Late For Work 7/23: Terrell Suggs’ Training Camp Schedule

Reed’s contract year = big-time production. Williams is baaack. Introducing the Ravengers.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 9:06 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Suggs’ Training Camp Schedule

A little over three weeks removed from shedding the protective boot, linebacker Terrell Suggs says he is taking “giant” steps forward in the rehab process of his Achilles tendon injury.

Suggs says he no longer feels discomfort and is enjoying some of the normal movements he can make again.

“I feel great. I’m going up and down stairs. I’m going through rehabbing as we speak,” Suggs told WBAL’s Brett Hollander. “I feel very optimistic about my time and when I told y’all I was going to come back.”

Wait. Is he speaking of the timetable he originally gave when first injured: end of October, November by the latest? Because he has since backed off that timetable and more generically said he will return this season – no specific date.

Anyway … as the team kicks off the week with its grueling training camp practices, Suggs will endure his own intense training camp rehab schedule.

He jokingly insinuated that he will be working even harder than his teammates.

“I’m probably going to be in three-a-days while the guys are in two-a-days,” Suggs said. Of course the new CBA prohibits two-a-day padded practices. So that second practice will be a nice walkthrough.

The 10-year veteran will attend every meeting so he doesn’t “miss a beat” when he returns. Plus, the always-entertaining linebacker won’t let his teammates forget his voice and influence.

“I’m definitely going to be out there in the hot sun with the guys just because that’s where you build your team, in [those] trenches,” he said. “Right there preparing and working and trying to win the championship and there’s where it’s won.

“You don’t win the game on Sunday; you win it in your preparation. That’s everything you do leading up to [it]. Sunday is just the icing on the cake, to fine tune it. That’s where you get to have all of the fun of your hard work.”

Reed’s Contract Year = Big-Time Production

With Ed Reed (and his amazing ripped abs) practicing at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills last Thursday, concerns have died down some about his status for training camp and the season.

Not only does Jamison Hensley believe Reed will play in 2012, but the ESPN blogger believes the future Hall of Famer is primed for big things in a bounce-back year.

“He is in a contract year, which usually brings out the best in players,” Hensley wrote. “Reed will have something to prove, which is strange to say about an eight-time All-Pro.”

When judging his 2011 season purely by normal “Reed standards,” the safety did have a dip in production. He notched three interceptions, which was his fewest in a 16-game season. Plus Reed admitted to missing some tackles with a shoulder injury.

But Hensley predicts that Reed will be the sixth-best player in the AFC North next season because, well, he has to, as he enters the final year of his contract.

“Reed has made it clear this offseason that he wants more money,” Hensley wrote. “He won’t get it this year from the Ravens, but he could boost his price tag with a more typical Reed-like season.”

The Ravens reportedly offered Reed a new contract two days before last year’s season-opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen believes the Ravens will offer another deal at the end of this season, but won’t prohibit Reed from hitting free agency by applying the franchise tag to him.

What will Reed find if he tests the market? A number of interested teams, says’s Jason La Canfora.

“There will certainly be a market for Ed Reed if he’s healthy and anything like the Ed Reed we’ve seen through his career,” La Canfora told 105.7 The Fan Friday.

Williams Is Baaaack

It’s one of the most-anticipated battles in training camp – the starting cornerback position opposite Lardarius Webb.



Players Arrive For Camp

And now one of the main contenders can finally compete.

Cary Williams, 27, had a procedure on his hip in February after sustaining an injury in Week 10 vs. the Seattle Seahawks. He played through it for the rest of the season, starting all 18 games.

He reported to camp yesterday, as can be seen in the video to the right, and he says he’s ready to jump right into practice.

“I plan on just going right out there with the guys,” Williams told reporters at a benefit for the Special Olympics of Maryland Saturday night, per The Baltimore Sun. “I don’t expect to take any days off unless they tell me that’s what I need to do. As far as I’m concerned, I’m full go.”

Kicker Tucker Ready For Faceoff

Rookie free agent kicker Justin Tucker is ready to face off with veteran Billy Cundiff and try to win his first job in the NFL.

Tucker has been working out, kicking, lifting weights and running in his home state of Texas, preparing for his shot to unseat Cundiff, who misfired on a potential game-tying field goal in the Ravens’ AFC championship loss last season.

But the Longhorn is trying not to look at it in those terms.

I don’t look at it so much like I’m competing with Billy as much as I’m competing with myself to be at my best,” Tucker told the Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson. “I look forward to it, competing with a guy who’s had success. You’ve got to be mentally strong. You have to be ready to perform in any situation.”

He added, “I know he’s a good kicker, and he’s certainly done some good things. I’m going to do my thing and make the most of the opportunity. I feel like my strength is clutch kicking. You have to want to be in that position where the game’s on the line.”


I’m not a comic book aficionado, but I thought this was pretty cool.

Receiver Torrey Smith re-tweeted a comic book superhero T-shirt of himself, which was created by, a spinoff of the Marvel Comics superhero team, The Avengers.

“I need some!!” Smith wrote.

I checked out the website and got a big grin on my face when I saw the awesome superhero sketch for Suggs. I love his tiny purple-screaming head popping out of his massive muscle-bulging body. If I were to spend the 25 bucks it takes to purchase a T-shirt that would be my selection.

The story behind the Ravengers, per the website: “The road ahead is long and paved with the blood, sweat and tears of the fallen. The Gridiron of Charm City is where it begins. There will be danger, there will be struggle… and those less worthy will fall by the wayside. Our Gridiron Warriors are this city’s only hope. They stand and fight tirelessly week after week until only one force remains – THE RAVENGERS”

Great work, guys. Ravens fans are so creative, and it’s always fun to see what they come up with next.


Quick Hits

  • @334Upshaw41: Back in Baltimore to put in this work #RavenNation [Twitter]
  • @_KIDRaven_ [Ravens' 5th-rounder Asa Jackson]: Today… I start the biggest challenge of my life. But I wouldn’t have it any other way [Twitter]
  • @TeamSizzleFilms: I’ve had a great weekend! Met a lot of fans and just hung out in Baltimore! What did YOU do? [Twitter]
  • @TwentyER: Bless you bro. … This was Ed Reed’s tweet to @AdamFluharty3, who is currently serving in Afghanistan and posted this awesome picture. [Twitter]
  • “Be worried about seeing replacement officials in August, and quite possibly September,” wrote Peter King. “I’m hearing the talks are not going well.” []
  • In their preseason power rankings, the peeps at ProFootballTalk listed the Ravens at No. 5 because of their “talented roster, from top to bottom.” []

Tags: , , , , , ,