Ravens’ Suggs in­ter­cepts pass, proves ‘he’s back’

Cecil Whig - - RAVENS - By SEAN GROGAN


— Two days af­ter mak­ing his train­ing camp de­but, the old Ter­rell Suggs was out in full force Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

The veteran out­side line­backer jumped and in­ter­cepted Bal­ti­more Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco at the line of scrim­mage and re­turned it for a touch­down.

“Darth Siz­zle is back,” Suggs’ state­ment be­gan Mon­day when he was ac­ti­vated from the PUP list. He proved it true on Wed­nes­day.

“That’s kind of his trade­mark in­ter­cep­tion. He’s had a few of those,” head coach John Har­baugh said. “I saw An­thony Levine and I said ‘ I guess he’s back.’ But we’d heard him be­fore that. It was good to see him make a play like that.”

Fans at the Un­der Ar­mour Per­for­mance Cen­ter roared for the in­ter­cep­tion. Suggs cel­e­brated by launch­ing the ball into the bleach­ers.

“Sure, $ 50,” Har­baugh joked about the price of the do­nated foot­ball. “He can af­ford it.”

Har­baugh wasn’t the only one who heard Suggs’ voice through­out prac­tice.

“He can talk. That’s the big­gest thing, I’ve got to ig­nore that and re­mem­ber what I’m do­ing,” tight end Crock­ett Gill­more said. “The guy steps on the field, and he’s chang­ing the game. He’s a guy that has also done it for a long time. In­stincts – he had no idea that play [ the in­ter­cep­tion] was com­ing. We hadn’t run it all camp. He’s mak­ing plays and be­ing the guy we ex­pect.”


Gill­more was asked whether Suggs’ con­stant trash talk is di­rected at any in­di­vid­ual play­ers or just the of­fense in gen­eral.

“He talks to who­ever is walk­ing by, it doesn’t mat­ter. I feel bad for the kids, he might call them out. There’s no telling,” Gill­more said. “You hear him be­fore you see him, but you also know who it is. It’s not like it’s some ran­dom per­son. He has that de­meanor and he backs it up.”

Ear­lier in prac­tice, Suggs dove in an at­tempt to thwart a run play at the line of scrim­mage. Coaches asked him to ease up a bit.

He later jumped into a drill for de­fen­sive backs where safeties and cor­ner­backs track down ten­nis balls hit high into the air. Suggs ran the ball down per­fectly and smoothly caught it over his shoul­der, draw­ing an ap­plause from the bleach­ers.

Even when Suggs was not on the field, the de­fense seemed to dom­i­nate Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice.

“He brings a spe­cial type of en­ergy with him. He’s def­i­nitely one of those guys that’s al­most like hav­ing a coach with you,” de­fen­sive tackle Timmy Jerni­gan said.

“When we’re out there to­gether and he sees some­thing ... Some­times he’s telling me, ‘ The play is com­ing to you,’” he con­tin­ued. “He hasn’t told me any­thing wrong in three years. Ev­ery time he has been be­side me and said, ‘ This is what’s about to hap­pen,’ it’s hap­pened.”

Suggs tore his Achilles last sea­son in a Week 1 loss to the Den­ver Bron­cos. He passed the team’s con­di­tion­ing test ear­lier in camp be­tween his coach’s back, but was still ab­sent un­til Mon­day. Suggs was lim­ited in 11- on- 11 sit­u­a­tions dur­ing his first two prac­tices, but fi­nally showed Wed­nes­day how ready he was.

“He came back in re­ally good shape,” Har­baugh said. “He took the cou­ple weeks here – the early weeks in camp – to re­ally im­prove on that. He’s in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion.”

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Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco ad­mit­ted Tues­day that his knee is not 100 per­cent, but said that it feels great. He is un­sure if he’ll play against the In­di­anapo­lis Colts in Satur­day’s pre­sea­son game.


Ravens line­backer Ter­rell Suggs in­ter­cepted quar­ter­back Joe Flacco and re­turned it for a touch­down Wed­nes­day.

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