Wake-up call: Ed Reed reports to camp*

July, 25, 2012
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*Here's your updated AFC North wake-up call:

Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed reported on time for Ravens training camp Wednesday morning, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Reed, who is entering the final year of his contract, has been indecisive this offseason on his future plans and skipped last month's mandatory mincamp. He didn't speak to reporters as he entered the team's facility around 10 a.m. The Ravens' first full-team practice will be held Thursday.

On Tuesday, coach John Harbaugh said he expected Reed to show up.

"Ed Reed plans on being here," Harbaugh told Baltimore reporters Tuesday, via the Carroll County (Md.) Times. "I talked with Ed. I had a great conversation and I'm looking forward to seeing him."

Hensley's slant: I always expected Reed to show up. His track record the past few years is to complain about his contract in the offseason and quietly report to the team when training camp begins. Holding out would have caused a media stir, but it wouldn't have resulted in a new contract.

BENGALS: The team isn't going to take advantage of the new relaxed blackout rules and will keep the capacity at Paul Brown Stadium the same. “We’re going to stick with the old rule," Bengals owner Mike Brown told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "What we want to see are sold out houses and we want the stadium full with 65,000-plus people. We don’t want to get to just 85 percent or 55,000. If you think back when they passed the sales tax to finance the stadiums they did it so people could come downtown to the stadiums and watch games. They didn’t do it so people could sit at home and watch games on television." Hensley's slant: Despite selling out only two of their past 10 regular-season home games, the Bengals are in a good position to pack Paul Brown Stadium this year. Not only is there a strong buzz about the team, but the Bengals have a high-profile home schedule that includes the Super Bowl champion Giants, the Cowboys, the Broncos as well as the return of Carson Palmer (Raiders) and Chad Johnson (Dolphins).

BROWNS: Cleveland is looking for rookie second-round pick Mitchell Schwartz to start right away at right tackle, even though he hasn't played that spot since Cal's 2009 season. As a left tackle, he was second-team All-Pac-12 in 2010 and first-team all-conference in 2011. “Honestly, I think it’s pretty much the same,” Schwartz told the Canton Repository. “The skill set is very similar. The mentality is very similar. You’ve got to be able to run block well, pass block well and have a balanced offense.” Hensley's slant: This shouldn't be much of a transition. His physical style of play is better suited on the right side. That's why many considered Schwartz the best right tackle prospect in the draft.

STEELERS: A Steelers player and blogger both tweeted that wide receiver Mike Wallace had reached a long-term deal with the team, but both quickly retracted the announcements. Tight end Weslye Saunders posted on Twitter: "So apparently I may have jumped the gun about Mike and the new deal. Just pretend I ain't say nothin lol." Hensley's slant: Many believe Wallace's deal will get done before the regular season. It could get signed as soon as the next couple of weeks. There were reports last week that the sides had made progress. Wallace has yet to sign his $2.7 million restricted free-agent tender.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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