After creating more than his fair share of questions this offseason, Ed Reed walked through the doors of the Under Armour Performance Center on Wednesday and reported to training camp.
Reed kept everyone guessing about whether that would happen, saying at one minute he wasn't committed to the game and the next that he wanted to come back. So whether he actually would be patrolling the defensive backfield at M&T Bank Stadium in 2012 was unknown.
It sure seems like that will be the case now that the All-Pro safety has shown up in Owings Mills.
Reed didn't talk to the media Wednesday. But fellow Ravens defensive leader, linebacker Ray Lewis did, and addressed the 33-year-old Reed's arrival at camp.
"There's a couple guys on this team that when you see their face, you know it's going to be all right. And he's one of those guys," Lewis said. "And he's maturing into a man, and understanding that there are other things outside of the game that are way more important. But at the same time, it's a business, and every time that it's a business, Ed understands that, 'When it's time to show up, I'm here.'
"For me, it was never a question if Ed was going to be at camp or not. Whether he speaks about whatever, that's from his heart. But him taking care of the business side of it, he's always done that."
A bit of the buzz at the Ravens training complex Wednesday surrounded Lewis and his weight. He arrived in town looking trim and slim, with some estimating he clocked in at 235 pounds.
In the team's media guide, Lewis is listed at 240 pounds, but the 37-year-old said he's entering his 17th NFL season even lighter than that. He commented that being leaner was a focus for him, and said he came to camp at the lightest weight of his pro career.
"The game is changing and the game ain't no more 250-, (260)-pound fullbacks, offenses running the ball 25, 30, 40-plus times," Lewis said. "It just isn't happening anymore. The game is changing to it's all based on matchups now. People want to find mismatches here and there, so you just change with the game.
"Who can't run? So, for me, that's kind of what my thought process was coming into these next years. And I had a couple coaches over the years giving great advice. They shared, the later you get, the lighter you play. And you just feel better, you feel better because you have the wisdom to go off and do whatever you want to do. But I just think playing lighter is much smarter for me."