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Encouraging sign for Reed

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2010 – 8:03 am

Even though Andre Reed did not make the final cut for enshrinement as a member of the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, there is some encouraging news regarding the outcome of the voting.

In the previous three years in which Reed was a finalist he was eliminated in the first round of cuts from 15 to 10. This year however, Reed cleared the first cut making it the second round or the final 10 candidates. For Reed to do that with Cris Carter and Tim Brown also in the field of finalists is a very promising sign that Reed’s enshrinement is likely to happen sooner rather than later.

Carter and Brown were both eliminated in the first round of cuts (15 to 10). So it appears that the Hall of Fame voting committee sees Reed as more worthy of induction than Carter or Brown. And I believe it’s because there’s one key area where Reed is superior to Carter and Brown with respect to his career and that’s winning and performing in the playoffs.

Reed has an edge over Carter and Brown in one key area. The postseason.

Some might see this as a slanted playing field, knowing Reed played in 21 career playoff games as he was part of a Bills team that won four straight AFC Championships. But Carter played in a respectable 14 playoff games himself and Brown played in a dozen. Both of them reached a conference championship game and Brown played in a Super Bowl.

Even though Reed expectedly has superior numbers in terms of receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in the postseason, he also bests Carter in average yards per reception, speaking to Reed’s yards after the catch prowess.

Reed stands third all-time in playoff receptions (though that could change today with a big day from Reggie Wayne), fourth in receiving yards and is tied for sixth in postseason touchdowns. Carter is behind him in all of those categories, ranked 11th, 14th and 10th respectively. Tim Brown meanwhile, who played in 12 playoff games isn’t even in the top 25 all-time in any of those categories. One other stat to add, Carter had two 100-yard receiving games in his playoff career. Reed had five.

It seems as though the Hall of Fame voting committee recognizes that Reed was productive even though there were other offensive weapons on his team and the best case in point would be his performance when the other offensive stars were not available, namely the Comeback Game. With no Jim Kelly, and an injured Thurman Thomas, Reed and Frank Reich hooked up for three second-half touchdowns to help propel Buffalo to a third straight Super Bowl.

Finally the voting committee looks as though they’re coming around to seeing that Reed is deserving and based on this year’s voting you could make the argument that he’ll be the next receiver to gain enshrinement.


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