J. R. Reed
|No. 30, 32|
|Born:||February 11, 1982|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||202 lb (92 kg)|
|High school:||Hillsborough (Tampa, Florida)|
|NFL Draft:||2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 129|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
Herbert Lee "J. R." Reed (born February 11, 1982) is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played football at Hillsborough High School to later go on and play college football at South Florida, where he is the school's career leader in interceptions.
First stint with Eagles
In early 2005, Reed suffered an injury which ended his 2005 season. While jumping a fence near his home in Tampa, Reed cut the back of his knee and sustained damage to the peroneal nerve that affects movement in his lower leg and foot.
He returned to the Eagles with the aid of a special brace and played in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Oakland Raiders on August 6, 2006. Reed's comeback was cut short as the Eagles released him on the final day of cuts before the season.
St. Louis Rams
Reed signed with the Atlanta Falcons in December of that year to provide depth for Atlanta's depleted secondary. The Falcons cut him following the season.
New York Giants
Second stint with Eagles
The Eagles re-signed him the next day. However, Reed muffed a critical punt late in the first game of the season against the Green Bay Packers. This led to his subsequent release and the Eagles' signing of Reno Mahe. However, he was re-signed within weeks to back up injured All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins. Reed has since returned to the Eagles' special teams and has resumed his role of kick returner. In a week 12 game against the New England Patriots, Reed was named the starter at the strong safety position when Sean Considine and Quintin Mikell could not play due to injuries.
New York Jets
University of South Florida
On July 21, 2009, Reed agreed to rejoin his alma mater by joining the USF staff as a graduate assistant to the defense.