FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Ravens safety Ed Reed looks like a sure bet to one day be enshrined in the NFL's Hall of Fame, as he has established himself as perhaps the greatest free safety to ever play the game.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been effusive in his praise of Reed in the past, and was asked on Wednesday what he admires most about his career.
"Ed Reed’s career? It’s everything; his production," he replied. "He's had fabulous production at whatever he’s done, including blocking kicks and returning kicks and things like that. His interceptions, his interception return yardages, his instinctiveness and his play-making ability, how consistent he's been over time. He just does things that nobody else at that position does or I don’t know if they’ve ever done it. He’s special. He's really special."
Receiver Brandon Lloyd added that Reed is the type of impact player in the secondary that a receiver keeps an eye on before every play.
"You definitely keep an eye on him," Lloyd noted. "There are not very many times in my responsibilities where I’m responsible for Ed, but he is a playmaker and he is one of those guys that always catches your eye on film because he has a nose for the ball. He is a great player. He and Ray Lewis are probably two of the most influential players in our era of football and so there impact on the game is enormous and you keep an eye on those guys when watching film."