On the same day that David Reed was activated from the Ravens' physically-unable-to-perform list, the second-year wide receiver expressed his wish to be a more permanent member on offense.
"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."
Reed's quest would appear to be behind schedule as he joins a wide receiving corps of Anquan Boldin, Justin Harper, James Hardy, Brandon Jones and rookies Torrey Smith, Tandon Doss and LaQuan Williams that has been practicing since training camp opened on July 28.
It's universally 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 University of 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 due to 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."