The Ravens’ first wave of voluntary offseason workouts commenced this week, and gracing Owings Mills with his presence was a guy that, by his own admission, might not have been in the best of shape last season.
Linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs, who missed the offseason workouts in 2008 and 2009, and training camp in 2008, due to contract disputes, then most of 2009’s training camp with a foot injury after signing a 6-year, $63 million deal, is reportedly ready to work.
According to BaltimoreRavens.com, Suggs had this to say: “I liked the way my body used to look in my uniform, so I’m trying to get that back. I put on weight so I could be stronger against the run, but I’ve always been good against the run. I’m trying to get back down to my normal weight, 260-265.”
Although listed at 260 on the team’s website (as well as NFL.com), Suggs said he weighed closer to 280 last season. While probably not quite looking like he had “child bearing hips” (as M&T Bank Stadium Announcer and all-around cornball Bruce Cunningham put it on his radio show today), Ravens fans definitely noticed a change in Suggs’ play.
Hopefully this new commitment to himself and his team leads Suggs to return to the dominant defender that we all know he can be. After sitting out the 2008 training camp and preseason, he still turned in a very impressive regular season with 8.0 sacks and two interceptions for touchdowns, and played through injury during the team’s playoff run. Last year though, the lack of production was obvious to all. His 4.5 sacks were the lowest in his seven-year career, and his 44 tackles the fewest since his rookie season of 2003. In another first, Suggs missed three games; he had played in every Ravens’ game during his first six years in the league.
Sizzle sounds like he is chomping at the bit to get back to his dominant form. Ravens fans are ready to welcome back the old play-making #55 with open (albeit slightly less WIDE open) arms.