The clock is ticking on Ravens wide receiver and return specialist David Reed, and he intends to be ready.
On the physically unable to perform list for at least the first six weeks of the season, Reed has a three-week window after those first six games to either return to practice and be placed on the active roster or go on injured reserve, which would end his season.
Reed tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last December against the Cleveland Browns.
Sprinting and cutting again, Reed says he's ahead of schedule.
"I'm feeling really good," Reed said. "I'm feeling better than last year. At the end of the six weeks, I'll be 200 percent by then definitely. I'm ready to pop out of my skin already. I can't wait, I feel good, I'm ahead of schedule. It's a blessing. I know I'm going to play this season."
Reed has been toiling in the training room, weight room and practice field trying to regain his form and strengthen the knee.
One of the biggest thing is regaining the confidence in the surgically-repaired joint.
"I trust it, it's good," Reed said. "I feel like I'm faster than last year. My stride opened up more. I'm stronger in some of the angles of how I run. I'm working on a lot of things I never worked on before in my life. I just need to get back used to being on the field with everybody else. I can't wait."
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