OWINGS MILLS – Terrell Suggs is confident the Ravens have the talent to be a playoff team, and is putting the disappointment of 2015 in his rearview mirror.
“I would have to say, since our Super Bowl year (2012) and the year before, the 2011 team, I think this is the best we’ve looked since then,” Suggs said following Thursday’s practice.
Suggs, a six-time Pro Bowler at outside linebacker, will turn 34 years old in October and wants another ring before he retires. Finishing 5-11 again is not in the plan, and Suggs is sending that message to younger teammates who were not around from 2008-12, when the Ravens made the playoffs five straight seasons. Suggs suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 1 last year, and wasn't around the team frequently.
“That was the purpose of this training camp,” Suggs said. “We have to beat that complacency of last year’s team. We have to get rid of last year’s team, last year’s feel, everything that went terrible with last year and leave it back there and be the Ravens that we know that we’re supposed to be and that we’re accustomed to being and that the standard was set here.”
Entering his 14th NFL season, Suggs expects to be a major part of the Ravens’ resurgence, reporting to camp noticeably lighter than in recent years.
How much weight did Suggs lose?
“I ain’t going to tell you,” Suggs said.
How did he lose it?
“Diet,” Suggs said. “I’m not a big fan of food, but when I do eat, I like to eat,” Suggs said. “I like my fried chicken, I like my pizza, my peaches and my gefilte fish. I had to cut all that out. I still eat the peaches and a little bit of the fish. But that is about it.”
The tenor of practice changed when Suggs returned Monday, and Thursday’s return of wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. made Suggs even more excited.
“It just feels like everything we lost last year, we are getting it all back,” Suggs said. “Now we’re getting our swag back and our chemistry. Everything is starting to feel good, and now we are starting to feel like the Ravens again.”