Suggs: We Don’t Win Super Bowls in OTAs

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs explained why he doesn’t attend voluntary OTAs.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 11:03 am | Categories: Ryan Mink
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Much has been made about Terrell Suggs not attending the Ravens’ voluntary organized team activities this offseason after he proclaimed his desire to slim down and get back to his Pro Bowl form.
 
But Suggs doesn’t believe he needs to be in Owings Mills, Md., in order to do that. The outside linebacker explained his reasoning Tuesday on the Scott Garceau Show on 105.7 The Fan.
 
“Some guys need to be under the supervision of the coaches and the strength coaches and working out with the team,” Suggs said. “But some guys just don’t need that. Some guys, it’s best for them to work individually with a trainer. I’ve always worked out with a trainer and it’s worked out thus far for me pretty good.”
 
Suggs participated in the Ravens’ single mandatory OTA. But he was one of a few veterans, including linebacker Ray Lewis, to opt out of all the voluntary practices.
 
“As far as OTA things goes, a lot of guys get hurt,” Suggs said. “I don’t think a lot of guys like to take that risk. It’s OTAs, we’re not winning any games here or any Super Bowls in OTAs. So I’d rather stick to my training and be in top shape come training camp.”
 
Suggs reported to last year’s training camp weighing nearly 280 pounds. After recording a career-low 4.5 sacks and missing four games due to injury, he admitted he wasn’t happy with his season.
 
Garceau asked Suggs, who has said he wants to get down to 260 pounds, if he was currently in “sprinter’s” shape.
 
Suggs simply responded: “Most definitely.”
 
“That’s been the No. 1 focus the entire offseason is getting back to the way the world is used to seeing me playing – very aggressive and on a quarterback’s back,” Suggs told Garceau. “I’ve got to get back to that.”

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