizona Friday only to lose out to Baltimore, but coach Bill Belichick has always liked him.
Prior to the Pats’ second meeting with the Bills last season, Belichick heaped a ton of praise on Reed, who has had some very good games against the Pats during his eight seasons.
“He’s very hard to tackle,” Belichick said on Dec. 18. “Do you remember the slip screen he caught against us a couple years ago up there (in Buffalo)? He broke about seven tackles on the touchdown run. (He is) tough with the ball in his hands.”
Reed made four catches for 63 yards in that late-season loss to the Pats. The former second-round pick played for Nick Saban - a good friend of Belichick - at LSU. Reed, who turns 30 in May, has had a pair of 50-plus catch seasons.