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Judging by his average numbers from last year, Terrell Suggs is determined to reclaim his top billing among NFL pass-rushers.
According to Suggs, the first step towards that end is cutting a leading-man’s physique.
“I’m trying to get back to the 2006 Sizzle, when I was 260 [pounds], about 7-11 percent body fat,” Suggs said during last weekend’s minicamp. “That’s how I can best serve my team.
“I think last season is kind of where it belongs,” he continued. “I’m not really thinking about it anymore. Last season is last season. The only thing I’m focused on right now is this offseason.”
Already, Suggs seems to be seeing results. He recently weighed in around 270 pounds and showed an exuberant spring in his step on the practice field, a move towards improving on his 2009 performance.
After registering 53 sacks in his first six pro seasons, Suggs turned in a career-low 4 ½ sacks last year.
That is decidedly not an option for the three-time Pro Bowler.
“This year, I think the team is going to step forward if I can get my sack numbers back up,” Suggs said. “I need to get back to where I belong and that’s the top. I think last year, I took a step back. I had to rebuild that trust with our coaches, but now that we have a year under our belt, I’m expecting nothing but the best.”
Suggs has traveled all over the country for the proper regimen in order to reach his goal, splitting time between the Ravens’ voluntary conditioning program in Owings Mills, Md., and a mixed martial arts studio in Tempe, Ariz., where he also works with a personal trainer.
“I did MMA [Mixed Martial Arts] to work with my hands,” noted Suggs. “That’s a big part of pass rushing. Kelly Gregg is phenomenal with his hands, and he knows judo. That’s huge. I’m a big fan of my teammates, and I try to take something from all of them.
“I’m looking for the Dali Lama of trainers right now. I’ll do whatever I can.”
The Ravens have stated that the pass rush is a major focus of their offseason, and Suggs’ coaches admitted that they want to place him in more situations to get after the quarterback.
With a renewed vigor, Suggs will gladly oblige.
“I think that great players have to be great all the time, and I am one of those great players,” Suggs said.