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A year removed from admittedly showing up to training camp out of shape and subsequently dealing with an injury that retarded his preparation for the 2009 season, Terrell Suggs wants to take the football field as soon as possible.
That’s because he’s ready to debut his smaller physique and show he is back in top form.
“Everybody knows that the No. 1 thing was to get my weight down to where I was playing at, and I think we did that,” Suggs told BaltimoreRavens.com.
“I feel that I’m ready to get back to it. It’s been a long time since that last game, but I feel like I’m at the place I want to be. I think I’m back to where I can be dominant.”
What is that playing weight?
Well, “T-Sizz” wants to keep that under wraps until he walks out of McDaniel College’s locker rooms in late July, even though he had targeted 260 pounds earlier this offseason.
“I’m feeling good,” he said. ”I don’t want to give away too much, because I want to give everyone a chance to see when I come back.”
Suggs would certainly like to see his game – and then that of the Ravens’ – improve in 2010.
Last season, he was close to 280 pounds at times. In 2009, he totaled 4 1/2 sacks and 59 tackles, his fewest since his rookie year of 2003. That was after a 2008 campaign where he notched eight sacks and two interceptions, marking his third Pro Bowl berth.
To make sure his 2009 performance never happens again, Suggs partially participated in the Ravens’ voluntary offseason conditioning program, and then trained hard around his home in Tempe, Ariz., sometimes using a mixed martial arts studio.
Still, Suggs is focused on setting team goals.
“My goals are the AFC North Championship, the AFC Championship and the Lombardi,” he said. ”After that, we’ll see what comes.”
Suggs has been in the national eye lately with a two-day tour of ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn.
Sitting at the desk with former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, the movie mogul opined on several NFL-related topics.
“I had a great time, especially with my co-host,” Suggs said of the experience. ”He went to Arizona and is a New England Patriot, so I felt we were going to clash the whole time. You know what? We did, but that made it even more fun.”
It remains to be seen how fun Suggs’ 2010 season will be, but he says he is off to a good start.