"When you get in there, you start understanding how very, very good Ed is," Zbikowski said. "He studies the game. He's got a great feel for the game, and he's not afraid to go make big plays. ÃÂ You're never going to make the big play if you don't go for it. You never win big unless you bet big."
Zbikowski's newfound perspective is perhaps a sign of maturity. The timing might be perfect for the Ravens, who go to camp without Reed or cornerbacks Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb. They have added veterans Ken Hamlin at safety and Walt Harris at corner. But it's clear they expect Zbikowski to be the guy who replaces Reed, at least in the short term.
"Tom trained like a beast in the offseason," Pagano said. "He's leaner than he's ever been. He's explosive. He's got great range. You see the instincts, you see the ball skills, so I'm sure glad we got the kid."