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In his first game back after undergoing offseason wrist surgery, David Reed showed up in a big way for the Ravens.
Reed was a key component of two Ravens scoring drives in Baltimore’s 31-13 preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs, leading the team (tied) with three receptions for 68 yards.
“This [performance] definitely puts this wrist injury in the past,” Reed said.
“It feels great to get back to where I was, and it’s a blessing from God that I’m able to catch the way that I used to be catching before I got the surgery,” he continued. “I’d never had an injury like that before, and I couldn’t catch the way I normally caught when I did get hurt.”
There was some question whether that would happen when Reed first got on the field.
Midway through the fourth quarter, quarterback Tyrod Taylor looked for Reed in the left flat, but the pass bounced off his hands incomplete.
“I was just a little anxious,” Reed explained. “I saw Tyrod giving me that look, and it was a good feeling. Then I just wanted to catch it so bad and get up the field and make a move on the receiver that I moved too fast and dropped the ball.”
Fortunately for Reed, Taylor showed faith in the second-year wideout and went right back to him to convert a key third down.
From there, it was gangbusters. Reed drew a pass-interference penalty that gave the Ravens 25 yards and caught another 18-yard pass that led to a touchdown on the next play.
Reed then set up another touchdown when he corralled a 41-yard bomb from Taylor during the following drive.
The second-year receiver believes he can continue to make those big plays.
“That’s what I did all through college, high school, everything. I felt like I could always make those plays. I make those downfield catches. Once that ball is in the air I feel like I’ve got to come down with it.”
In addition, undrafted rookie LaQuan Williams had a big night in front of his hometown Maryland crowd.
The former Terrapin was the target of a 38-yard rainbow from quarterback Hunter Cantwell that produced a game-capping touchdown in the final two minutes.
Williams has played his way into the 53-man conversation with his speed and special teams contributions, but he turned heads Friday with his receiving ability.
“LaQuan has been a downfield threat,” said Harbaugh. “He’s an interesting study, because at Maryland, I think it was the injuries that kind of held him back. He was a proven special teams player, which is close to my heart. He’s come out here and played really well.
“We’ve got some great competition. Marcus Smith is right in there battling for a spot. Justin Harper, Brandon Jones (are) fighting for those last receiver spots. We’ve got some good players battling for those spots, and LaQuan is one of them.”