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Andre Reed: Richard Sherman couldn’t cover me in my prime

Andre Reed played 16  seasons in the NFL from 1985-2000, earning seven Pro Bowl selections and proving that he may have been one of the greatest receivers to play in the NFL.

In 234 games, he logged 951 catches that went for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns.

In 2009, Reed was inducted into the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame, an honor he earned after playing for the team for 15 seasons. And Reed will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well on Aug. 2.

Reed knows he was a great receiver in his prime — so good that he doesn’t think Richard Sherman would have been able to contain him on the field.

Speaking at the 27th annual Jim Kelly Football Camp on Friday, Reed addressed a question regarding Sherman’s ability to cover him, per

“In your prime, do you think (Seattle Seahawks cornerback) Richard Sherman could check you?” the camper asked with a laugh.

“Hell no,” Reed responded as the campers burst into applause. “Look, Richard Sherman is a really good player. But he isn’t a Deion (Sanders) or a (Rod) Woodson yet, even if he thinks he is.”

Sherman is certainly on track to have a long, successful career, but perhaps, as Reed says, it’s too early in his career to compare him to Sanders or Woodson.

However, there is no denying that Sherman is one of the best defensive backs in the game as of right now.

Pro Football Talk writer Mike Florio says the most common criticism of Sherman is that he plays in the Seahawks system, which means…

Sherman stays on the left side of the formation, and he’s never asked to spend the game shadowing the opposition’s best receiver. Sherman also benefits from the presence of a potent pass rush and two of the best safeties, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, of the last generation.

It should also be worth noting that even though Sherman was one of the least-targeted corners in the NFL in 2013, he led them all with eight interceptions.

The debate will go on and on over who is the best at the corner position. Patrick Peterson thinks he is better than Sherman and then Brandon Flowers says he is the best CB in the game.

Let’s just wait for the season to start and then let the players do their talking on the field.

Training camp is (finally!) now just under two weeks away.

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  • trinity

    Andre is right. nobody compares to primetime Sanders.

  • Laylovv

    Prime time was the man but Sherman is the best since Prime time. Andre would have been locked down had he played against Sherman and Seattle’s Defense. The game is now more than ever officiated so that offenses can dominate. The best offense in history just got pimped slapped. Andre reed wasn’t on the best offense in the leagues history last time I checked.

  • johntheonly

    This is one of those “I’m bored as hell conversations” which truly is for people with excessive T to waste. The game has changed incredibly since Reed’s time and so let him say what he will. It matters not to anybody to compare either him, or Sanders, or anyone else who retired over 8 years ago, regarding their opinion, no matter how expert it may sound. The two (Sherman and Reed), will never match up-but just for the record, I’ll go out on a limb and predict that Sherman can cover any fifty year old wide receiver and probably shut him down….and saying that is no more ridiculous than some old guy saying….”Back in my day, blah, blah, blah…” don’t fall for it fans, It’s not apples to oranges, it’s apples to Roman shields found at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea. The good news is that we’ll soon watch training camp unfold-go Hawks as always.

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