When the Texans signed Ed Reed in March, they treated the signing like they had landed the Ed Reed of like 2005. But Reed missed the first two games of the year while recovering from offseason hip surgery and has played poorly enough since returning that he appears to have lost his starting job at free safety.
Reed didn't started Houston's game against the Colts last week and was on the field for just 32 snaps. In comparison, D.J. Swearinger was on the field for all 62 of the Texans' defensive snaps. Shiloh Keo was on the field for 48.
In the six games Reed has played in, he has just 16 tackles and has yet to record an interception, a pass deflection or a forced fumble.