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Ravens’ Ed Reed: Accuracy A Big Reason For Robert Griffin III’s Passing Success

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Ed Reed has intercepted 61 passes in his 10-plus seasons, the most in the NFL since he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens out of Miami in 2002. Four of those interceptions have come this season, including one he returned for 34 yards against Pittsburgh last Sunday.

He’ll face a different challenge this weekend when he faces the Washington Redskins and quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has thrown only four interceptions against his 17 touchdown passes during his rookie year.

“I mean, he’s pretty precise [when] he’s getting rid of the ball,” Reed said. “He seems to have guys open. I mean, that’s the key to it, really. You see him throwing the ball to guys that don’t have guys on them – tight coverage, I should say. He’s throwing to open guys, you know? I mean, for the most part.

“And when he does throw to guys that are covered, he’s putting the ball there accurate. He’s an accurate quarterback and a good decision-maker, and to be running the option and making plays the way he’s made plays, you have to be a good decision-maker.”

Griffin ranks sixth in the NFL with a completion percentage of 67.1 and his quarterback rating is third at 104.4. He is tied with New England’s Tom Brady and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger for the fewest interceptions thrown amongst quarterbacks with at least nine starts.

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