"That's what I am," he said after Monday's practice at the team's training facility in Owings Mills. "I'm a receiver. I want to be up in there."
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It's well-known that Reed has been passed by Smith and Doss on the team's depth chart. Reed, who said he was unsure if he would suit up for the team's preseason home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night, acknowledged that he has some catching up to do.
"Those dudes have been out here putting in that work," he said. "So I've got to come back and establish myself as being in there again. So I've just got to compete."
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron declined to assess where Reed stood among the wide receivers.
"We're going to have to make some decisions in a couple of weeks," Cameron said. "We don't have to make any decisions today. We'll let him improve, and let the other guys continue to improve and hopefully build some depth. We're putting together a nice group of young receivers."
In December, Reed tore a ligament in his left wrist and as recently as last week, he wore a large bag of ice around the wrist. He proclaimed that his wrist is "definitely back, and I'm full-go."
Reed, a fifth-round pick last year, did not catch a pass last season, but the former Utah standout led the NFL by averaging 29.3 yards and posted a franchise-record 103-yard kick return for a touchdown in a 34-28 overtime win against the Houston Texans on Dec. 13.
Reed figures to remain a fixture on the roster because of his prowess on kick returns, but if he can make some strides as a route-runner and receiver, he could increase his value to the team.
"I'm trying to bring whatever I can to the table," he said. "I'm trying to be out there to help the offense out, help the team out any way I can."
Rain forced the Ravens to move practice indoors Monday, but it didn't cool tension between players during the afternoon session.
Physical day at The Castle
During one play in a full-team exercise, right offensive tackle Jah Reid drove inside linebacker Jason Phillips to the turf. On the same play, right guard Oniel Cousins and rookie defensive end Pernell McPhee were swinging at each other.
The Reid-Phillips dust-up appeared to end before it even had a chance to explode, but the scuffle between Cousins and McPhee drew all the players into the middle of the field to either break it up or playfully leap on each other.
Afterwards, McPhee said Cousins instigated the incident.
"I almost fell on him, and he was like, 'Man, you almost fell on my knee,'" McPhee said. "Then he pushed me, and I was like, 'OK,' and I hit him.
"Just a long day with us. He was kind of frustrated, and he pushed me, and I'm a grown man. So I had to handle my business."
It was actually the second brouhaha of the day. An earlier exchange also incited a mob, but it occurred on the far end of the field and away from the media.