NFL notes: Jets' Ed Reed disregards notion his career is just about done
Ed Reed knows all the criticism this season is his own fault.
The New York Jets safety is no longer the hard-hitting, ball-hawking youngster who could single-handedly change a game. But, Reed insists, he's still pretty darn good.
"I understand that the blessing and talents that came down from God that I've been given, I have created a standard for myself," Reed said Thursday. "That standard hasn't been created by fans or [any] person in the media. It's been created by me.
"So, criticism coming from you guys or whoever, I don't worry about it."
In other words, Reed became so great at his position that anything less than his All-Pro-caliber performances from his Baltimore Ravens days make him seem nothing more than ordinary. Or, to some, old and near the end of his NFL career.
Reed thinks he can still play in the league another two years. That might seem a bit surprising to Jets fans or the Houston Texans, who released him last month after just seven games.
Reed was expected to have a significant role in Rex Ryan's defense upon signing with the Jets, and he has started all three games since coming to New York. But the results 15 tackles, one pass defensed and a missed tackle or two haven't exactly endeared him to Jets fans.
Around the league
Patriots • New England re-signed former BYU receiver Austin Collie, who played four games this season before being released after hurting his knee in a 55-31 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 3.
Also, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was given another year of probation and 30 additional days in jail as a result of a drinking-and-driving incident in Nebraska last summer.
Bears • Quarterback Jay Cutler (ankle sprain) and linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder fracture) will miss Monday night vs. Dallas.
Browns • Quarterback Jason Campbell practiced for the first time since sustaining a concussion and could start Sunday at New England.
Week 14 schedule
Houston at Jacksonville, 6:25 p.m., NFL
Atlanta at Green Bay, 11 a.m.
Minnesota at Baltimore, 11 a.m., Ch. 13
Kansas City at Washington, 11 a.m.
Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 11 a.m.
Miami at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m.
Detroit at Philadelphia, 11 a.m.
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 11 a.m.
Cleveland at New England, 11 a.m.
Oakland at N.Y. Jets, 11 a.m.
Tennessee at Denver, 2:05 p.m., Ch. 2
Seattle at San Francisco, 2:25 p.m., Ch. 13
N.Y. Giants at San Diego, 2:25 p.m.
St. Louis at Arizona, 2:25 p.m.
Carolina at New Orleans, 6:30 p.m., Ch. 5
Dallas at Chicago, 6:40 p.m., ESPN