Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson has shown from the beginning of his tenure that he is never afraid to pull the trigger on a trade, whether high profile, like the Vontae Davis deal, or the potential or personnel-focused types, like the deals that brought FB Stanly Havili, LB Kelvin Sheppard, and CB Cassius Vaughn to town.
Today, Grigson and the Colts made another deal, sending fourth string power running back Delone Carter to the Baltimore Ravens for fourth year wide receiver and kick returner David Reed (6-0, 195, 26 yrs. old). Reed only has 5 career receptions for 66 yards, but his real value is as a kick returner and special teams player.
Here is the information on Reed and Carter from the Colts’ press release:
Reed, 6-0, 195 pounds, has appeared in 29 career games with Baltimore, totaling 39 kickoff returns for 1,150 yards (29.5 avg.), including a 103-yard touchdown return. He has also contributed with 19 special teams tackles. As a rookie in 2010, Reed led the NFL by averaging 29.3 yards per kickoff return, recording 616 yards on 21 returns. He also posted a then-Ravens-record 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half at Houston on December 13, 2010. Following that performance, he was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Carter was originally selected by the Colts in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. For his career, he has played in 26 games (three starts) and has registered 499 rushing yards and five touchdowns to go along with six receptions for 31 yards.
Reed didn’t run a blazing fast 40-yard dash at the 2010 Scouting Combine (4.56 seconds), but a 29.5-yard kickoff return average certainly speaks for itself. Click here for a video of Reed’s 103-yard kickoff return against the Texans. He can break tackles better than the typical “small” kickoff returner, at least in the video, and he seems to know when to follow his blocks and when to turn on the jets in the open field (Of course, I’m basing this on one YouTube video).
After two solid years returning kicks, Reed lost his spot as the Ravens’ top returner to former Texan Jacoby Jones, who returned 38 kicks last season for a career best (by a wide margin) 1167 yards and two touchdowns.
This, like the Jerry Hughes-Kelvin Sheppard exchange, eventually could prove to be a good move for both players, each of whom had become expendable on their former team. Carter gets a chance for a fresh start, and Reed joins a team perpetually in need of a good kickoff returner.
Player information courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts.
For those who still want to know a little more about Reed, here is a link to his NFL.com Scouting Combine profile from 2010. Keep in mind those profiles aren’t necessarily accurate representations. Kavell Connor’s said he wasn’t instinctive against the run.
Last KR we had that I thought could earn a paycheck for that one skill was Brad Pyatt circa 2003/04. Before his career was cut short by injury.... Reed sounds like he has potential. Effective, efficient trade. If you are going to have a pure specialist, like a guy who only returns or kicks off (or, cough, QB), he better give you a significant advantage.
I would also like to point out, maybe it is the Ravens ST's in general, their returners tend to have a lot of success on KR's... just a thought.
I say fire Grigson immediately. How can he trade a running back when Donald Brown, a former late first round draft pick who does not rush for 2500 yards every season, is still on the roster?
(Again, just in case, the above was written in sarcasm font.)
I hope so too. He'll be competing with Kerwynn Williams and possibly Maurice Williams, the AFL receiver they signed on Monday. Should make it interesting. -MD
Apparently Reed was disliked among Ravens fans because of this game
Weve been in desperate need of a consistent running game for how long now? Praying this turns out to be a good move for us.
@MarcusDugan I hope this pans out for us.
Leave it to Grigs to always look to improve the roster, even on special teams. Both teams considered these players expendable, and they would be useful to the other organization.
If he makes the team, mainly as a KRer, Williams is gone. Carter was going to be cut anyway, so this is a nice thing the Colts are doing for him too. No risk, possible some reward move.
Gotta love Ryan Grigson. That man never sleeps ! The cumulative effect of these little win-win trades he keeps making has got to be really, really positive. Getting value for a player who didn't stand a chance of making your roster is pretty doggone slick !
@Bobman1 Didn't Brad Pyatt have a big return during the big comeback against the Bucs on Dungy's birthday in 2003?
Just to be clear, I am tweeking the Brown haters. Do I believe Donald is an All-Pro? Of course not.
But to me, far too many Colts fans and members of the local media completely discount him. His only sin being that he was a late first round draft pick and has not morphed into The Edge 2.0.
People forget that the Colts struggled so much in 2010 (by their standards), that it came down to a late season game against the Jags (yes, the Jacksonville Jaguars!!!) for the division title. The Colts won and the star of that game... Donald Brown.
When Peyton missed the 2011 season, alot of fans also turned it out. (Don't really blame them.) But to those of us that watched, the best offensive player that year... Donald Brown.
I admit I still laugh at his missed assignment in the Ravens playoff game, leading to him being immortalized on YouTube by causing a nice, Christian boy like Peyton to GD him.
And alas, that is the unfair image that has remained in alot of people's minds about him.
@DougEngland Brown has compromising pictures of Grigson from his freshman year at Purdue. He got them from his Bilderberg buddies. He's untouchable man. Just let it go.
Yeah, I like Carter too, such a hard worker. He's just seems like a nice guy, and he has a degree in child and family studies, which I always thought was kinda cool.
Very NBA-like. We've had three this year, and all three of them have been swaps for better personnel fits. They do it in basketball a lot (because they can't just cut a guy), but I think it's a classy move for a football GM that ends up potentially benefitting everyone.
@Charlie Smith My favorite part of that video is watching Lynch break Ray's ankles on the head fake. Wow.
I hope he doesn't try something like that here. I almost used a picture of him playing against the Seahawks, not knowing about that play. I'm glad I opted for the more current photo.
@Charlie Smith I've seen worse by Colts returners.
@JayScott1195 Same here. It's two guys who'd been rendered expendable, so potentially a win win.
@unitas19 Championships are built on depth. Looks like Grigs understands that.
@smonroe Maurice Williams, the AFL KR they just signed on Monday, has to be wondering what the hell he got himself into now. The left his team to come here, and they get another guy two days later.
I guess now we have a heck of a three way competition for the KR job
@MarcusDugan @smonroe It is possible they decided to acquire Maurice Williams before they knew a trade for Reed was possible. I guess what it comes down to is who returns better over the next 2 preseason games.
It interests me is what they are going to do at RB position if either M. Williams or D. Reed is convincing as a returner. They got rid of Carter but they still got Bradshaw, Brown, Ballard, and K. Williams and I am not sure they want to keep 4 RBs on the roster. The truth is, with all the praises K. Williams received he was mainly drafted as a KR and I can't see him being better than any of the other three RBs.
Competition is a good thing. I prefer to see only one KR, but that's not likely. I just hope they sit Vaughn down, he has no business returning.
@MarcusDugan Yeah I'm assuming they keep K Williams around as KR/PR and scatback. They might PS him but Bradshaw is coming off the PUP, DB get nicked up more than I'd like, and Ballard really wore down last year.
For most of the year, but the 4th guy was a kick returner, as smonroe pointed out. With the top three spots taken and the 4th being a KR, there wasn't room for Carter. But he's a class act, and Grigson found him an opportunity while finding a potentially better for for this team's needs.
Still don't know if they'll keep all that and a FB. That's a big chunk of roster committed to running the ball.
I think we only had three at a time, who weren't injured. I can't see us carrying four plus a FB. Unless they hold Bradshaw out for a little longer, K Williams is probably on the PS.